Sun, 4 Oct 2015 7:38:00 +0000 BoatUS Press Releases News relating to BoatUS and Boating Sun, 4 Oct 2015 06:38:03 EST Four Tips for Buying a Used Boat TrailerTue, 29 Sep 2015 08:30:30 EST, Va., September 29, 2015 -- As the boating season ends in the northern climates, some boaters may be looking to find a trailer to store the boat for the winter. If you’re looking to buy a used boat trailer now or planning on buying a boat that comes with a used trailer, Boat Owners Association…]]> Boaters: Should You Add Ice and Freeze Coverage to your Boat Policy Now?Thu, 24 Sep 2015 08:30:00 EST, Va., September 24, 2015 -- 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 an indoor, heated storage area in Northern climates. But they may want to rethink that. Every year, the Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) Marine Insurance Program gets freeze…]]> Controversial Fee for BoatersWed, 23 Sep 2015 12:00:00 EST, NC, September 23, 2015 – A controversial new “Coastal Boat Fee” that would have made Tar Heel State boaters pay the highest state-imposed charges on recreational boats in the nation has died with the passing of the state budget Monday. As part of the North Carolina budget debate, the state’s General Assembly was considering legislation…]]> No-Cost "Boater's Guide to Winterizing" Offered by BoatUSWed, 16 Sep 2015 08:30:30 EST, Va., September 16, 2015 -- Water expands in volume by about nine percent when it freezes, creating a staggering force that can crack a boat engine block, damage fiberglass, split hoses, or destroy a boat’s refrigeration system overnight. As cold weather approaches, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) dug into its claims data and found…]]> 2015 Life Jacket Design Competition Winners Break New GroundTue, 15 Sep 2015 10:00:30 EST, KY, September 15, 2015 – What would a modern life jacket look like if you threw out the rulebook and started with a clean slate? The answer lies with the winners of the 2015 “Innovation in Life Jacket Design Competition” announced today at the International Boat Builders Exhibition…]]> Boater Assists Increase at TowBoatUS Old SaybrookWed, 9 Sep 2015 08:30:30 EST SAYBROOK, Conn., September 9, 2015 – This year, Eastern Long Island Sound and Connecticut River boaters have been seeing new faces at the helm of the red towboats that provide assistance when they run aground, have an engine breakdown, need fuel or a battery jump. Capt. Jeff Dziedzic, who has been operating TowBoatUS ports in the New London/Groton and Mystic/Stonington…]]> BoatUS Cooperating Marina Program Now Reaches 800+ MarinasWed, 2 Sep 2015 08:30:30 EST, VA, September 2, 2015 – As the 2015 summer boating season draws to a close, the BoatUS Cooperating Marina Program reported over 800 marinas participating this year. Launched in 1995 and designed as a way for marinas to build incremental sales and at the same time provide valuable benefits…]]> BoatUS Announces Game-Changing Insurance PolicyTue, 1 Sep 2015 08:30:30 EST, Va., September 1, 2015 – In the sharing economy, who pays when something goes wrong? For boat owners considering renting out their vessel through Airbnb-like boat renting services, boat insurance has been a key concern. Today BoatUS announces a first of its kind boat rental insurance policy…]]> This Labor Day Holiday, BoatUS Survey Shows 91% of Boaters Want Ethanol-Free GasTue, 1 Sep 2015 08:30:30 EST, Va. September 1, 2015 – As boaters head into the Labor Day weekend and fill up their boat’s gas tank for one last hurrah of the season, a vast majority say they want ethanol-free gas, but only about half surveyed by the Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) say it is available to them at marinas and gas stations. This means that…]]> Boating on the Upswing: For the Company That Gets Recreational Boaters HomeFri, 28 Aug 2015 08:30:30 EST, VA, August 28, 2015 – As the economy slowly improves, so has recreational boating. In May, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) reported healthy growth for the $35.4 billion recreational boating industry. Continued good weather has also increased summer boating activity, according to Erika Aims for the Coast: Boaters - What's Your Hurricane Plan?Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:20:00 EST BEACH, Fla., August 27, 2015 – In Florida, the Palm Beach Post reported that boat owners are wasting no time preparing for Tropical Storm Erika. However, some boaters still don’t have a hurricane plan. Palm Beach Yacht Center dockmaster Jena Bradley said yesterday that she had received at least 30 calls…]]> How To Be The Worst Marina GuestMon, 24 Aug 2015 11:30:30 EST, Va., August 24, 2015 – It’s nearing the end of summer cruising season for recreational boaters, who are looking to fit in one more trip away from home. If you’re member of BoatUS, a marina may even give you a discount on fuel, transient dockage or repair work, but most importantly, transient…]]> Paddle vs. Prop:Wed, 19 Aug 2015 08:30:30 EST, Md. August 19, 2015 – When it comes to enjoying the outdoors, stand up paddleboarding (SUP) has led the nation in growth with a 38 percent increase in participation from 2013 to 2014, according to the Outdoor Foundation’s 2015 Outdoor Recreation Participation Topline Report. But as these human-powered watercraft become more common in crowded harbors,…]]> Boaters: Three Pieces of Hurricane Prep Gear You Forgot to Get,Tue, 18 Aug 2015 08:30:30 EST, VA, August 18, 2015 – According to the to the National Hurricane Center, Monday, August 10, marked the date by which boaters typically have seen the first hurricane of the Atlantic hurricane season. And while early predictions for this year’s hurricane storm activity were well below the 30-year average, that doesn’t mean the entire season…]]> TowBoatUS Mystic Signs MOAMon, 17 Aug 2015 08:30:30 EST, Conn., August 17, 2015 [Update to Release issued August 6, 2015] – Like all boaters, the crew of TowBoatUS Mystic a 24-hour, on water recreational boat towing and assistance company, will render Good Samaritan aid when asked. And now when the US Coast Guard asks for help in locating lost boaters, the privately-owned…]]> TowBoatUS Lake Hartwell, SC, Changes Hands asMon, 10 Aug 2015 08:30:30 EST HARTWELL, SC, August 10, 2015 -- Wade Cline, the new owner of TowBoatUS Lake Hartwell, an on water towing and assistance service for recreational boaters, began his boating life on that lake when he was just a young boy. His family had a home there. “I’ve been on the water my whole life,…]]> Going "Virtual": How Do You Want Your Aids to Navigation?Fri, 31 Jul 2015 08:30:30 EST, Va., July 31, 2015 – For recreational boaters, the waterway signposts known as aids to navigation are critical for a safe journey. But what if an aid to navigation (ATON) such as a floating buoy marking the edge a deep-water channel could only be seen on an electronic screen and not by the naked eye? Will recreational boaters benefit from these new…]]> Grants Available to Help Pay for Visiting Boater FacilitiesTue, 28 Jul 2015 08:30:30 EST, VA, July 28, 2015 – Visiting boaters, whether staying over for just one night or a couple weeks, offers real economic benefits and adds to the vitality of waterfront communities, marinas and boat clubs. But laying out the welcome mat can be challenging. Transient boat docks that are protected and safe for overnight tie-ups, deep-water channels, restrooms,…]]> Calling All "Boat Techies": What's Wrong in this Photo?Wed, 22 Jul 2015 08:30:30 EST, Va., July 22, 2015 – So you think you know everything about boats? Here’s a challenge for any armchair boat mechanic, “boat techie,” or anyone with an interest in staying safe on the water and preventing their own boating mishap or breakdown.

This photo is provided by Boat Owners Association of…]]> New Towing Service Ready to Help Boaters onTue, 21 Jul 2015 13:30:00 EST TILLERY, NC, July 21, 2015 -- Capt. Scott Roberson, the co-owner of TowBoatUS Lake Tillery, an on water towing and assistance service for recreational boaters, has spent most of his life delivering large yachts and helping boaters in ocean waters. Now his focus is on a 13-mile-long lake in the Uwharrie…]]>