Wed, 25 Apr 2018 2:58:00 +0000 BoatUS Press Releases News relating to BoatUS and Boating Wed, 25 Apr 2018 01:58:20 EST Maine Now Offers Free Boating Safety Course at HomeMon, 23 Apr 2018 08:30:30 EST, Maine, April 23, 2018 – The Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife offers Maine boaters many ways to take boating safety courses, but now there is a new option that saves money. The Pine Tree State now offers the free online BoatUS Foundation boating safety course]]> Capt. Jeff Loraas Returns to His RootsFri, 20 Apr 2018 08:35:30 EST MINNETONKA, Minn., April 20, 2018 – For Captain Jeff Loraas, a 1985 Mound Westonka High School graduate, his path in life took him from Minnesota to Florida for a career in service-related work and family. Now he’s back to Lake Minnetonka as the new owner of the 24-hour on water towing service TowBoatUS…]]> 5 Things Your Marine Surveyor Wants You to KnowFri, 20 Apr 2018 08:30:30 EST, Va., April 20, 2018 – For many people, buying a boat is the second largest purchase they will make in their lifetime, and at the center of this process is your friendly marine surveyor. Ensuring that you know everything you possibly can about a used boat (and even some new boats) is a smart move. If you catch…]]> BoatUS Warns Against President's Proposal to Sell E15 Year RoundTue, 17 Apr 2018 08:30:30 EST, Va., April 17, 2018 – A proposal by President Trump to allow the sale of E15 (15 percent ethanol) gasoline year-round has set off alarm bells at the nation’s largest boating advocacy group, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS).

E15 is prohibited by federal law for use in recreational boat engines,…]]> Is Your Boat in Hurricane Country?Fri, 13 Apr 2018 08:30:30 EST, Va., April 13, 2018 – Will you have a recreational boat located in hurricane country as of June 1? According to recently released predictions by experts at Colorado State University, the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season could be a doozy. If your boat may be in the crosshairs of one of the 14 tropical storms or seven hurricanes…]]> Want to Learn How to Boat?Tue, 10 Apr 2018 08:30:30 EST, Fla., April 10, 2018 – Want to learn the basics of powerboating or brush up on your skills? The nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water together with Freedom Boat Club Pensacola offer an affordable and fun ‘Intro to Boating’ course taught aboard 21-foot…]]> US Interior Secretary Zinke AddressesFri, 6 Apr 2018 10:30:30 EST, April 6, 2018 – U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke addressed the Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council at its recent meeting held April 4 and 5 at the Department of Interior in Washington, D.C.

The secretary emphasized the importance of outdoor recreation, specifically as it relates to boating,…]]> Want to Learn How to Boat?Fri, 6 Apr 2018 08:30:30 EST BEACH, Calif., April 6, 2018 – Want to learn the basics of powerboating or brush up on your skills? The nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water together with Freedom Boat Club Huntington Beach offer an affordable and fun Intro to Boating course taught aboard 21-foot…]]> TowBoatUS Opens New Locations in Racine, Wis., and Waukegan, Ill.Thu, 5 Apr 2018 08:30:30 EST, Wis., April 5, 2018 – Captain Gareth Stamm, a recreational boat-towing captain and business owner, opened his second TowBoatUS location on the Illinois River last year. Now Stamm is seeing growth potential on Lake Michigan with the opening of TowBoatUS Racine and TowBoatUS Chesapeake City, a 24-hour on-water towing and assistance service for recreational boaters, has been a Chesapeake Bay boater for the majority of his life. He says the business will keep him closer to the bay, but what really led him to…]]> BoatUS Spring Commissioning ChecklistTue, 27 Mar 2018 08:30:30 EST, Va, March 27, 2018 — With boatyards, backyards, marinas, and clubs now coming to life, spring commissioning time has arrived. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has a Spring Commissioning Checklist to help boaters start the season right:

Before…]]> Want to Learn How to Boat?Tue, 20 Mar 2018 08:30:30 EST, Fla., March 20, 2018 – Want to learn the basics of powerboating or brush up on your skills? The nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water together with Freedom Boat Club Jacksonville offer a choice of two fun Take a Boating Safety Education Course Mar. 18-24Wed, 14 Mar 2018 08:30:30 EST, Md., March 14, 2018 – Next week, Mar. 18-24, is a great time to take a boating safety course. Why? It’s perfect timing just before the start of the boating and fishing season and the week-long ‘Spring Aboard’ public service campaign makes it easy for boaters to take a boating safety course. The educational effort is a partnership of the…]]> How to Get a Boat Loan Without a HiccupFri, 9 Mar 2018 08:30:00 EST, Va., March 9, 2018 – With interest rates already on the rise, how can you ensure your boat loan goes smoothly without time-consuming hiccups? Here are 10 tips from Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) just in time for the spring buying season.

1. Check your credit. Before applying…]]> BoatUS: Tax Provisions for Boats ExtendedTue, 6 Mar 2018 08:30:30 EST, March 6, 2018 – Just two short years ago, Congress extended some boat sales tax and mortgage interest deductions for recreational boat buyers. Excluding home equity loans, those deductions remain for next year’s 2018 tax season with the recently passed GOP tax overhaul plan signed into law on December 22, 2017, albeit with some new lower limits on lending amounts, according…]]> BoatUS: Boaters Stand to Gain With Government's RecognitionThu, 1 Mar 2018 08:30:00 EST, Va., March 1, 2018 – It’s no surprise that the industries that produce the most goods or services and keep the economy humming often receive favorable attention from legislators in Washington. Now with the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) February announcement that the outdoor recreation industry’s 2016 annual gross output is 2 percent…]]> BoatUS Magazine Wins 9 Awards from Boating Writers InternationalTue, 27 Feb 2018 08:30:30 EST, February 27, 2018 – Boating Writers International, the professional association for writers, editors, publishers, photographers and videographers in the recreational boating and fishing industry, bestowed nine awards on BoatUS Magazine staff during a presentation recently held at the group’s annual meeting…]]> If You Want Better Fishing, Tell Your Senator TodayMon, 26 Feb 2018 01:00:00 EST, February 26, 2018 – Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) urges recreational boaters and anglers residing in states with U.S. Senate Commerce Committee members to speak up now in favor of passing the Modern Fish Act. The bill, which will be voted on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, aims at improving federal marine fisheries…]]> NWSA Women's Sailing Conference Slated for June 2 Marblehead, MAWed, 7 Feb 2018 08:30:30 EST, Mass., February 7, 2018 – Where do ladies go to improve their sailing? The National Women’s Sailing Association (NWSA) will hold its 17th Annual Women's Sailing Conference on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, Massachusetts. The event, which…]]> BoatUS Voices Support for Hawaii Boat Title LegislationMon, 5 Feb 2018 10:30:30 EST, Hawaii, February 5, 2018 – On behalf of Hawaii’s 11,000 registered recreational boat owners and more than 2,500 dues-paying members, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) delivered on Friday to the Hawaii House of Representatives Committee on Transportation a