Fri, 25 May 2018 16:40:00 +0000 BoatUS Press Releases News relating to BoatUS and Boating Fri, 25 May 2018 15:40:59 EST 3 Mistakes Boaters Don't Want to Make with a DSC-VHF RadioThu, 24 May 2018 08:30:30 EST, Md., May 24, 2018 – For recreational boaters, sailors and anglers, having a Digital Selective Calling (DSC) VHF radio aboard to call for emergency help will always be the fastest way to summon assistance from your closest rescuers. That means that going without one can hurt your chances for a safe summer on the water. Here are three common mistakes boat owners make with DSC-VHF…]]> 2018 Top 10 Boat Names ReleasedWed, 23 May 2018 01:00:00 EST, Va., May 23, 2018 – Boat names can reveal a lot about the personality, passion and life experiences of a boat owner. This year, BoatUS decoded the most popular boat names ordered through its online boat graphics and lettering service at, producing a revealing list of…]]> Paddlewheeler 'Pilot in Training' Jumps Ship to Start Recreational Boat-Towing BusinessTue, 22 May 2018 08:30:30 EST, KY, May 22, 2018 – When recreational boats on the Ohio River breakdown, need fuel or run aground, on-water assistance is now just a phone call away with the opening of Boat Assist, located at RiverPark Place Marina in Louisville. Captain Gene Foster, who learned the maritime trade aboard local paddlewheelers…]]> Affordable On-Water Powerboat Training for Families, TeensThu, 17 May 2018 10:30:30 EST RIVER, Md., May 17, 2018 – Want to learn the basics of powerboating with your teen, or brush up on your close quarters powerboat handling skills? On Saturday, June 2, the nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water together with TowBoatUS Baltimore/Middle River will offer a choice of two fun TowBoatUS Detroit, the on-water towing and assistance service for recreational boaters has a new owner, but the face may be familiar. Local boaters may recognize Capt. Jeff Pidcock, owner of Damark Marine Specialties in Gibraltar for more than 20 years, as the new owner of the boater-assistance service that’s…]]> 'Get Into Your Sanctuary' This WeekendWed, 16 May 2018 08:30:30 EST, Va., May 16, 2018 -- As a boating or fishing destination, few places on the planet can compete with the diversity of the National Marine Sanctuary System, which protects America's most iconic natural and cultural marine resources.

Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) recognizes the importance of marine sanctuaries to the nation’s nearly 12 million recreational…]]> 2018 Lionfish Challenge:Tue, 15 May 2018 08:30:30 EST, Fla., May 15, 2018 – Sign up now for the 2018 Lionfish Challenge and you could win up to $5,000 while helping rid Florida’s waters of non-native lionfish. The competition starts this Saturday, May 19. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) urges Sunshine State divers and anglers to register…]]> 3 Easy, No-Cost Ways to Be Safer on the WaterMon, 14 May 2018 08:30:30 EST, Va., May 14, 2018 – With the start of boating season and next week’s National Safe Boating Week, May 19–25, the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water has three tips to get boaters thinking about safety aboard any type of boat.

1. Open up your boat for a vessel safety check: You may think getting a vessel safety check from the U.S. Coast Guard…]]> Local Business Owner Starts a New Line of Work on Lake Wylie:Thu, 10 May 2018 12:00:00 EST WYLIE, S.C., May 10, 2018 – On Lake Wylie when a boat breaks down, runs aground, runs out of fuel, or needs a tow to the launch ramp, TowBoatUS Lake Wylie is ready 24-hours a day to help. Captain Adam Huth, the new owner of the on-water towing and assistance service, has added a second location to help manage the…]]> TowBoatUS Comes to Lake OconeeWed, 9 May 2018 09:00:30 EST, Ga., May 9, 2018 – It wasn’t until after helping in two hurricane-relief efforts that Brandy and Daniel Whitby realized their passion for assisting boaters. Earlier this year, the couple opened TowBoatUS Lake Oconee, a 24-hour on-water towing and assistance…]]> Show Off Your 'Best Catch' and You Could Be Fishing with Mark ZonaThu, 3 May 2018 10:30:30 EST, Va., May 3, 2018 – If you’re an angler or know someone who is, the countdown begins now for a chance to win big. Showing off your “best catch” could get you an action-packed fishing trip with Mark Zona, former pro angler, co-host of the Bassmaster Elite Series, and host of “Zona’s Awesome Fishing Show” on his favorite lake.

Submit your…]]> Where Big Ethanol is King, Many Prefer Ethanol-Free GasThu, 3 May 2018 08:30:30 EST MOINES, Iowa, May 3, 2018 – Even in Iowa, it appears many Hawkeye State residents aren’t fond of ethanol fuels mandated by the federal government’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

A report from the Iowa Department of Revenue shows that ethanol-free gas (E0) is a more popular…]]> New York Reports Boating FatalitiesWed, 2 May 2018 08:30:30 EST, NY, May 2, 2018 – The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation recently announced its 2017 Recreational Boating Report. The state reported 22 fatalities in 2017 – the same as 2016 – which had placed the Empire State 31st in the nation for boating fatalities. In 2017, unregistered craft (kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards, peddle boats and…]]> Capt. Chris Shaffner Grows 24-hour Assistance Service for BoatersTue, 1 May 2018 08:30:30 EST PIERCE, Fla., May 1, 2018 – Captain Chris Shaffner needed a career that worked for his family. The life of a young captain running yachts in the Bahamas and Caribbean often kept him away from home. So 17 years ago he opened his first two TowBoatUS locations in Palm Beach and Jupiter that help boaters get home safely. Today, after responding to thousands of requests for on-water assistance…]]> Want to Learn How to Boat? Affordable On-Water Training Courses May 19, 20Mon, 30 Apr 2018 08:30:30 EST, Md., April 30, 2018 – Want to learn the basics of powerboating or brush up on your skills? The nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water together with Freedom Boat Club Annapolis offer a choice of two fun on-water training courses taught aboard 21-foot powerboats: ‘Intro to Boating’ and ‘Women…]]> BoatUS YouTube Channel Reaches Milestone: What Are You Missing?Thu, 26 Apr 2018 08:30:30 EST, Va., April 26, 2018 – With springtime’s arrival, more boaters are getting help with a variety of how-to and other boating topics by watching BoatUS videos at The national advocacy, services and safety group announced today it has reached a milestone with 10,000 YouTube channel subscribers. The…]]> New Owners Take the Helm at TowBoatUS Norris LakeWed, 25 Apr 2018 08:30:30 EST, Tenn., April 25, 2018 – Nearly 15 years ago, Captains Robert Dial and Durand Carmany’s professional careers began on the water as rookie divers volunteering for a local rescue squad. For the last five years, they’ve helped with salvage and recovery work for a local owner of a 24-hour on-water towing and assistance company for recreational boaters. After laying the foundation…]]> Save a Kid's Life This Summer: Become a Life Jacket Loaner SiteWed, 25 Apr 2018 08:30:30 EST, Md., April 25, 2018 – A simple way to save a kid’s life is to ensure they have a life jacket when they go boating, sailing or fishing. But sometimes, it’s not easy to borrow a right-sized life jacket when an infant or young teen comes aboard. Marinas, boat and fishing clubs, waterfront businesses, organizations or other groups that serve boaters can help by becoming…]]> Maine Now Offers Free Boating Safety Course at HomeMon, 23 Apr 2018 08:30:30 EST, Maine, April 23, 2018 – The Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife offers Maine boaters many ways to take boating safety courses, but now there is a new option that saves money. The Pine Tree State now offers the free online BoatUS Foundation boating safety course…]]> Capt. Jeff Loraas Returns to His RootsFri, 20 Apr 2018 08:35:30 EST MINNETONKA, Minn., April 20, 2018 – For Captain Jeff Loraas, a 1985 Mound Westonka High School graduate, his path in life took him from Minnesota to Florida for a career in service-related work and family. Now he’s back to Lake Minnetonka as the new owner of the 24-hour on water towing service TowBoatUS…]]>