Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:9:00 +0000 BoatUS Press Releases News relating to BoatUS and Boating http://www.boatus.com/news/releases.asp Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:09:25 EST Buying Boat Insurance: The Fine PrintWed, 27 Apr 2016 09:00:30 ESThttp://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=1190ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 27, 2016 – As boat owners prep for the season, it’s time to dust off the insurance policy and grab a magnifying glass to read the fine print. Unlike auto or homeowner’s insurance, recreational boat insurance has distinct coverages that can perplex and leave boaters scratching their head. What do you need to know? Boat Owners…]]> Virginia Powerboaters & PWC Drivers NeedMon, 25 Apr 2016 08:30:30 ESThttp://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=1189ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 25, 2016 – On July 1, all Virginia operators of motorboats over 10HP and personal watercraft will need to comply with a 2007 state law by taking a boating safety education course. To help them easily meet the requirement, the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water offers a no cost, online course that can be taken at home and…]]> Boat Fire Extinguishers: Four Myths From the BoatUS FoundationTue, 19 Apr 2016 08:30:30 ESThttp://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=1188ANNAPOLIS, MD, April 19, 2016 – Every spring, the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water receives questions from boaters about fire extinguishers. To help set the record straight here are four fire extinguisher myths debunked:

Myth #1: Tapping…]]> Coastal Conservation Association North Carolina NamesMon, 18 Apr 2016 08:30:30 ESThttp://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=1187RALEIGH, NC, April 18, 2016 – At its recent annual meeting, the State Board of Directors for the Coastal Conservation Association North Carolina (CCA NC) named local on water towing Captain and TowBoatUS Beaufort owner Lee Sykes “Volunteer of the Year.”

An…]]> Eight Boat Spring Commissioning Goof-Ups We MadeWed, 13 Apr 2016 08:30:30 ESThttp://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=1186ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 13, 2016 – They are the crewmembers of the nation’s largest boater advocacy, safety and services group, BoatUS. And like most boaters, they aren’t perfect. They make mistakes and learn from them too. With boat yards, back yards, marinas and clubs now coming to life, spring commissioning…]]> Celebrating 50 Years, BoatUS Member Appreciation EventTue, 12 Apr 2016 08:30:30 ESThttp://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=1185PORT TOWNSEND, Wash., April 12, 2016 – It was 50 years ago that Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) got its start as the result of one man’s desire to make recreational boating better for boaters, sailors, and anglers. To celebrate this milestone, the nation’s largest recreational…]]> New TowBoatUS Service Opens in Joliet, IllinoisFri, 8 Apr 2016 08:30:30 ESThttp://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=1183JOLIET, Ill., April 8, 2016 – Captain Gareth Stamm has been boating and fishing since he was a boy and knows it's in his blood. After two years of working on Lake Michigan as a captain for TowBoatUS Chicago, a 24-hour on water towing and assistance service for recreational boaters, Stamm, who hails from Joliet, decided to bring the same service to his home waters…]]> New Owners Take the Helm at TowBoatUS Port CanaveralThu, 7 Apr 2016 08:30:30 ESThttp://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=1184PORT CANAVERAL, Fla., April 7, 2016 – Some 20-plus years ago, Captains Sean Steinberg and Steven Holm’s passion for boating began when they met as 10-year-olds in a community sailing program in Cape Coral, Florida. They sailed extensively through high school and college and went on to professional careers on the water. In January they became owners,…]]> BoatUS Foundation Awarded $150,000+Mon, 4 Apr 2016 08:30:30 ESThttp://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=1182ANNAPOLIS, MD, April 4, 2016 – Boaters know the dangers that marine debris can pose, both to their own vessel and the environment. Long known for its successful national fishing line recycling program, the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water will be tackling the challenging problem of waterborne…]]> Three "406 MHz Beacon Awareness Day" TipsFri, 1 Apr 2016 08:30:30 ESThttp://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=1181ANNAPOLIS, MD, April 1, 2016 – Many an offshore boater, sailor, or angler has appreciated the benefits of 406 MHz technology, which lies at the heart of every Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB). Since 1997, the BoatUS Foundation EPIRB Rental Program has experienced 29 activations and 71…]]> Women's Sailing Conference Slated for June 4, Marblehead, MATue, 29 Mar 2016 08:30:30 ESThttp://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=1180MARBLEHEAD, Mass., March 29, 2016 -- The 15th Annual Women's Sailing Conference, organized by the National Women’s Sailing Association (NWSA), will take place Saturday, June 4, at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead. Through hands-on workshops, seminars and on-the-water experiences,…]]> What Does 50 Years of Boating Look Like?Fri, 25 Mar 2016 08:30:30 ESThttp://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=1179ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 25, 2016 -- If you wanted to look back at the last 50 years of boating, what would it look like? Turn to the just released April/May 2016 issue of BoatUS Magazine and you’ll find the answer. To celebrate the national boating advocacy, services and safety organization’s 50th Anniversary, the special issue includes a trip down memory…]]> Red Tow Boats on the River Have New Name andTue, 22 Mar 2016 08:30:30 ESThttp://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=1177LAKE MEAD, Nev., March 22, 2016 – When recreational boats break down, run aground or need a little help getting back to the launch ramp or slip, the red response boats of Vessel Assist Needles and Vessel Assist Lake Mohave have been there to lend assistance. Now the 24-hour on water towing and assistance service has a new name: TowBoatUS Needles and TowBoatUS…]]> Celebrating 50 Years, BoatUS Member Appreciation EventTue, 22 Mar 2016 08:30:30 ESThttp://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=1178CLEARWATER, Fla., March 22, 2016 – It was 50 years ago that Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) got its start as the result of one man’s desire to make recreational boating better for boaters, sailors, and anglers. To celebrate this milestone, the nation’s largest recreational…]]> VIDEO: BoatUS Has Help to Grow Boat Club MembershipMon, 21 Mar 2016 08:30:30 ESThttp://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=1176ALEXANDRIA, VA, March 21, 2016 – Community boat and yacht clubs offer critical access to the water and significantly add to the quality of life for local residents. However, for some clubs growing membership is a challenge today. To help with the issue, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) offers…]]> Annapolis Sail & Power Squadron, USPS District 27Wed, 16 Mar 2016 08:30:30 ESThttp://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=1175ORLANDO, Fla., March 16, 2016 -- At the US Power Squadrons (USPS) Annual Meeting held recently in Orlando, FL, Annapolis Sail & Power Squadron took “Top Squadron” honors while US Power Squadron District 27 was named “Top District.” The awards are sponsored by Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) and given annually in recognition…]]> BoatUS Asks FL Governor Scott to Veto Special Anchoring Carve OutTue, 15 Mar 2016 08:30:30 ESThttp://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=1174TALLAHASSEE, Fla. March 15, 2016 – Allowing a select few to carve out their own special anchoring restrictions, and bypassing a pilot program designed to provide practical, uniform anchoring regulations statewide is a mistake, says BoatUS President Margaret Bonds Podlich in a letter sent today to Florida…]]> BoatUS Fire Facts: Claim Files Show Six Ways Boat Fires HappenThu, 10 Mar 2016 08:30:30 ESThttp://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=1173ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 10, 2016 -- Fire ranks number five among all boat losses according to the BoatUS Marine Insurance Program claims files. Dig a little a deeper, and those claims files also tell you the six specific areas that lead to most reported boat fires. If every boater paid attention to these six things, over a third of all fires aboard boats would be prevented.…]]> Can't Seem to Find the Time to Take a Boat Navigation Course?Wed, 9 Mar 2016 08:30:30 ESThttp://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=1171ANNAPOLIS, MD, March 9, 2016 – If you’re looking to improve your marine navigation but can’t seem to find the time for a classroom course, the new, go at your own pace, online “Modern Marine Navigation” course from the BoatUS Foundation and US Coast Guard Auxiliary could be…]]> Despite Anti-Anchoring Vote,Mon, 7 Mar 2016 11:01:00 ESThttp://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=1172TALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 7, 2016 – Despite a second setback today on the Florida anchoring issue, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) says it’s looking forward to the results of the state’s on-going Pilot Anchoring program this fall. The Florida Senate voted this morning to pass…]]>