ALEXANDRIA, Va., October 3, 2014 – Members of the military who enjoy boating sometimes need a little help when their boat breaks down on the water. To help them get safely back to the launch ramp or home, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is offering those serving active duty, in the Reserve or National Guard 10% off BoatUS’ on water towing services. In addition, those in uniform pay just $15 annual membership dues.
“This is our way of thanking our uniformed military personnel that allow our over half-million members the freedom to enjoy boating in America,” said BoatUS Vice President of Public Affairs, Scott Croft.
With the 10% discount, BoatUS Towing Services offers military members annual on water Unlimited freshwater towing plans for inland lakes and rivers for $43, and Unlimited saltwater towing plans for coastal boaters for $120. BoatUS’ Unlimited plans provide for tows back to docks, boat launch ramps or repair facilities. Battery jumps, fuel drop offs and soft ungroundings are also included. BoatUS offers the largest towing fleet in the nation, and all BoatUS towing plans provide for any boat that is owned, rented, or borrowed, so no matter if it’s their own boat or a rental from post Morale, Welfare and Recreation, the service member is taken care of. Without an annual towing plan, boaters face out of pocket costs that average $600 per incident nationally.
Annual BoatUS membership for military members is $15 and includes a subscription to BoatUS Magazine as well as money saving benefits including marina and service discounts, and vital information that improves recreational boating and keeps everyone safe. Being a BoatUS member also means growing the voice of boaters when important boating legislation is debated.
To request assistance, members can contact any TowBoatUS or Vessel Assist towing provider by hailing on VHF channel 16 or by calling the BoatUS toll-free 24/7 Dispatch Service at 800-391-4869. Assistance can also be summoned via smartphone with the free BoatUS Towing App
, and BoatUS is also the only towing service that offers satellite messaging services with the SPOT and inReach satellite communications services. To find out if a TowBoatUS or Vessel Assist is nearby, military boaters and anglers can go to BoatUS.com/map.
To get the special discounts offered to active duty military, Reserve and National Guard, call 800-395-2628.
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 provided by TowBoatUS and Vessel Assist – offering the nation’s largest network of towing ports with over 300 locations and over 600 towing assistance vessels – 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 and life saving programs.