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BoatUS "Cat" Team Tackles Matthew: In the Field

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ST. 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 in areas from Florida to South Carolina recovering BoatUS Marine Insurance Program-insured vessels affected by Hurricane Matthew.

BoatUS reports that while there are some localized areas of dock destruction and boat losses, damage to recreational boats as a result of Hurricane Matthew has not been widespread. “Damage turned out to be less than anticipated because the storm’s wall stayed offshore, but I’d also like to think boaters played a part as well in reducing damage,” said BoatUS Vice President of Public Affairs Scott Croft. “They had plenty of early warning to prepare.”


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Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is the nation’s leading advocate for recreational boaters providing its over half-million members with government representation, services such as 24-hour dispatch, on water boat towing as well as roadside assistance for boat trailers and tow vehicles, feature-packed boat insurance programs, money-saving benefits including marina and service discounts, and vital information that improves recreational boating. Its member-funded BoatUS Foundation is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating and offers range of boating safety courses – including 33 free state courses – that can be found at