Finding that rock, the hard way
Don't leave your lower unit behind - slow down! (Scott Sommerlatte photo)
The sooner you get there, the more fish you’re likely to catch, but speeding through skinny water increases the chances that you’ll strike a submerged stump or rock. That can lead to being catapulted off the boat and injured. And it’s almost guaranteed that the high-speed encounter will destroy the outboard’s lower unit.
According to the claim files, striking submerged objects is the No. 1 cause of loss in the BoatUS Marine Insurance program, which winds up costing everyone a lot of money.
You may be able to avoid such an incident by wearing polarized sunglasses, keeping an eye on the GPS, paying attention to posted water levels, and download a chsrting software app. But the best guarantee is to slow down in shallow or unfamiliar waters. Better to arrive a few minutes late than not to arrive at all.
Help at your fingertips
Are you ready to handle a boat engine breakdown, grounding, or dead battery far from the launch ramp or marina this summer season?
Don’t forget to download the free BoatUS Towing App to your smartphone, and if you do have a problem on the water, you’ll be able to summon assistance. In addition to on-the-water towing dispatch, the App can be used to summon roadside assistance when you’re trailering your boat down the highway.
View your latitude and longitude locations – in or out of cell phone range - making it easy to relay your location over your phone or VHF radio. When in cell-range, you can even view your location on Google Maps.
Pull up your “Digital Member Card” to display a copy of your card – showing your name, Member number, expiration date, and towing levels. Show this card to get discounts at participating businesses in your area!
Find a good fishing hole? Want to meet at a certain spot on the water or warn a friend of a navigational hazard? Text, email, or share your location on Facebook with your friends with a click of a button!
The BoatUS Towing app is free to download at www.BoatUS.com/towing/app
Woof! We've got your best friend covered
Anglers who insure their boats with BoatUS ANGLER now receive pet insurance coverage through the BoatUS Marine Insurance Program. Effective June 1, the program automatically includes $1,000 of coverage for injuries as the result of an on-the-water accident, as well as a death benefit, for no additional cost.
“At BoatUS ANGLER we know accidents don’t just impact your boat and ‘human’ family or guests aboard — sometimes pets get hurt too,” said BoatUS Vice President of Underwriting Mike Pellerin. “If your boat suffers a covered loss and your (or family member’s) dog or cat onboard suffers an injury, we’ll pay up to $1,000 for veterinary expenses, or for final arrangements should the worst happen, for each pet aboard. This is just another way we take care of our members.”
For more information go to www.BoatUS.com/insurance/pets.
What's in a name?
Making the decision to buy a boat comes easy for some people. Picking out a name for the boat, however, can prove to be much harder.
"A boat name reflects the life and loves of the owner," says Occoless Trotter of the BoatUS Boat Graphics department in Alexandria, Va., which helps boaters design their own boat names. "But, it's hard to sum it all up with just a few words."
BoatUS, the half-million-member boat owners group, has been tallying its Top 10 Boat Names for more than two decades.
"When you get a boat, there are certain things you have to do, such as registering it and buying insurance or towing coverage," Trotter said. "However, picking a boat name opens up a creative side."
This year's list included three newcomers: Nauti Buoy, Serenity Now, and Blew ByYou, a popular racing sailboat moniker and clever word play on an old Roy Orbison song made famous by Linda Ronstadt. Two other boat names made the list for the second time: Dream Weaver and Pegasus. All others are multi-year repeats.
To create graphics for your boat visit www.BoatUS.com/boatgraphics.
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