Sun, 2 Aug 2015 20:43:00 +0000 BoatUS Press Releases News relating to BoatUS and Boating Sun, 2 Aug 2015 19:43:26 EST 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…]]> BoatUS Bestows Access Award toTue, 21 Jul 2015 13:00:00 EST KILLS, NY, July 21, 2015 - After first being broadsided and demolished by Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and then hitting a formidable wall of government bureaucracy, the future of Staten Island’s Nichol’s Great Kills Marina wasn’t always assured. But through the dedicated grassroots efforts of boaters, eager elected officials, a forward thinking marina…]]> Media Alert: EPA Wants to Know How Much CornTue, 14 Jul 2015 13:00:00 EST ISSUE: The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is the 2005 federal law that requires the blending of biofuels such as corn-ethanol into our gasoline. When it was written, it assumed that America’s use of gasoline would continue to rise and mandated escalating amounts of biofuels to be blended with our fuel. Since 2005, however, gasoline usage has…]]> BoatUS Foundation Has Everything to StartMon, 13 Jul 2015 01:00:00 EST, Md., July 13, 2015 – Interested in establishing a life jacket loaner program in your local boating community but don’t know where to start? Does your club or business currently offer a life jacket loaner program but want to promote it more effectively with high quality materials? With a range of new free and low-cost materials available, the BoatUS…]]> VIDEO: Two Common Chores for Diesel Boat OwnersWed, 8 Jul 2015 08:30:30 EST, Va., July 8, 2015 – They are the lasting workhorse of many a cruising or sailing vessel, the inboard diesel engine. Some say they have a reputation for being finicky while others swear by their never-ending reliability. Either side you choose, there are two common chores that the owners of diesel engine boats need to be able to easily perform. Changing…]]> New Online Course For Boaters: All About Marine RadioMon, 6 Jul 2015 08:30:30 EST, MD, July 6, 2015 – If you put 10 boaters in a room with a working marine VHF radio, how many could call for help, call a friend, or share a navigational hazard with nearby boaters? Chances are the most important piece of safety gear aboard a boat is the least understood. A partnership with the US Power Squadrons and BoatUS Foundation aims to improve…]]> On Water Boating Assistance Comes to North Carolina's High Rock LakeTue, 30 Jun 2015 08:30:30 EST ROCK LAKE, NC, June 30, 2015 -- Capt. Lee Sykes has been helping North Carolina boaters get home safely since he opened his first TowBoatUS business in Beaufort, NC in 2010. This spring he brought TowBoatUS, an on water towing and assistance service for recreational boaters, to High Rock Lake. It…]]> Boaters Find Newest Portable Outboard Fuel Tanks Not All They'reTue, 30 Jun 2015 08:30:30 EST, Va., June 30, 2015 – Owners with outboard powered boats have lived with portable fuel tanks for years, but recent well-intentioned efforts to stop smog-causing gas fumes from escaping by eliminating the familiar two-way vent is causing new concerns. Without a vent – typically a small screw type fixture on the tank’s cap or top – a…]]> BoatUS Sea Scout National Flagship Award Goes toMon, 29 Jun 2015 08:30:30 EST, TX, June 29, 2015 – If you wanted to know where in America today are the most skilled, dedicated and enthusiastic group of young mariners, look no further than a suburb of Dallas to the home of Sea Scout Ship 1000, the SSS Enterprise, on Lake Ray Hubbard. In a recent ceremony the “Ship”…]]> The Biggest Boating Weekend of the YearMon, 29 Jun 2015 08:30:30 EST, Md., June 29, 2015 – The July 4th holiday is the biggest weekend on the water for boating and you don’t have enough kid’s life jackets for the little ones planning to come aboard for the fireworks and fun. What do you do?

Before you try putting a child in an adult life jacket, go to Vote For Your Favorite New Life Jacket Design by July 8Thu, 25 Jun 2015 08:30:30 EST, Md., June 25, 2015 – If you’ve ever worn a life jacket and thought how its design or styling could be better, now is your chance to be heard. The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water and the Personal Floatation Device Manufacturers Association are asking boaters to vote now for their favorite new life jacket…]]> Record Holder and DIY Expert Mark Corke AppointedWed, 24 Jun 2015 13:00:00 EST, Va., June 24, 2015 – Mark Corke, an accomplished boating writer known for his technical acumen and impressive tenure in marine magazine publishing, has been appointed Associate Editor of BoatUS Magazine. Corke was most recently a freelance writer and photographer for a wide net of top boating magazines including Soundings,…]]> Media Alert: NC Legislators Looking to Charge Boaters New Fee -Thu, 18 Jun 2015 10:30:30 EST ISSUE:  As part of the current North Carolina budget debate, the state General Assembly is currently considering legislation that would impose a significant new user fee on all recreational boats 24 feet and longer that are used in coastal waters. For example, the costs proposed for the new North Carolina “Coastal Waterways User Identification…]]> On the West Coast, BoatUS Rebrands Vessel Assist to TowBoatUSTue, 16 Jun 2015 10:00:00 EST, Va., June 16, 2015 – In a move that aligns its on water towing services under one national brand, BoatUS is renaming its West Coast-based Vessel Assist towing fleet to TowBoatUS. The national boating advocacy, services and safety organization purchased Vessel Assist in 2003 and has since operated…]]> Sally Helme Honored with Leadership in Women's Sailing AwardMon, 8 Jun 2015 08:30:30 EST, MA, June 8, 2015 -- Sally Helme, of Newport, RI and publisher of Bonnier Corp.’s Cruising World and Sailing World magazines, has been honored with the 2015 Leadership in Women's Sailing Award. Presented by National Women’s Sailing Association (NWSA) and Boat Owners Association of The United…]]> Summer Hires at Marina Fuel DocksThu, 4 Jun 2015 08:30:30 EST, Md., June 4, 2015 – As the summer boating season is underway, marinas, boat yards and clubs are staffing up. These seasonal employees, sometimes high school, college students or part-timers are responsible for refueling hundreds of boats – but do they have the training to prevent a fuel…]]> Five Ways to Save on Your Family's Boating BudgetFri, 29 May 2015 08:30:30 EST, Va., May 29, 2015 – Contrary to the myth, recreational boating is a solid middle class lifestyle. About three in four boat-owning households earn less than $100,000 combined income each year, so saving money for boating families is important. That’s why informed boaters join Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) for the exclusive…]]>