Thu, 29 Jan 2015 7:26:00 +0000 BoatUS Press Releases News relating to BoatUS and Boating Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:26:45 EST In Rare Act of Agreement, Last Congress Does The Right Thing For Boat OwnersTue, 27 Jan 2015 08:30:30 EST, DC, January 27, 2015 -- In an exceptional act of agreement, the recently departed 113th Congress did the right thing for boat owners. It extended some boat sales tax and mortgage interest deductions when filing a 2014 federal income tax return. The catch is a boat has to include a sleeping berth, cooking and toilet facilities, and is offered to new owners…]]> For Recreational Boaters, Fate of Channel Markers on Lake Eufaula in QuestionWed, 21 Jan 2015 08:30:30 EST EUFAULA, Ala., January 21, 2015 – On inland waterways, commercial barge traffic is king. The amount of commercial traffic and tonnage of goods shipped largely determines how much federal support Washington will provide, from funding lock maintenance to navigational aids. On 45,000-acre Lake Eufaula straddling the Alabama-Georgia border, the top-ranked bass…]]> Local Boat Towing Captains In Buffalo, San Diego, Honored for HeroismMon, 19 Jan 2015 10:30:30 EST BEACH, Fla., January 19, 2015 – When you spend every day on the water helping recreational boaters with unexpected breakdowns get back to the marina or launch ramp, eventually you’re bound to run into trouble. That’s when the routine turns into a life-saving emergency, and like any Good Samaritans, the…]]> Vessel Assist Ventura Takes Tower of the Year Honors atMon, 19 Jan 2015 08:30:30 EST, Calif., January 19, 2015 – A local company that is part of the country’s largest recreational boat towing network helping boaters get safely home was singled out for its professionalism at the BoatUS Towing Services Annual Conference last night in Clearwater Beach, Florida. Tower of the Year honors went to 2015 Beneteau Buyers Now Have BoatUS Unlimited TowingWed, 14 Jan 2015 10:00:30 EST, MD, January 14, 2015 – In addition to a new, industry leading three-year stem-to-stern boat warranty for all 2015 models, Beneteau boat buyers now receive a one-year BoatUS membership with Unlimited towing courtesy of the innovative sail and powerboat builder. The membership is a part of newly launched Beneteau Plain…]]> Boaters Have Something To Do By the Fireside This Winter: Improve Their GameTue, 13 Jan 2015 08:30:30 EST, Md. January 13, 2015 -- When cold weather conspires to keep boaters off the water, it’s time to move inside by the fire and take one of many online boating safety courses offered by the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water, US Power Squadrons and Offshore Sailing School partners.…]]> A Life Jacket Made to Display on a WallMon, 12 Jan 2015 08:30:30 EST, Va., January 12, 2015 – What good is a life jacket that isn’t going near the water anytime soon? Daring to grow a new category of collectables is the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water, auctioning off a never used, BoatUS inflatable life jacket by Mustang at eBay. Bid onANNAPOLIS, MD, January 8, 2015 – Here, in a building at a nondescript suburban office park just a mile from the harbor made famous as “America’s sailing capital,” is a look into the future of life jackets for American boaters. It’s the headquarters of the nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety…]]> Range of Sailing Topics Slated for 26th AnnualWed, 7 Jan 2015 08:30:30 EST DEL MAR, Calif., January 7, 2015 – Do women sailors, when desiring to learn more skills, prefer courses taught by women instructors? Celebrating 26 years as the number one sailing education event for women on the West Coast, the Annual Seven Tips to Get More Out of a Marine SurveyMon, 15 Dec 2014 08:30:30 EST, Va., December 15, 2014 -- In 2013, over 955,000 boats changed hands on the pre-owned boat market. That meant for a nearly a million boat buyers, hiring an accredited marine surveyor…]]> Help Save a Child's Life - Become a Life Jacket Loaner SiteMon, 8 Dec 2014 08:30:30 EST, Md., December 8, 2014 – Waterfront businesses, local organizations or government agencies can help themselves, and at the same time, also possibly help save a child’s life. All they have to do is join the nation’s largest Kids’ WHAT:  On Monday, December 8, 2014, at 10:00AM the Chicago City Council will vote on Chicago’s E15 Consumer Choice Ordinance 02014-5037. If passed, the proposal would mandate that all City of Chicago gas stations…]]> Alabama Bass Trail and BoatUS Team Up for TowingTue, 2 Dec 2014 08:30:30 EST
DECATUR, Ala., December 2, 2014 – The red towboats of BoatUS’ on the water TowBoatUS towing fleet will be getting busier in Alabama in 2015 as a new presenting sponsor of the Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series. The partnership teams up the country’s largest boat owners group and towing fleet for on water and roadside assistance with…]]> Boaters Must Speak Up Now On Anchoring in FloridaTue, 25 Nov 2014 08:30:30 EST In 2009, the Florida Legislature enacted legislation that stopped local governments from placing inconsistent and often onerous restrictions on anchoring. During the 2014 Florida legislative session there were strong attempts to repeal part of this prohibition. While these changes were defeated, there will likely be new legislation…]]> EPA Punts on Renewable Fuel StandardFri, 21 Nov 2014 10:11:11 EST, DC, November 21, 2014 – Ensuring a safe fuel supply for America’s 12 million registered boat owners may have to wait, said Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that the agency will further delay the final rule on how much ethanol…]]> BoatUS President Margaret Podlich Named 2014 Darlene Briggs Woman of the YearWed, 19 Nov 2014 08:30:30 EST, Fla. November 19, 2014 — Margaret Podlich, president of the Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the nation’s largest boat owners’ association with more than 500,000 members, was named the 2014 Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year. Podlich was honored Stuff a BoatUS Membership in a Boater's Stocking This ChristmasTue, 18 Nov 2014 08:30:30 EST, VA, November 18, 2014 – Most boaters don’t wear stockings on the water but they do hang them from the fireplace mantel for Christmas – and like all good folks they’re hoping Santa drops in something nice. For just $24, you can give Mr. Kringle a little help by purchasing an affordable gift membership…]]> If You Want To Win a Fishing Trip with Mark Zona, Try Writing Like ThisThu, 6 Nov 2014 08:30:30 EST, Va., November 6, 2014 -- When Western Kentucky University Senior Jacob N. Hopkins and University of Idaho Senior Samuel Martin set out to write their winning essay entries in the BoatUS “Zona’s…]]> Media Alert: BoatUS President Margaret Bonds Podlich to Hold Boating Town Hall MeetingThu, 30 Oct 2014 08:30:30 EST The leader of the nation’s largest recreational boating organization, BoatUS President Margaret Bonds Podlich, invites all Palmetto State boaters to an informal “Town Hall” discussion to…]]> Will Plans For New Rail Service Affect Your Boating?Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:30:30 EST, Fl., October 24, 2014 -- Under plans for a new passenger rail service along Florida’s Atlantic Coast from Miami to Orlando, waterway drawbridge closings along the proposed route would become more frequent. The new passenger rail service, known as