Mon, 23 Oct 2017 0:11:00 +0000 BoatUS Press Releases News relating to BoatUS and Boating Mon, 23 Oct 2017 01:11:33 EST BoatUS: What You Need to Know About Your DSC-VHF RadioWed, 18 Oct 2017 08:30:00 EST, Va., October 18, 2017 -- If a boater has an emergency on the water, there’s no better way than to call for help than with a Digital Selective Calling (DSC) VHF radio which can give rescuers critical GPS location information. But that doesn’t mean these technologies come without a few quirks, especially when buying or selling a boat…]]> BoatUS "CAT" Team Still Hard at WorkWed, 11 Oct 2017 01:00:00 EST, Fla., October 11, 2017 - A month after Hurricane Irma struck Florida, the BoatUS Catastrophe (“CAT”) Field Team is still hard at work. Here, in Marathon’s Boot Key Harbor, salvage crews from TowBoatUS Marathon raise a sunken sailboat and navigation hazard off the harbor bottom. Since the CAT Team’s arrival in…]]> Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County HonorsTue, 10 Oct 2017 08:30:30 EST BEACH, Fla., October 10, 2017 – Captain Chris Shaffner, owner of TowBoatUS Palm Beach, was recently honored by the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County (MIAPBC) with the Member of the Year Award at a ceremony held at Sandpipers Cove in North Palm Beach on September 26.

Capt. Shaffner was surprised with…]]> BoatUS Magazine: Why Aren't Millennials Buying Boats?Thu, 5 Oct 2017 08:30:30 EST, Va., October 5, 2017 – Both boaters and those who rely on boating to make a living lament that there doesn’t seem to be as many younger boaters these days. The statistics back that up. According to the recently published BoatUS Magazine feature “Why Aren’t…]]> BoatUS: Don't Miss the Deadline to AddMon, 2 Oct 2017 08:30:30 EST, Va., October 2, 2017 – In the winter, in northern states where freezing temperatures are the norm, boaters who put their boats into heated indoor storage have it made. With their boats warm and dry, they may have little concern for freeze-related damage to their engines. Winter storms can knock out power and heat, however, leading to ice forming inside the engine block and catastrophic…]]> Sailing Convention for Women is the Place to LearnWed, 6 Sep 2017 09:30:00 EST DEL MAR, Calif., September 6, 2017 – Where do women sailors go to learn? The Sailing Convention for Women presented by Gail Hine will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club in Corona del Mar, California. The daylong ladies-only series of shore- and boat-based workshops offer beginners and experts…]]> 4 Days: How Much Time Boaters Have to Prepare for IrmaWed, 6 Sep 2017 09:25:00 EST, Va., September 5, 2017 – According to the National Hurricane Center, Florida may have up to four days to prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Irma, a “potentially catastrophic Category 5” storm now approaching the Leeward Islands. While it’s difficult to determine landfall, Boat Owners Association…]]> TowBoatUS Lake Harris Has New OwnersTue, 5 Sep 2017 09:30:30 EST, Fla., September 5, 2017 – John and Jo Anne Davis, the new owners of TowBoatUS Lake Harris, an on-water towing and assistance service for recreational boaters, know firsthand how important it is to get prompt help when a boat breaks down. When their 21-foot bow rider had engine problems a few years ago they called…]]> BoatUS: How to Take Care of the Boat After HarveyWed, 30 Aug 2017 08:30:30 EST, Texas, August 30, 2017 – With Hurricane Harvey finally headed inland, the storm has left behind damaged recreational boats in its wake. The BoatUS Catastrophe Team now on the ground in Texas reports that Aransas Pass, Port Aransas, and Rockport are the hardest hit areas for recreational boats and salvage operations have begun. To help affected boat owners with the recovery effort,…]]> New BoatUS App Now Offers Hurricane AlertsSun, 27 Aug 2017 08:30:30 EST, Va., August 28, 2017 – In addition to helping any recreational boater call for a tow or soft ungrounding; get tide, weather, and marine conditions; or share your location with friends and family, the New BoatUS App now offers a hurricane-alert feature just in time for peak storm season. To download the free updated app, go…]]> BoatUS: Take 5 Minutes Today to Have Your Say on EthanolTue, 22 Aug 2017 08:30:30 EST, Va., August 22, 2017  -- The battle to protect your boat’s engine is not over. Right now, the Environmental Protection Agency is asking for public comments on the amount of ethanol that must be blended into the nation’s fuel supply for 2018, and Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is urging recreational boaters to speak up and be heard by providing…]]> August is the Season of Boat Insurance Claims:Mon, 21 Aug 2017 01:00:00 EST, VA, August 21, 2017 – It may be the ‘dog days of summer,’ which for the ancient Greeks or Romans meant catastrophe. And barring any hurricane activity, August is also the peak season for recreational boat insurance claims. In an effort to prepare boaters for a potential claims…]]> Don't Let Boat Insurance Snag You at the Tournament GateMon, 14 Aug 2017 08:30:30 EST, Va., August 14, 2017 – In tournament angling, speed and power are what get you to the best fishing spot before the other guy. The high-performance nature of bass boats is leading many tournament organizations to increase the amount of boat-liability insurance required for entry, and that’s causing some angst among tournament anglers.

“In a change we have seen…]]> VIDEOS: BoatUS Summer Boating How-to 'Film Festival' Kicks-offMon, 7 Aug 2017 13:00:00 EST HOLLYWOOD, Calif., August 7, 2017 – What are the common boating tasks that drive boat owners to ask for help? Editors at BoatUS Magazine, the trusted voice of American boating, compiled a list of the top topics and announced the kickoff of a “BoatUS Summer How-to Film Festival” today with the release of 15 short, easily-watchable videos.

“We’re…]]> Who's Tops in Sea Scouting?Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:30:30 EST, Va., July 25, 2017 – Sea Scouting is a specialized program from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) that improves youth boating skills with on-water practice, outdoor, social, and service experiences, and shares knowledge of our maritime heritage. There are about 6,500 teens, about one-third female, participating in 550 “Ships”…]]> New Owner Takes the Helm at TowBoatUS Oneida LakeMon, 24 Jul 2017 13:30:00 EST, N.Y., JULY 24, 2017 – Capt. Jake VanReenen, who has been helping Empire State boaters get home safely for more than seven years as the owner of TowBoatUS on-water towing locations in Rochester and Clayton, is proud to be the new owner of TowBoatUS Oneida Lake,…]]> US Secretary of Interior Zinke Speaks on Boating Access, Infrastructure on Federal LandsWed, 19 Jul 2017 08:30:30 EST, July 19, 2017 -- Just as outdoor enthusiasts enjoy federal lands, recreational boaters need access to federal waters. Access, however, can be threatened due to aging marina infrastructure, lack of funds for ramp and dock maintenance, or government will. The Department of Interior oversees about one-fifth of the nation’s land, including the national parks. Boat Owners Association…]]> Boating Industry Reader Survey Reports Ethanol Repairs IncreasingTue, 18 Jul 2017 08:30:30 EST, Va. July 18, 2017 – A new survey by Boating Industry magazine says those in the boating industry that manufacture, sell, repair and store recreational vessels are seeing a growing number of problems caused by ethanol-related fuels. Said one Minnesota boat dealer in the survey, “Ethanol fuels are great for our service department but bad for our customers!”

The…]]> Want to Learn How to Boat?Mon, 17 Jul 2017 08:30:30 EST, SC, July 17, 2017 – Want to learn the basics of boating or brush up on your skills? The nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water and Freedom Boat Club Charleston will offer discounted