Membership News

Stuck In The Sand, But A Happy Ending

On September 27, as we were navigating the Hobuken Canal in New Jersey, southbound at Buoy 25, we were sideswiped by a 26-knot gust that successfully launched our dinghy into the wind and waves opposite the mouth of the Bay River. As we attempted to retrieve our Zodiac, we were pushed into shallow water and a deep sand shoal. Grounded!

When we realized efforts to free ourselves would result in damage to our boat, we contacted TowBoatUS through a radio relay by First Light and we were able to have the Belhaven dispatch send help. Because of squally weather, our location was more than an hour away so we dropped anchor and waited. And there they were, right on schedule! It must've taken 40 minutes to work us out of the sand, but the TowBoatUS's experienced, good-humored, never-doubt-it-for-a-minute crew not only pulled us free ... they also found our wayward dinghy that had drifted more than a mile away in extremely shallow water! These guys were great! Thanks so much to the Belhaven/River Forest TowBoatUS rescue crew, the dispatch office, and for all of the member services provided by TowBoatUS Every dime well spent!

Say Goodbye To Your Insurance Deductible!

BoatUS Insurance policyholders can start saying good-bye to their deductibles with our new Diminishing Deductible policy feature. Available for all policy types, the Diminishing Deductible automatically discounts your deductible 25 percent at renewal, each year you remain claims-free, until it reaches $0. Once it reaches $0 — it stays that way as long as you remain claims-free with BoatUS Unlike other insurance companies, if you elect to change your deductible at any time, you don't have to start over. Not a policyholder? No problem. Call 1-800-283-2883 for a free quote or apply online.

Members Save At More Places

The BoatUS Cooperating Marina Program has more than 900 marinas where you can save on fuel, transient slips, and repairs, just by showing your membership card. The program is now expanding to include bait and tackle shops, guides, charters, and other boating-related businesses that allow members to save even more. Check out the new website to learn about the expanded program and to locate a business near you that offers a discount. Know of a marina or boating-related business that would be a good fit for the program? Let us know by filling out the "Suggest a Business" form.

BoatUS Angler Sponsors Two Shows

"Hook n' Look", an up-close look into the fish's neighborhood, jumps in with both feet as you accompany 20-year veteran professional angler and lead diver Kim Stricker and his son Danny, exploring lake bottoms. Airing on Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. EST and Saturdays at 8 a.m. EST on Versus, it's a captivating fishing experience, above and below the surface. "Zona's Awesome Fishing Show" ( will follow the same basic premise of Mark Zona's popular "World's Greatest Fishing Show", which aired on ESPN2. Zona said that his new show on the Outdoor Channel airing Fridays at 8 p.m. EST, 9 a.m. Saturdays, and 8 a.m. Sundays, will mainly be structured around bass fishing. Zona plans on incorporating more how-to information into the show. "The one thing that I'd like to get into a little more with the new show is to show exactly how we are catching these fish," he said.

Boat Graphics And Lettering At Your Fingertips

With BoatUS Boat Graphics and Lettering's newly updated website, designing and ordering has never been more fun! The possibilities for color combinations and boat names are endless. Choose from more than 20 colors, 100-plus fonts, and an assortment of effects to create that perfect boat name or graphic. If you need an idea for a boat name, we've got you covered. We have an online boat name directory with over 5,000 names. Personalized beverage koozies, floating key chains, life rings, and boat-striping kits are also available and make great gifts. Don't forget, BoatUS members save 10 percent on every order!

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There's An App For That!

The new BoatUS Towing app for iPhone and Droid automatically sends your GPS location to the BoatUS 24-hour dispatch when you call for a tow. It also lets you text or e-mail your location to friends and family — particularly useful if your electronic systems have died. The application will plot the locations of the nearest marina discounts, towboat ports, life jacket loaner sites, and your all-important West Marine store.

Get Certified Online

Make learning even easier with the new BoatUS Foundation Online Learning Center, a free, interactive, non-proctored course and exam approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard as exceeding the minimum requirements for the National Recreational Boating Safety Program. You'll be able to print your BoatUS Foundation certificate upon successful completion of the course or, if you choose, BoatUS Foundation can print a paper copy and mail it to you for a fee of $5. Note: This course is not approved in all states; click on your state on the interactive online map to read more about your state's boating education requirements and your course options. Also, see page 14 for our article on this subject.