Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:17:00 +0000 BoatUS Press Releases News relating to BoatUS and Boating Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:17:25 EST The Boat Thieves Want to StealWed, 26 Oct 2016 08:30:30 EST, VA, October 26, 2016 – Is your boat less than 26 feet? Does it have outboard motor power and rest on a trailer? If you said yes, beware – you’re a big target for theft. A newly released study that looked at five years of BoatUS Marine Insurance claims files shows that 75 percent of all boats stolen matched…]]> BoatUS "Cat" Team Tackles Matthew: 51-Footer Safely RecoveredTue, 25 Oct 2016 08:30:30 EST AUGUSTINE, Fla., October 25, 2016 – (Photo Caption) The BoatUS Catastrophe Team arranges for the salvage of a 51-foot sailboat in St. Augustine, Florida. The vessel broke free from St. Augustine Marina during Hurricane Matthew and was safely refloated.


About…]]> BoatUS "Cat" Team Tackles Matthew: In the FieldMon, 24 Oct 2016 08:30:30 EST AUGUSTINE, Fla., October 24, 2016 – (Photo Caption) BoatUS Catastrophe Team Member David R. Wiggin in the field near St. Augustine, Florida. The BoatUS "Cat" Team is made up of professional surveyors, claims processors, transportation providers, and crane and barge operators who are working…]]> BoatUS "Cat" Team Tackles Matthew: A Good Reason to Have Boat Liability InsuranceFri, 21 Oct 2016 08:30:30 EST AUGUSTINE, Fla., October 21, 2016 – (Photo Caption) Recreational boaters are not required by law to have boat insurance. So while boaters debate if hull coverage (that covers damage to their boat) is right for them, having liability insurance coverage can prove to be a wise move. This vessel was fortunate to be covered through a BoatUS…]]> Post-Hurricane Marine Updates at DockwaWed, 12 Oct 2016 08:30:30 EST, VA, October 12, 2016 – Dockwa, an online transient boat slip-booking service for recreational boaters, has joined the effort to help the boating community affected by Hurricane Matthew by offering real-time marina status reports at The data…]]> Boat Owners: What to Do After MatthewMon, 10 Oct 2016 08:30:30 EST, SC, October 10, 2016 – With Hurricane Matthew finally headed out to sea, the storm has left behind some damaged recreational boats in its wake. To help affected boat owners with the recovery effort, BoatUS has these tips to get the salvage process started quickly to protect and preserve the value of any boat harmed by the storm:

1.…]]> Boat Pumpout Money Available for Marinas, Boat Clubs, NonprofitsTue, 4 Oct 2016 08:30:30 EST, Va., October 4, 2016 – Marinas, boat clubs or fuel docks with a working pumpout provide a vital service to recreational boaters. Installing a pump, however, and the annual costs to maintain one, can be high. That’s where a program funded by the taxes and fees paid by boaters can help.

This fall, the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s Clean Vessel Act program…]]> Boaters Have Free Hurricane-Preparation Help from BoatUSMon, 3 Oct 2016 10:30:30 EST, VA, October 3, 2016 – With weather forecasters hard at work trying to determine the course Hurricane Matthew will take later this week, recreational boaters, marinas and boating facilities along the US Southeastern Coast may not want to wait to make preparations. “It doesn’t take a direct hit for winds, rains and surge to cause damage,” said BoatUS Seaworthy…]]> Boaters: Take the Florida Anchoring Survey by Oct. 9 DeadlineMon, 3 Oct 2016 08:30:30 EST, Fla., October 3, 2016 – In 2009, the Florida Legislature halted local governments from placing inconsistent and often onerous restrictions on recreational boat anchoring. It also authorized five municipalities, under a pilot program developed with local stakeholders, to test policies that promote public access, enhance navigational safety, protect maritime infrastructure and…]]> BoatUS President Margaret Bonds Podlich Steps DownThu, 29 Sep 2016 08:30:30 EST, VA, September 29, 2016 – After 23 years at Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), Margaret Bonds Podlich has announced that she is stepping down as President effective September 30. A search has been initiated for a permanent replacement to lead the national boating advocacy, services and safety group.

“We…]]> Does Your Business Cater to Boaters?Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:30:30 EST, VA, September 27, 2016 – As the summer boating season draws to a close, the BoatUS Partner Network Program reported more than 800 marinas and 300 other retail boating-related businesses participating this year. The program aims to drive…]]> Free BoatUS Winterizing GuideWed, 21 Sep 2016 08:30:30 EST, Va., September 21, 2016 -- Water that is mistakenly left in a boat’s engine block to freeze over the winter is sure to become an expensive repair bill come springtime. As the ice expands, it can crack the block and ruin the motor, damage fiberglass, split hoses, or destroy a boat’s refrigeration system. To prevent a mishap while putting the boat away this fall, Boat Owners…]]> 24-Hour TowBoatUS Service Comes toMon, 19 Sep 2016 08:30:30 EST, LA, September 19, 2016 -- When anglers and boaters on Toledo Bend Lake learned that TowBoatUS was on a neighboring lake helping boaters get safely home after a breakdown, they let it be known that they could use some assistance, too. James Small, who opened TowBoatUS Sam Rayburn, Texas, this spring heard the call and has now opened TowBoatUS…]]> Water Resources Development Act the Focus of Today'sThu, 15 Sep 2016 08:30:30 EST, DC, September 15, 2016 – For the recreational boater, waterway access, safe navigation, and clean waters are essential. Today on Capitol Hill recreational boating and fishing industries will hold a Congressional Boating Caucus briefing and panel discussion on the need for Congress to reauthorize…]]> Boaters: Should You Add Ice and Freeze Coverage to Your Boat Policy Now?Mon, 12 Sep 2016 10:00:30 EST, Va., September 12, 2016 -- Many boat owners think they don’t have to worry about freeze damage if they live in temperate states or if they keep their boat in heated indoor storage areas in Northern climates. However, every year the Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) Marine Insurance Program gets freeze-damage…]]> How Many Can My Boat Take Aboard?Fri, 9 Sep 2016 08:30:30 EST, Va., September 9, 2016 – The membership organization that sets safety standards for recreational boat design and manufacturing, the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), has revised its “Boat Capacity” (H-5) standard for upper decks on recreational boats. Upper decks are often referred to as the “fly bridge”…]]> BoatUS: Two Must-Have Forms For Every Boat Buyer or SellerThu, 1 Sep 2016 08:30:30 EST, VA, September 1, 2016 – Behind most successful used-boat transactions, there’s a Purchase Agreement and Bill of Sale that clearly spell out how the boat was bought or sold. The BoatUS Consumer Protection Department now offers both of these documents at no cost online.

“A…]]> It Doesn't Take a Hurricane to Sink a BoatTue, 30 Aug 2016 08:30:30 EST, Fla., August 30, 2016 – As Tropical Depression Nine begins its abrupt change in course that will steer the storm ashore late Thursday, boaters in the Big Bend region of Florida may be thinking they dodged the bullet. However, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) says TD Nine, expected to grow into tropical storm status…]]> 5 Pet Blunders We Made While Boating This SummerWed, 24 Aug 2016 08:30:30 EST, Va, August 24, 2016 – The dog days of summer are here, and recreational boaters are having a great time with their pets on the water. However, not all outings have gone as planned, and the staff at Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has some stories to share about their experiences this summer that can help all animal owners:

“As someone who has…]]> 10 Commercial Vessel Anchorages Proposed for Hudson RiverMon, 22 Aug 2016 08:30:30 EST YORK, NY, August 22, 2016 – New York Harbor commercial marine interests have asked the US Coast Guard to consider 10 commercial vessel anchorages on the Hudson River from Yonkers to Kingston. If approved, the anchorages, totaling more than 2,400 acres, would allow for storage of up to 43 articulated barges carrying Bakken oil between Albany and New York Harbor. The Boat Owners Association…]]>