Sat, 10 Dec 2016 21:11:00 +0000 BoatUS Press Releases News relating to BoatUS and Boating http://www.boatus.com/news/releases.asp Sat, 10 Dec 2016 20:11:57 EST On Capitol Hill, Boating Hopes to Count in US GDP:Tue, 6 Dec 2016 08:40:30 ESThttp://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=1260WASHINGTON, DC, December 6, 2016 – Does the outdoor industry, which includes recreational activities such as boating and fishing, matter to the U.S. economy? With Senate passage of the Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act of 2016 (Outdoor REC Act, H.R. 4665) on November 28, the answer is yes, according to BoatUS. The national boating advocacy, services and safety organization also…]]> BoatUS Pegs Hurricane Matthew DamageTue, 6 Dec 2016 08:30:30 ESThttp://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=1259ALEXANDRIA, VA, December 6, 2016 – Hurricane Matthew, which threatened four coastal states as it corkscrewed through the Atlantic in early October, caused an estimated $110 million in damage to recreational boats, according to Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS). The national advocacy, services and safety organization suggests…]]> Leaders Gather for BoatUS National Advisory CouncilMon, 5 Dec 2016 08:30:30 ESThttp://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=1258ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga., December 5, 2016 – A panel of 11 distinguished national boating leaders who serve as a sounding board for Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) gathered last week with the senior BoatUS leadership in St. Simons Island, Georgia, to discuss key issues impacting recreational boating.

The 11 volunteer…]]> Giving Tuesday is November 29Tue, 15 Nov 2016 08:30:30 ESThttp://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=1257ANNAPOLIS, MD, November 15, 2016 – Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season on November 29. The educational 501(c)(3) BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water asks boaters for their financial assistance on this day to help support the boating nonprofit’s missions to reduce boating accidents…]]> The Cold Facts on the '120-Degree Rule'Mon, 14 Nov 2016 08:30:30 ESThttp://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=1256ANNAPOLIS, Md, November 14, 2016 – The boat may be put away for the season, but the occasional warm fall day still brings plenty of paddlers out on the water. Knowing when to wear the thermal protection offered by a dry- or wetsuit is key. However, a long-assumed guideline meant to help paddlers make the right decision, sometimes known as the “120-degree rule,” may instead put…]]> The Holiday Gift for the Boater:Tue, 8 Nov 2016 08:30:30 ESThttp://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=1255ALEXANDRIA, VA, November 8, 2016 -- Have a boater on your holiday gift list? Look no further. The organization that makes boating better, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), has three holiday gift ideas.

The gift of on-water towing: Give the gift of an on-water Unlimited TowBoatUS Towing Membership…]]> 28th Annual SCYA Women's Sailing ConventionTue, 1 Nov 2016 08:30:30 ESThttp://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=1254CORONA DEL MAR, Calif., November 1, 2016 – Where do women sailors go to learn? The Southern California Yachting Association will hold its 28th Annual Women's Sailing Convention on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club in Corona del Mar, California. The daylong, ladies-only series of shore- and boat-based…]]> The Boat Thieves Want to StealWed, 26 Oct 2016 08:30:30 ESThttp://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=1250ALEXANDRIA, VA, October 26, 2016 – Is your boat less than 26 feet? Does it have outboard motor power and rest on a trailer? If you said yes, beware – you’re a big target for theft. A newly released study that looked at five years of BoatUS Marine Insurance claims files shows that 75 percent of all boats stolen matched…]]> BoatUS "Cat" Team Tackles Matthew: 51-Footer Safely RecoveredTue, 25 Oct 2016 08:30:30 ESThttp://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=1253ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., October 25, 2016 – (Photo Caption) The BoatUS Catastrophe Team arranges for the salvage of a 51-foot sailboat in St. Augustine, Florida. The vessel broke free from St. Augustine Marina during Hurricane Matthew and was safely refloated.

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About…]]> BoatUS "Cat" Team Tackles Matthew: In the FieldMon, 24 Oct 2016 08:30:30 ESThttp://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=1252ST. 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…]]> BoatUS "Cat" Team Tackles Matthew: A Good Reason to Have Boat Liability InsuranceFri, 21 Oct 2016 08:30:30 ESThttp://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=1251ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., October 21, 2016 – (Photo Caption) Recreational boaters are not required by law to have boat insurance. So while boaters debate if hull coverage (that covers damage to their boat) is right for them, having liability insurance coverage can prove to be a wise move. This vessel was fortunate to be covered through a BoatUS…]]> Post-Hurricane Marine Updates at DockwaWed, 12 Oct 2016 08:30:30 ESThttp://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=1249ALEXANDRIA, VA, October 12, 2016 – Dockwa, an online transient boat slip-booking service for recreational boaters, has joined the effort to help the boating community affected by Hurricane Matthew by offering real-time marina status reports at http://ahoy.dockwa.com/hurricane-matthew-marina-status. The data…]]> Boat Owners: What to Do After MatthewMon, 10 Oct 2016 08:30:30 ESThttp://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=1248CHARLESTON, SC, October 10, 2016 – With Hurricane Matthew finally headed out to sea, the storm has left behind some damaged recreational boats in its wake. To help affected boat owners with the recovery effort, BoatUS has these tips to get the salvage process started quickly to protect and preserve the value of any boat harmed by the storm:

1.…]]> Boat Pumpout Money Available for Marinas, Boat Clubs, NonprofitsTue, 4 Oct 2016 08:30:30 ESThttp://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=1245ALEXANDRIA, Va., October 4, 2016 – Marinas, boat clubs or fuel docks with a working pumpout provide a vital service to recreational boaters. Installing a pump, however, and the annual costs to maintain one, can be high. That’s where a program funded by the taxes and fees paid by boaters can help.

This fall, the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s Clean Vessel Act program…]]> Boaters Have Free Hurricane-Preparation Help from BoatUSMon, 3 Oct 2016 10:30:30 ESThttp://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=1247ALEXANDRIA, VA, October 3, 2016 – With weather forecasters hard at work trying to determine the course Hurricane Matthew will take later this week, recreational boaters, marinas and boating facilities along the US Southeastern Coast may not want to wait to make preparations. “It doesn’t take a direct hit for winds, rains and surge to cause damage,” said BoatUS Seaworthy…]]> Boaters: Take the Florida Anchoring Survey by Oct. 9 DeadlineMon, 3 Oct 2016 08:30:30 ESThttp://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=1246TALLAHASSEE, Fla., October 3, 2016 – In 2009, the Florida Legislature halted local governments from placing inconsistent and often onerous restrictions on recreational boat anchoring. It also authorized five municipalities, under a pilot program developed with local stakeholders, to test policies that promote public access, enhance navigational safety, protect maritime infrastructure and…]]> BoatUS President Margaret Bonds Podlich Steps DownThu, 29 Sep 2016 08:30:30 ESThttp://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=1244ALEXANDRIA, VA, September 29, 2016 – After 23 years at Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), Margaret Bonds Podlich has announced that she is stepping down as President effective September 30. A search has been initiated for a permanent replacement to lead the national boating advocacy, services and safety group.

“We…]]> Does Your Business Cater to Boaters?Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:30:30 ESThttp://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=1243ALEXANDRIA, VA, September 27, 2016 – As the summer boating season draws to a close, the BoatUS Partner Network Program reported more than 800 marinas and 300 other retail boating-related businesses participating this year. The program aims to drive…]]> Free BoatUS Winterizing GuideWed, 21 Sep 2016 08:30:30 ESThttp://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=1242ALEXANDRIA, Va., September 21, 2016 -- Water that is mistakenly left in a boat’s engine block to freeze over the winter is sure to become an expensive repair bill come springtime. As the ice expands, it can crack the block and ruin the motor, damage fiberglass, split hoses, or destroy a boat’s refrigeration system. To prevent a mishap while putting the boat away this fall, Boat Owners…]]> 24-Hour TowBoatUS Service Comes toMon, 19 Sep 2016 08:30:30 ESThttp://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=1239MANY, LA, September 19, 2016 -- When anglers and boaters on Toledo Bend Lake learned that TowBoatUS was on a neighboring lake helping boaters get safely home after a breakdown, they let it be known that they could use some assistance, too. James Small, who opened TowBoatUS Sam Rayburn, Texas, this spring heard the call and has now opened TowBoatUS…]]>