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  • Where Big Ethanol is King, Many Prefer Ethanol-Free Gas

    Where Big Ethanol is King, Many Prefer Ethanol-Free Gas

    Report: More ethanol-free fuel sold in Iowa than E15

    DES 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 fuel choice than E15 (15 percent ethanol) and all flex fuels (E20, E85) combined, with Iowans purchasing …

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  • BoatUS Warns Against President's Proposal to Sell E15 Year Round

    BoatUS Warns Against President's Proposal to Sell E15 Year Round

    Boater's group asks boat owners to speak up now

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 17, 2018 – A proposal by President Trump to allow the sale of E15 (15 percent ethanol) gasoline year-round has set off alarm bells at the nation’s largest boating advocacy group, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS). E15 is prohibited by federal law for use in recreational boat engines, voids many marine engine warranties, and is currently banned …

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  • US Interior Secretary  Zinke Addresses

    US Interior Secretary Zinke Addresses
    Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council Meeting

    "Boats are good. A lot of boats are better."

    WASHINGTON, April 6, 2018 – U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke addressed the Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council at its recent meeting held April 4 and 5 at the Department of Interior in Washington, D.C. The secretary emphasized the importance of outdoor recreation, specifically as it relates to boating, and included a message directed squarely at America’s nearly …

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  • Take a Boating Safety Education Course Mar. 18-24

    Take a Boating Safety Education Course Mar. 18-24

    No-Cost BoatUS Foundation online course offered for 36 states

    ANNAPOLIS, Md., March 14, 2018 – Next week, Mar. 18-24, is a great time to take a boating safety course. Why? It’s perfect timing just before the start of the boating and fishing season and the week-long ‘Spring Aboard’ public service campaign makes it easy for boaters to take a boating safety course. The educational effort is a partnership of the National Association of State …

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  • BoatUS: Tax Provisions for Boats Extended

    BoatUS: Tax Provisions for Boats Extended

    Have a boat loan? Ask your lender for form 1098

    WASHINGTON, March 6, 2018 – Just two short years ago, Congress extended some boat sales tax and mortgage interest deductions for recreational boat buyers. Excluding home equity loans, those deductions remain for next year’s 2018 tax season with the recently passed GOP tax overhaul plan signed into law on December 22, 2017, albeit with some new lower limits on lending amounts, according …

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  • BoatUS: Boaters Stand to Gain With Government's Recognition

    BoatUS: Boaters Stand to Gain With Government's Recognition
    of the Outdoor Industry

    Department of Commerce Report:

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 1, 2018 – It’s no surprise that the industries that produce the most goods or services and keep the economy humming often receive favorable attention from legislators in Washington. Now with the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) February announcement that the outdoor recreation industry’s 2016 annual gross output is 2 percent …

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  • BoatUS Magazine Wins 9 Awards from Boating Writers International

    BoatUS Magazine Wins 9 Awards from Boating Writers International

    MIAMI, February 27, 2018 – Boating Writers International, the professional association for writers, editors, publishers, photographers and videographers in the recreational boating and fishing industry, bestowed nine awards on BoatUS Magazine staff during a presentation recently held at the group’s annual meeting at the 2018 Miami International Boat Show. The awards, which attracted nearly …

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  • If You Want Better Fishing, Tell Your Senator Today

    If You Want Better Fishing, Tell Your Senator Today

    BoatUS says 'Modern Fish Act' helps recreational anglers

    WASHINGTON, February 26, 2018 – Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) urges recreational boaters and anglers residing in states with U.S. Senate Commerce Committee members to speak up now in favor of passing the Modern Fish Act. The bill, which will be voted on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, aims at improving federal marine fisheries management for recreational anglers. If the bill …

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  • BoatUS Voices Support for Hawaii Boat Title Legislation

    BoatUS Voices Support for Hawaii Boat Title Legislation

    H.B. 2596 offers consumer protections to boat owners

    HONOLULU, Hawaii, February 5, 2018 – On behalf of Hawaii’s 11,000 registered recreational boat owners and more than 2,500 dues-paying members, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) delivered on Friday to the Hawaii House of Representatives Committee on Transportation a letter of support for H.B. 2596, the Uniform Certificate of Title for Vessels Act. BoatUS says the Act …

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  • BoatUS Speaks for Boaters at 'State of the Industry' Capitol Hill Briefing

    BoatUS Speaks for Boaters at 'State of the Industry' Capitol Hill Briefing

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2018 – Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) in partnership with the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) went to Capitol Hill yesterday to address Congressional Boating Caucus members and invited legislative staff for the annual State of the Industry briefings at the Russell Senate and Rayburn …

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  • Engage on State Boating Issues with New BoatUS Advocacy Tool

    Engage on State Boating Issues with New BoatUS Advocacy Tool

    Great for grassroots boating efforts

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., January 29, 2018 – With the adage that “all politics is local,” Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) offers a new online Advocacy Tool for recreational boaters. The tool serves as a one-stop shop for federal and state recreational boating issues and gives recreational boaters the option to track relevant bills by state, find contact information for …

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  • To the Person Who Ran Their Boat Too Close to Me

    To the Person Who Ran Their Boat Too Close to Me

    Top 10 Most Read BoatUS Magazine Articles in 2017

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., December 14, 2017 – When running a boat, how close is too close? For anyone behind the helm on a congested waterway or dropping anchor in a popular anchorage, “too close” could mean a boat length or a football field away. BoatUS Magazine writer Carol Newman Cronin looks at the issue in the story “How Close is Too Close?,” which ranked tenth of the Top …

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  • You Asked for Less Ethanol With Your Gas; EPA Adds More

    You Asked for Less Ethanol With Your Gas; EPA Adds More

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., December 4, 2017 – This summer, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asked the public how much ethanol it wanted to be added to the nation’s gasoline supply, and recreational boaters as well as many other owners of gasoline engines and vehicles spoke up against increasing ethanol volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). On Friday, EPA set the 2018 RFS at 19.29 …

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  • BoatUS: Boaters Need to Weigh in on Lake Erie Wind Farm Project

    BoatUS: Boaters Need to Weigh in on Lake Erie Wind Farm Project

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., December 4, 2017 – A small wind farm “demonstration project” in the planning stages, to be located on Lake Erie, 8 to 10 miles northwest of Cleveland, Ohio, may be a sign of what the future holds for thousands of acres of Lake Erie waters. With more than 18,000 dues-paying members in Ohio, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) urges recreational boaters …

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  • BoatUS National Advisory Council Gathers to Look at Recreational Boating Today, Tomorrow

    BoatUS National Advisory Council Gathers to Look at Recreational Boating Today, Tomorrow

    AUSTIN, Texas, November 15, 2017 – A panel of distinguished national boating leaders who serve as a sounding board for the Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) gathered last week along with esteemed guests and BoatUS staff in Austin to discuss key issues impacting recreational boating today and tomorrow. Topics of the daylong agenda included an overview of recreational boating …

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  • BoatUS Magazine: Why Aren't Millennials Buying Boats?

    BoatUS Magazine: Why Aren't Millennials Buying Boats?

    A millennial offers tips for getting younger boaters on the water

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., October 5, 2017 – Both boaters and those who rely on boating to make a living lament that there doesn’t seem to be as many younger boaters these days. The statistics back that up. According to the recently published BoatUS Magazine feature “Why Aren’t Millennials Buying Boats?” (October 2017), approximately 41 percent fewer 20- to 39-year-olds owned boats …

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  • 4 Days: How Much Time Boaters Have to Prepare for Irma

    4 Days: How Much Time Boaters Have to Prepare for Irma

    Essential Info for boaters, clubs, marinas

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., September 5, 2017 – According to the National Hurricane Center, Florida may have up to four days to prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Irma, a “potentially catastrophic Category 5” storm now approaching the Leeward Islands. While it’s difficult to determine landfall, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) urges boaters, marinas and boat clubs …

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  • BoatUS: Take 5 Minutes Today to Have Your Say on Ethanol

    BoatUS: Take 5 Minutes Today to Have Your Say on Ethanol

    How much ethanol do you want in your gas in 2018?

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., August 22, 2017  -- The battle to protect your boat’s engine is not over. Right now, the Environmental Protection Agency is asking for public comments on the amount of ethanol that must be blended into the nation’s fuel supply for 2018, and Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is urging recreational boaters to speak up and be heard by providing comments …

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  • US Secretary of Interior Zinke Speaks on Boating Access, Infrastructure on Federal Lands

    US Secretary of Interior Zinke Speaks on Boating Access, Infrastructure on Federal Lands

    WASHINGTON, July 19, 2017 -- Just as outdoor enthusiasts enjoy federal lands, recreational boaters need access to federal waters. Access, however, can be threatened due to aging marina infrastructure, lack of funds for ramp and dock maintenance, or government will. The Department of Interior oversees about one-fifth of the nation’s land, including the national parks. Boat Owners Association …

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  • Boating Industry Reader Survey Reports Ethanol Repairs Increasing

    Boating Industry Reader Survey Reports Ethanol Repairs Increasing

    "They have seen damage...caused by ethanol"

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. July 18, 2017 – A new survey by Boating Industry magazine says those in the boating industry that manufacture, sell, repair and store recreational vessels are seeing a growing number of problems caused by ethanol-related fuels. Said one Minnesota boat dealer in the survey, “Ethanol fuels are great for our service department but bad for our customers!” The reader …

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  • Secretary Zinke Releases Boating Infrastructure Grant Funds

    Secretary Zinke Releases Boating Infrastructure Grant Funds

    Program channels boater taxes into user facility improvements

    YORKTOWN, Va., July 7, 2017 – In a ceremony held today in Yorktown, Virginia, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke shared a $14.7 million check with Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) Vice President Heather Lougheed, who accepted on behalf of America’s recreational boaters. The amount represents 2017-18 funding for the federal Boating Infrastructure Grant (B.I.G.) …

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  • Florida Bill Strengthens Derelict Vessel Fight,

    Florida Bill Strengthens Derelict Vessel Fight,
    Promotes Environmentally Sound Public Access

    BoatUS thanks governor and legislature

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 27, 2017 – The results of an eight-year pilot program are in, and Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature have acted. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) congratulates the governor and legislators on Friday’s passage of HB 7043 that promotes environmentally sound public access and helps address the issue of improperly stored, abandoned or derelict …

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  • A Sleepy Subject That Could Keep a Boater Awake at Night

    A Sleepy Subject That Could Keep a Boater Awake at Night

    7 important things to know about the fine print

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 5, 2017 – While it’s a subject not often discussed, knowing what’s in your boat’s insurance policy could mean the difference between having to pay significant costs out of pocket for a claim or coming away from the claims experience in good shape. What do you need to know? Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) takes a look at the fine print …

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  • BoatUS: NOAA National Charting Plan Looks to the Future

    BoatUS: NOAA National Charting Plan Looks to the Future

    "We don't expect paper charts to go away anytime soon"

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 31, 2017 – Many in the boating community have recently expressed concern after learning of a proposed plan for the “sunsetting” of paper navigational charts, which was listed among the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Charting Plan, released earlier this spring. A closer reading of the strategy however, according to the …

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  • BoatUS Skewers Latest 'Big Ethanol' Effort

    BoatUS Skewers Latest 'Big Ethanol' Effort
    to Support Government Ethanol Mandate

    ALEXANDRIA, VA, May 16, 2017 –“Big Ethanol” is at it again. In a new advertising campaign timed with the start of boating season, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), the leading trade association for America’s ethanol industry, continues to spread mistruths in its support of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), a 2005 law that mandates the blending of biofuels such as corn-ethanol …

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  • BoatUS By The Numbers 2017

    BoatUS By The Numbers 2017

    ALEXANDRIA, VA, May 4, 2017 – Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is the nation’s largest advocacy, services and safety organization, taking care of America’s recreational boaters for more than 50 years. A look at a few numbers behind the more than half-million-member association may surprise or astonish: Membership   547,914: Total number of BoatUS …

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  • Boating and Fishing Groups Send Message to Trump

    Boating and Fishing Groups Send Message to Trump
    Administration and Congress: Now is Time to Fix Broken Ethanol Policy

    26,000 Sign Petition for Ethanol Fuels Reform

    WASHINGTON, DC, May 3, 2017 – In a letter sent today to the Trump administration and Congress, a coalition of recreational boating and sportfishing interests urged action to fix America’s broken ethanol policy. The American Sportfishing Association (ASA), Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Marine Retailers Association …

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  • Do You Boat on USACE or National Park Waters?

    Do You Boat on USACE or National Park Waters?

    Recreational Industry group meets with Interior Secretary Zinke

    ALEXANDRIA, VA, April 25, 2017 -- Hundreds of thousands of boaters enjoy the nation’s vast holdings of US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) or US Department of Interior lakes and waterways every year. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) believes that public-private partnerships have an important role to play in maintaining, improving and growing boating access on waters managed …

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  • Save a Life: Become a Life Jacket Loaner Site

    Save a Life: Become a Life Jacket Loaner Site

    BoatUS Foundation loaner program now easier to apply

    ANNAPOLIS, Md., April 17, 2017 – Across the United States, there are over 550 BoatUS Foundation Life Jacket Loaner sites that collectively loan out children’s life jackets more than 140,000 times each year. That makes it one of the largest and most successful boating safety programs in the country. Becoming a new loaner site is now easier with an application cycle that allows marinas, …

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  • BoatUS Testifies on

    BoatUS Testifies on
    Improving Boater Experience at National Parks

    House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee Hearing Held Today

    WASHINGTON, DC, April 5, 2017 – At a hearing held today by a House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee featuring speakers from the public and private sectors, BoatUS Vice President Government Affairs Chris Edmonston urged Congress to ensure that tough budget times do not jeopardize recreational boating access in America’s National Parks. In his testimony Edmonston also gave the …

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  • Boat Owners Association of The United States Says

    Boat Owners Association of The United States Says
    Budget Proposal Raises Concerns for American Boaters

    US Coast Guard faces 14% budget cut

    WASHINGTON, DC, March 21, 2017 – After its first look at the Trump administration’s new budget blueprint released March 16, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) says that boat owners should be aware of potential budget impacts that could affect boating safety, access and the health of our waterways. “The administration’s budget proposal clearly reflects …

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  • Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association

    Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association
    Campaigns for the 1100-Mile Waterway in Washington, DC

    Hazardous shoaling reduces depth to less than 5 feet in several sections

    WASHINGTON, DC, March 13, 2017 – The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, the famed 1100-plus mile coastal waterway stretching from Norfolk, Virginia to Miami, Florida, is getting “thin.” Shoaling has created hazardous conditions in some areas with depths reported less than 5 feet – which reflects a remarkable 7 feet of water depth lost in the waterway’s authorized minimum …

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  • Boating Writers International Bestows Awards

    Boating Writers International Bestows Awards
    on BoatUS Magazine Writers

    MIAMI, Fla. February 21, 2017 – Boating Writers International (BWI), the professional association for writers, editors, publishers and photographers in recreational boating and fishing industry, bestowed six awards to BoatUS Magazine writers during a presentation held at the group’s annual meeting at 2017 Miami International Boat Show. It is the 24th year of the annual writing contest …

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  • Two Boating Enthusiasts Set To Lead Congressional Boating Caucus

    Two Boating Enthusiasts Set To Lead Congressional Boating Caucus

    WASHINGTON, DC, February 13, 2017 – The Congressional Boating Caucus was formed in 1989 as an informal, bipartisan group of US Senators and Representatives to advocate for the interests of the recreational boating industry. Recreational boaters have also benefitted from the Caucus’ leadership on shared issues such as restoration of the Everglades, fisheries management reform, flood protection …

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  • 500,000+ BoatUS Members Asked to Petition

    500,000+ BoatUS Members Asked to Petition
    New Administration and Congress to Fix Ethanol Policy

    ALEXANDRIA VA, February 9, 2017 – Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is asking its more than half-million members – and any recreational boat owner concerned with having a safe fuel supply – to petition the new Trump administration and Congress to reform the ethanol mandate, also known as the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In a communication to members, BoatUS …

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  • Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act

    Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act
    Signed by President Obama

    Includes funds for Everglades restoration

    WASHINGTON, D.C., December 19, 2016 – BoatUS, the nation’s advocate for boat owners, applauds passage of a bipartisan bill signed by President Obama on December 16 that will provide critical funds for water-resource infrastructure projects at emerging harbors, channels, locks and dams. The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN), which encompasses the Water Resources …

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  • On Capitol Hill, Boating Hopes to Count in US GDP:

    On Capitol Hill, Boating Hopes to Count in US GDP:
    What It Means for Boat Owners

    Outdoor REC Act Awaits President's signature

    WASHINGTON, 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 …

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  • Leaders Gather for BoatUS National Advisory Council

    Leaders Gather for BoatUS National Advisory Council

    Annual forum looks at recreational boating issues

    ST. 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 leaders of the BoatUS National Advisory Council attending …

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  • BoatUS "Cat" Team Tackles Matthew: 51-Footer Safely Recovered

    BoatUS "Cat" Team Tackles Matthew: 51-Footer Safely Recovered

    ST. 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. ### About BoatUS: Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is the nation’s leading advocate for recreational boaters …

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  • BoatUS "Cat" Team Tackles Matthew: In the Field

    BoatUS "Cat" Team Tackles Matthew: In the Field

    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 …

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  • BoatUS "Cat" Team Tackles Matthew: A Good Reason to Have Boat Liability Insurance

    BoatUS "Cat" Team Tackles Matthew: A Good Reason to Have Boat Liability Insurance

    ST. 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 Marine Insurance Program liability insurance policy. …

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  • Boaters Have Free Hurricane-Preparation Help from BoatUS

    Boaters Have Free Hurricane-Preparation Help from BoatUS

    ALEXANDRIA, 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 Editor …

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  • Boaters: Take the Florida Anchoring Survey by Oct. 9 Deadline

    Boaters: Take the Florida Anchoring Survey by Oct. 9 Deadline

    Share Your Experiences with Pilot Anchorages to Make Your Voice Heard

    TALLAHASSEE, 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 the …

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  • BoatUS President Margaret Bonds Podlich Steps Down

    A "President of The People"

    ALEXANDRIA, 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 want to thank Margaret for her many years of service …

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  • Water Resources Development Act the Focus of Today's

    Water Resources Development Act the Focus of Today's
    Congressional Boating Caucus Meeting

    Recreational Boating and Fishing Industries to Hold Briefing Today on Capitol Hill

    WASHINGTON, DC, September 15, 2016 – For the recreational boater, waterway access, safe navigation, and clean waters are essential. Today on Capitol Hill recreational boating and fishing industries will hold a Congressional Boating Caucus briefing and panel discussion on the need for Congress to reauthorize the Water Resource Development Act (WRDA). The legislation provides funding for US Army …

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  • 10 Commercial Vessel Anchorages Proposed for Hudson River

    10 Commercial Vessel Anchorages Proposed for Hudson River
    Draw Focus of National Boating Group

    Deadline for Comments September 7

    NEW YORK, NY, August 22, 2016 – New York Harbor commercial marine interests have asked the US Coast Guard to consider 10 commercial vessel anchorages on the Hudson River from Yonkers to Kingston. If approved, the anchorages, totaling more than 2,400 acres, would allow for storage of up to 43 articulated barges carrying Bakken oil between Albany and New York Harbor. The Boat Owners Association …

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  • TowBoatUS Ocean City Removes Harmful Fishing Nets Just One Day Ahead of Sea Turtle Release

    TowBoatUS Ocean City Removes Harmful Fishing Nets Just One Day Ahead of Sea Turtle Release

    "It Appeared to be Almost Alive, Like it Was Breathing"

    OCEAN CITY, MD, August 11, 2016 – Earlier this summer, 3 miles of open water was all that separated two efforts to protect and nurture marine life on the Atlantic Coast. On June 15, on waters as smooth as glass offshore of Ocean City, Maryland, a project led by the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water removed a large commercial fishing net entangled on an artificial reef. Nearby …

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  • BoatUS By The Numbers 2016

    BoatUS By The Numbers 2016

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., August 9, 2016 – Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is the nation’s largest advocacy, services, and safety organization, taking care of America’s recreational boaters for over 50 years. A new look at a few numbers behind the more than half-a-million-member association may surprise or even astonish:   Membership   532,848: Total …

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  • BoatUS Delivers Over 24,000 Boaters' Comments Urging EPA to Stop Adding

    BoatUS Delivers Over 24,000 Boaters' Comments Urging EPA to Stop Adding
    More Ethanol to the Nation's Gasoline Supply

    PHOTO CAPTION: Washington DC, July 13, 2016 – On July 11, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) President Margaret Podlich (L) and Government Affairs Manager David Kennedy (R), delivered over 24,000 comments from recreational boaters to EPA Headquarters in Washington DC to urge the agency to stop adding more ethanol to the nation’s gasoline supply. BoatUS had asked the …

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  • Rich Armstrong Appointed Managing Editor Of BoatUS Magazine

    Rich Armstrong Appointed Managing Editor Of BoatUS Magazine

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 6, 2016 – Boating industry media veteran Rich Armstrong, former Managing Editor of Soundings and Soundings Trade Only publications, has joined the editorial team at BoatUS Magazine as Managing Editor. Armstrong will be heading up magazine production, as well as managing story development both inside BoatUS and with outside freelancers, and he’ll manage the ongoing …

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  • Elio Betty Promoted to Publisher at BoatUS Magazine

    Elio Betty Promoted to Publisher at BoatUS Magazine

    ALEXANDRIA, VA, June 30, 2016 – Boating industry advertising and marketing veteran Elio Betty, who joined BoatUS Magazine in 2009 as Director of Advertising, has been appointed Publisher. Betty came to BoatUS after six years with Soundings Publications, where he was National Sales Manager and credited with significantly growing Soundings Magazine’s national advertising base. Before Soundings, …

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  • Boating Industry Magazine Report:

    Boating Industry Magazine Report:
    "Ethanol Repair Issues Growing"

    "It ruins their day, their boat and their entire boating experience"

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 30, 2016 – When it comes to recreational boating and the Federal Renewable Fuel Standard’s requirement to put more corn ethanol into gasoline, those that see its negative consequences the most are the industry workers that build, maintain, store or sell boats. A newly released survey by Boating Industry magazine points to ethanol as playing an even “bigger …

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  • Media Alert: BoatUS Asks Boaters to Say "No" to More Ethanol in 2017

    Media Alert: BoatUS Asks Boaters to Say "No" to More Ethanol in 2017

    Deadline for Comments July 11

    THE ISSUE: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is asking for comments on a proposal to increase the amount of ethanol that must be blended into the nation’s gasoline supply for 2017. If adopted, these proposed levels will require the use of a record amount of ethanol, forcing higher-level ethanol fuel blends (including E15 or 15% ethanol) into gas pumps and at more gas stations. Most …

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  • Waterfront Towns Have Federal Grants Money Available

    Waterfront Towns Have Federal Grants Money Available
    to Help Pay for Visiting Boater Facilities: Deadline to Apply Sept. 8

    ALEXANDRIA, VA, June 15, 2016 – Visiting boaters, whether staying over for just one night or a couple weeks, offers economic benefits and adds to the vitality of waterfront communities, marinas and boat clubs. How do towns and marinas attract them? By having overnight “transient” dockage that is protected, safe, and with needed amenities such as electricity and water service connections. …

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  • At Launch of Boating Season,

    At Launch of Boating Season,
    BoatUS and NMMA Caution About Fuel Choice, Misfueling Risks

    Federal Ethanol Fuel Mandates and Changing Fuel Supply Demand Boater Vigilance

    WASHINGTON, DC, May 26, 2016 — As the Memorial Day weekend kicks off the summer boating season, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) and National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) urge boaters to be mindful when selecting fuel for their boats, especially as the federal government’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is increasing the risk of consumer misfueling. Even …

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  • BoatUS Foundation Awarded $150,000+

    BoatUS Foundation Awarded $150,000+
    to Address Marine Debris Challenges

    Matching funds, In-kind Services Add to Grant funding from the

    ANNAPOLIS, MD, April 4, 2016 – Boaters know the dangers that marine debris can pose, both to their own vessel and the environment. Long known for its successful national fishing line recycling program, the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water will be tackling the challenging problem of waterborne junk in three projects this spring that will help remove large debris, a sunken …

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  • BoatUS Asks FL Governor Scott to Veto Special Anchoring Carve Out

    BoatUS Asks FL Governor Scott to Veto Special Anchoring Carve Out

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. March 15, 2016 – Allowing a select few to carve out their own special anchoring restrictions, and bypassing a pilot program designed to provide practical, uniform anchoring regulations statewide is a mistake, says BoatUS President Margaret Bonds Podlich in a letter sent today to Florida Governor Rick Scott. Podlich, who represents over 115,000 members in the state and over …

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  • Despite Anti-Anchoring Vote,

    Despite Anti-Anchoring Vote,
    BoatUS Optimistic For Uniform Anchoring Solution for Florida

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 7, 2016 – Despite a second setback today on the Florida anchoring issue, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) says it’s looking forward to the results of the state’s on-going Pilot Anchoring program this fall. The Florida Senate voted this morning to pass Florida House Bill 1051 – which was accepted in the House on Friday – that …

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  • Urgent BoatUS Media Alert:
    Legislative Vote Tomorrow May Interrupt Florida Anchoring Pilot Program

    Anchoring Restrictions at the Forefront

    TALLAHASSEE Fla., March 2, 2016 – For the past three years, a small group of waterfront homeowners has worked to pass state legislation that would prohibit overnight anchoring near their South Florida properties. HB 1051, which the Florida Legislature will vote on tomorrow, aims to ban overnight anchoring in Sunset Lake, Middle River and between three sets of islands in Biscayne Bay. If HB 1051 …

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  • E0 Gas is Going Away for Boaters

    E0 Gas is Going Away for Boaters

    Op-Ed: South Carolina Boats, Presidential Candidates and Ethanol Blended Fuels

    Dear Friends: I want to share with you the Op-Ed below that was recently offered this week to South Carolina newspapers in advance of Saturday’s Democratic primary. E0 (zero-ethanol) gasoline, which is sold at marinas and gas stations, is in effect being pushed out of boat fuel market to make room for the Renewable Fuel Standard-mandated E15 and higher ethanol blends. This means boaters may …

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  • MEDIA ALERT: Boaters Must Speak Up Today: Legislation to
    Severely Restrict Anchoring on Deck Tomorrow in FL Legislature

    WHEN: Tomorrow, on Wednesday, February 24 the Florida Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Tourism, Transportation and Economic Development in Tallahassee will consider legislation, Senate Bill 1260, that would severely restrict anchoring in specific areas of Sunshine State waters. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) urges local boaters and residents who oppose unreasonable anchoring …

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  • In 2016, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS)

    In 2016, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS)
    Celebrates 50th Anniversary

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., February 3, 2016 – In 1966, boaters could buy a new mid-sized cruiser for about $7,000, outboard engines had just surpassed 100 horsepower, and recreational boating was growing on a large scale across America. It was also in ’66 that the nation’s largest recreational boating group, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), got its start thanks to Founder …

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  • Leaders Gather for BoatUS National Advisory Council

    Leaders Gather for BoatUS National Advisory Council

    Annual Forum Looks at Recreational Boating Issues

    WILLIAMSBURG, VA, December 17, 2015 – A panel of 11 distinguished national boating leaders that serve as a sounding board for Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) gathered with the senior BoatU.S. leadership recently in Williamsburg, VA to discuss key issues impacting recreational boating. The 11 leaders attending the annual meeting included 1.) John Alter, Past Chief Commander, …

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  • Controversial Fee for Boaters

    Controversial Fee for Boaters
    Sinks with Passage of North Carolina Budget

    RALEIGH, NC, September 23, 2015 – A controversial new “Coastal Boat Fee” that would have made Tar Heel State boaters pay the highest state-imposed charges on recreational boats in the nation has died with the passing of the state budget Monday. As part of the North Carolina budget debate, the state’s General Assembly was considering legislation that would have imposed an additional …

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  • This Labor Day Holiday, BoatUS Survey Shows 91% of Boaters Want Ethanol-Free Gas

    This Labor Day Holiday, BoatUS Survey Shows 91% of Boaters Want Ethanol-Free Gas

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. September 1, 2015 – As boaters head into the Labor Day weekend and fill up their boat’s gas tank for one last hurrah of the season, a vast majority say they want ethanol-free gas, but only about half surveyed by the Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) say it is available to them at marinas and gas stations. This means that boaters are filling up with a …

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  • Erika Aims for the Coast: Boaters - What's Your Hurricane Plan?

    Erika Aims for the Coast: Boaters - What's Your Hurricane Plan?

    PALM BEACH, Fla., August 27, 2015 – In Florida, the Palm Beach Post reported that boat owners are wasting no time preparing for Tropical Storm Erika. However, some boaters still don’t have a hurricane plan. Palm Beach Yacht Center dockmaster Jena Bradley said yesterday that she had received at least 30 calls from boat owners looking for dry dock to store their boat. “All I can say …

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  • Grants Available to Help Pay for Visiting Boater Facilities

    Grants Available to Help Pay for Visiting Boater Facilities

    Deadline to Apply Sept. 18

    ALEXANDRIA, 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, and pumpouts – just …

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  • BoatUS Bestows Access Award to

    BoatUS Bestows Access Award to
    Save the Great Kills Park Marina, Staten Island

    GREAT 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 operator, and a renewed partnership …

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  • Media Alert: EPA Wants to Know How Much Corn

    Media Alert: EPA Wants to Know How Much Corn
    You Want In Your Boat's Gas Tank

    Comment Deadline July 27

    THE 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 actually declined steadily, which today forces …

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  • Media Alert: NC Legislators Looking to Charge Boaters New Fee -

    Media Alert: NC Legislators Looking to Charge Boaters New Fee -
    BoatUS Urges Boaters to be Heard

    Would be Highest State-Imposed Charges on Boats in the US

    THE 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 Fee” for a 25-foot boat would be …

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  • Hurricane Planning? Don't Let Loose Boats Hamper Recovery Efforts

    Hurricane Planning? Don't Let Loose Boats Hamper Recovery Efforts

    FEMA Hurricane Prep Week May 24-30: BoatUS Has Preparation Guides

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 26, 2015 – With FEMA’s Hurricane Preparation Week upon us (May 24-30), waterfront towns and boating businesses are learning how to better prepare their local boating community. In the aftermath of 2012’s Superstorm Sandy, orphaned boats littered the streets around Staten Island, New York’s Great Kills Harbor, hindering the clean up and delaying the return …

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  • A Look at the Numbers Behind the Nation's

    A Look at the Numbers Behind the Nation's
    Largest Recreational Boating Group, BoatUS

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 20, 2015 – Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is the nation’s largest advocacy, services and safety group with over half a million members. With the “kick-off” of the summer boating season this Memorial Day weekend, there may be a lot you don’t know about this 49-year-old organization without looking at the numbers. • Membership 530,219 …

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  • New Online Course Helps Boats and Marinas Survive Hurricanes

    New Online Course Helps Boats and Marinas Survive Hurricanes

    Atlantic Hurricane Season Starts June 1

    ALEXANDRIA, VA, May 13, 2015 – History has proven that when hurricanes and recreational boats get together, the result isn’t pretty. But what if every boat owner was armed with a specific plan to prepare their boat for an approaching storm? An online course, “Hurricane Preparation for Boaters,” available from the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water and the …

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  • BoatUS Speaks Out Against Alabama Anti-Bass Fishing Bill

    BoatUS Speaks Out Against Alabama Anti-Bass Fishing Bill

    Gill Net Bill Passes House; Moves to Senate Committee

    MONTGOMERY, AL, April 20, 2015 – The nation’s largest recreational boating advocacy, services and safety group, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), is speaking out against AL House Bill 258, that if passed by the Alabama Senate could decimate bass, crappie and other sportfish stocks. The bill, which would reverse a decades old ban and permit gill netting by commercial …

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  • Media Alert: BoatUS: Anchoring Restrictions Under Review by Florida Legislature;
    Boaters Need to Speak Up Now

    Update 2:00PM EDT: FL House Committee Bill HWSS 15-06 Has New Number: HB 7123

    UPDATE: March 25, 2:00PM EDT: Earlier this morning BoatUS sent the following media alert that includes a discussion of Florida House Committee Bill HWSS 15-06. This bill has been updated by the House and is now named House Derelict Vessel Bill and known as HB 7123. For your reference, this change has been annotated in the copy below and BoatUS continues to urge recreational boaters have their voice …

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  • Media Alert: If You Don't Want More Corn In Your Gas Tank,
    BoatUS Says Boaters Need to Speak Up Now

    THE 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 actually declined steadily, which today forces …

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  • MD, NC, SC and FL United States Power Squadrons

    MD, NC, SC and FL United States Power Squadrons
    Bestowed With Honors

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., February 5, 2015 -- At the US Power Squadrons (USPS) Annual Meeting held recently in Jacksonville, Florida, five Squadrons from across the country and one District were honored with Distinguished Civic Service Awards. Sponsored by Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the awards are given annually to the USPS District and Squadrons in recognition of exceptional …

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  • Boaters and Ethanol Gas:

    Boaters and Ethanol Gas:
    New Legislation Would Fix Renewable Fuel Standard

    BoatUS Urges Boaters to Speak Up Now

    WASHINGTON, DC, February 4, 2015 – New bipartisan legislation introduced today would help ensure recreational boaters don’t put unsafe fuel in their boats, according to Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS). Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), with 30 co-sponsors introduced the Renewable Fuel Standard Reform Act of 2015. BoatUS is urging all boaters to contact their US Representative …

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  • Buyer Beware of Ethanol Fuel in North Carolina:

    Buyer Beware of Ethanol Fuel in North Carolina:
    60 Sheetz Stations to Offer E15 in 2015

    "This Isn't Just About Boats"

    RALEIGH, NC, January 29, 2015 – The Altoona, Pennsylvania based convenience store chain Sheetz announced on January 21 that it would offer E15 fuel – gas containing up to 15% ethanol – at 60 of their North Carolina locations beginning in early 2015. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) believes that could be a problem for recreational boaters, motorists and many …

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  • In Rare Act of Agreement, Last Congress Does The Right Thing For Boat Owners

    In Rare Act of Agreement, Last Congress Does The Right Thing For Boat Owners

    Tax Provisions for Boats Extended

    WASHINGTON, DC, January 27, 2015 -- In an exceptional act of agreement, the recently departed 113th Congress did the right thing for boat owners. It extended some boat sales tax and mortgage interest deductions when filing a 2014 federal income tax return. The catch is a boat has to include a sleeping berth, cooking and toilet facilities, and is offered to new owners who paid substantial state sales …

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  • For Recreational Boaters, Fate of Channel Markers on Lake Eufaula in Question

    For Recreational Boaters, Fate of Channel Markers on Lake Eufaula in Question

    LAKE EUFAULA, Ala., January 21, 2015 – On inland waterways, commercial barge traffic is king. The amount of commercial traffic and tonnage of goods shipped largely determines how much federal support Washington will provide, from funding lock maintenance to navigational aids. On 45,000-acre Lake Eufaula straddling the Alabama-Georgia border, the top-ranked bass fishing lake was the site of 75 …

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  • Vessel Assist Ventura Takes Tower of the Year Honors at

    Vessel Assist Ventura Takes Tower of the Year Honors at
    BoatUS Towing Services Conference

    VENTURA, Calif., January 19, 2015 – A local company that is part of the country’s largest recreational boat towing network helping boaters get safely home was singled out for its professionalism at the BoatUS Towing Services Annual Conference last night in Clearwater Beach, Florida. Tower of the Year honors went to Vessel Assist Ventura, which is owned and operated by Captain Paul Amaral. …

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  • Range of Sailing Topics Slated for 26th Annual

    Range of Sailing Topics Slated for 26th Annual
    Women's Sailing Convention, Feb. 7

    CORONA DEL MAR, Calif., January 7, 2015 – Do women sailors, when desiring to learn more skills, prefer courses taught by women instructors? Celebrating 26 years as the number one sailing education event for women on the West Coast, the Annual Women's Sailing Convention on Saturday, February 7, proves that women-only educational opportunities are highly popular. With water and land-based workshops, …

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  • Seven Tips to Get More Out of a Marine Survey

    Seven Tips to Get More Out of a Marine Survey

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., December 15, 2014 -- In 2013, over 955,000 boats changed hands on the pre-owned boat market. That meant for a nearly a million boat buyers, hiring an accredited marine surveyor to inspect their potential dreamboat was often the first step after finding it. Boat Owners Association of The United States has seven tips on how to get the most from a marine survey: 1. The only good survey …

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  • Help Save a Child's Life - Become a Life Jacket Loaner Site

    Help Save a Child's Life - Become a Life Jacket Loaner Site

    Deadline to Apply is March 1st

    ANNAPOLIS, Md., December 8, 2014 – Waterfront businesses, local organizations or government agencies can help themselves, and at the same time, also possibly help save a child’s life. All they have to do is join the nation’s largest Kids’ Life Jacket Loaner Program offered by the non-profit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. By becoming one of the Foundation’s …

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  • Alabama Bass Trail and BoatUS Team Up for Towing

    Alabama Bass Trail and BoatUS Team Up for Towing

    DECATUR, Ala., December 2, 2014 – The red towboats of BoatUS’ on the water TowBoatUS towing fleet will be getting busier in Alabama in 2015 as a new presenting sponsor of the Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series. The partnership teams up the country’s largest boat owners group and towing fleet for on water and roadside assistance with a 13-lake, team-style statewide fishing tournament …

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  • Boaters Must Speak Up Now On Anchoring in Florida

    FWC Online Survey Closes Dec. 7

    WHAT: In 2009, the Florida Legislature enacted legislation that stopped local governments from placing inconsistent and often onerous restrictions on anchoring. During the 2014 Florida legislative session there were strong attempts to repeal part of this prohibition. While these changes were defeated, there will likely be new legislation introduced in the spring that would grant local governments …

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  • EPA Punts on Renewable Fuel Standard

    EPA Punts on Renewable Fuel Standard

    Boaters Need Safe Fuels

    WASHINGTON, DC, November 21, 2014 – Ensuring a safe fuel supply for America’s 12 million registered boat owners may have to wait, said Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that the agency will further delay the final rule on how much ethanol refiners must blend into the nation’s gasoline supply under …

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  • BoatUS President Margaret Podlich Named 2014 Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year

    BoatUS President Margaret Podlich Named 2014 Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year

    ORLANDO, Fla. November 19, 2014 — Margaret Podlich, president of the Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the nation’s largest boat owners’ association with more than 500,000 members, was named the 2014 Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year. Podlich was honored Wednesday morning, Nov. 19, during the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo Awards Breakfast at the Rosen Centre …

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  • Stuff a BoatUS Membership in a Boater's Stocking This Christmas

    Stuff a BoatUS Membership in a Boater's Stocking This Christmas

    ALEXANDRIA, VA, November 18, 2014 – Most boaters don’t wear stockings on the water but they do hang them from the fireplace mantel for Christmas – and like all good folks they’re hoping Santa drops in something nice. For just $24, you can give Mr. Kringle a little help by purchasing an affordable gift membership from Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) at …

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  • If You Want To Win a Fishing Trip with Mark Zona, Try Writing Like This

    If You Want To Win a Fishing Trip with Mark Zona, Try Writing Like This

    BoatUS Announces Winners of "Awesome Fishing Trip"

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., November 6, 2014 -- When Western Kentucky University Senior Jacob N. Hopkins and University of Idaho Senior Samuel Martin set out to write their winning essay entries in the BoatUS “Zona’s Awesome Fishing Trip” contest, they likely thought they were angling for only one top prize. However, after judges reviewed both entries -- which chronicle career aspirations, …

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  • Media Alert: BoatUS President Margaret Bonds Podlich to Hold Boating Town Hall Meeting

    Media Alert: BoatUS President Margaret Bonds Podlich to Hold Boating Town Hall Meeting
    Nov. 12 on Daniel Island, SC

    WHAT: The leader of the nation’s largest recreational boating organization, BoatUS President Margaret Bonds Podlich, invites all Palmetto State boaters to an informal “Town Hall” discussion to talk boating issues and listen to local boaters’ concerns. Headquartered in Alexandria, VA, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) offers services such as boat towing, …

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  • Will Plans For New Rail Service Affect Your Boating?

    Will Plans For New Rail Service Affect Your Boating?

    BoatUS Asks Boaters to Speak Up at Public Meetings

    TALLAHASSEE, Fl., October 24, 2014 -- Under plans for a new passenger rail service along Florida’s Atlantic Coast from Miami to Orlando, waterway drawbridge closings along the proposed route would become more frequent. The new passenger rail service, known as All Aboard Florida, would offer hourly trains starting in the early morning and ending in the late evening, requiring additional bridge …

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  • True or False? Take the Boat Winterizing Quiz

    True or False? Take the Boat Winterizing Quiz

    ALEXANDRIA, VA, October 20, 2014 – You’re putting the boat away for winter. So what half-truth, wive’s tale or tall story have you heard about winterizing a recreational boat? Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) helps to set the record straight.   Ethanol (E10) fuel and engines: If a boat has a built-in gas tank, it’s recommended to leave the tank as …

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  • New Premium Boat Graphics Service by BoatUS

    New Premium Boat Graphics Service by BoatUS
    Comes With Your Own Private Designer

    Custom Boat Graphics in as Little as 2-3 Business Days

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., October 7, 2014 – Boat names are as varied as boat owners. However, owners looking for something special to put on their vessel now have a new premium level Custom Boat Graphics service from Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) that includes the services of their own private designer. The new Custom Boat Graphics service is for boaters who want something more …

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  • Military Save 10% with BoatUS On Water Towing, and Get Membership for Just $15

    Military Save 10% with BoatUS On Water Towing, and Get Membership for Just $15

    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 …

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  • Snowbirds: Don't Forget Insurance, Towing and Safety "Provisions"

    Snowbirds: Don't Forget Insurance, Towing and Safety "Provisions"

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., September 23, 2014 -- As their annual migration south approaches, sail and powerboat cruisers are stocking their boat’s lockers, checking systems and taking inventory of spare parts. But that’s not the only preparation these cruising “snowbirds” will need to do, says Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS). They need to look at their boat’s …

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  • Boater's Ten Safe and Clean Refueling Tips

    Boater's Ten Safe and Clean Refueling Tips

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., September 15, 2014 – Unlike an automobile, recreational boats have special safety needs when it comes to refueling. Stern drive or inboard powered boats have closed engine compartments where volatile gasoline vapors don’t easily dissipate, and older gasoline powered boats are the riskiest to refuel as their brittle fuel hoses can crack, leaving gas in the bilge after a …

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  • 15-Page "Boater's Guide To Winterizing" Offered by BoatUS

    15-Page "Boater's Guide To Winterizing" Offered by BoatUS

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., September 10, 2014 -- Water expands in volume by about nine percent when it freezes, creating a staggering force that can crack a boat engine block, damage fiberglass, split hoses, or destroy a boat’s refrigeration system overnight. As fall approaches, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) recently dug deep into its insurance claims files unearthing a trove of …

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  • 13-Year Old Dies at Boathouse:

    13-Year Old Dies at Boathouse:
    What Can You Do to Prevent Electrocution and ESD?

    TENSAS PARISH, La., September 4, 2014 -- It was a Sunday afternoon just over a week ago when 13-year-old Sarah Grace Tellifero was enjoying the last days of summer with three friends, swimming near a boathouse on a local lake. Sadly, when Sarah went to grab a boarding ladder on a pontoon boat to climb out of the water, she was electrocuted. A 17-year old was also shocked but survived. Tensas Parish …

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  • Media Alert: Boaters Urged to Attend Anchoring Meetings Sept 3 and 4

    Media Alert: Boaters Urged to Attend Anchoring Meetings Sept 3 and 4
    Regarding the Future of Anchoring in Florida

    WHAT: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is conducting two public workshops on possible changes to Florida’s anchoring laws. If you are a boater or sailor and having a full range of anchoring and mooring options is an important part of your cruising in Florida, consider attending one of these meetings. Active, responsible cruising boaters need to let the state know …

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  • BoatUS Sea Scout National Flagship Award Goes To

    BoatUS Sea Scout National Flagship Award Goes To
    Sea Scout Ship 1942, S.S.S. Dragonlady, From Arlington, VA

    ARLINGTON, VA, August 4, 2014 – Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) awarded its 12th Sea Scout National Flagship Award to the Arlington, Virginia based Sea Scout Ship 1942, S.S.S. Dragonlady. The Sea Scouts and their adult leader Tom Ballew, the skipper of Ship 1942, accepted the award in a ceremony held Saturday at Solomons, Maryland. Keith Christopher, national director …

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  • BoatUS President Podlich Adds Voice to

    BoatUS President Podlich Adds Voice to
    NMMA Congressional Boating Caucus Briefing

    WASHINGTON, DC, July 31, 2014 -- National Marine Manufacturer’s Association President Thomas J. Dammrich, in cooperation with the US Congressional Boating Caucus co-chairs Rep. Candice S. Miller, R-Mich, and Rep. Mike McIntyre D-NC, gave a briefing on the State of the Recreational Boat Industry and Implications for the US Economy yesterday at the US Capitol’s Longworth House Office Building. …

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  • On Water Boat Towing Service Grows on Inland Lakes

    On Water Boat Towing Service Grows on Inland Lakes

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 23, 2014 – It’s your roadside assistance on the water, but most anglers know it’s more than that. “It saves you time and money,” affirms BoatUS Angler Brand Manager Steve Levi. Engine trouble. Dead batteries. Running out of gas or running aground. An “Unlimited” on water towing plan from BoatUS Towing Services handles it all. And with …

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  • Is it Drowning, or Electric Shock Drowning?

    Is it Drowning, or Electric Shock Drowning?

    What You Need to Know to Help Save a Life

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 21, 2014 – While standing at the end of your boat dock, you see a person struggling in the water. Do you recognize that the person is drowning, or is something else going on? And what should you do? Doing the right thing could help save someone else's life, and might keep you from losing yours. Electric Shock Drowning (ESD) occurs when faulty dock or boat wiring causes …

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  • Missouri Corn Growers Pushing For More Ethanol at the Fuel Pump

    Missouri Corn Growers Pushing For More Ethanol at the Fuel Pump

    BoatUS: Consumers Asked to Pay for an Ethanol-At-All-Cost Agenda

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. July 8, 2014 – Are wise consumers of gasoline being pushed to use a fuel that doesn’t work in their boats, lawn equipment, and other small engines?  A June 24 statement from the Missouri Corn Growers Association (MCGA) blames current high gasoline prices on volatile markets and calls for more ethanol at the gas pump to lower gas prices. However, Boat Owners Association …

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  • Why Boats Sink

    Why Boats Sink

    10 Prevention Tips from BoatUS

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 30, 2014 -- When a boat sinks, that’s likely the end of her. That’s because repairs on a sunken boat often cost more than the actual value of the boat. So if boaters want to prevent a sinking at all costs, what can they do? Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) recently took its first significant look since 2006 at its boat …

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  • Boaters: Don't Let July 4th Be Your Undoing

    Boaters: Don't Let July 4th Be Your Undoing

    BoatUS: Nation's Birthday Requires Special Caution

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 25, 2014 – A long day on the water exposed to the elements combined with crowded waterways and alcohol consumption could be a recreational boater’s ultimate undoing this July 4th holiday weekend. “It’s mayhem,” said BoatUS Foundation President Chris Edmonston, “So pull out all the stops and make safety priority #1 to ensure you have a wonderful …

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  • Four Tips for Picking the Best Boatyard

    Four Tips for Picking the Best Boatyard

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 24, 2014 – While boatyards are busy, summer may be a better time to have repair work done on the boat. Why? The typical boatyard and shop warranty on labor is 90 days, giving boaters the time necessary to use the boat and ensure a correct repair. But where does a boater go to get repairs done right? Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has some tips:   Use …

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  • Boat Buying Season Scams

    Boat Buying Season Scams

    Some Red Flags You're About to be Taken for a Ride

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 16, 2014 -- It’s summer boating season and some boat buyers and sellers are getting ripped off, say’s Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS). The national boater advocacy, safety and services group outlined the top boat selling scams reported to its Consumer Protection Bureau and offers some ways to greatly improve your chance of a smooth sale or purchase …

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  • President Signs Legislation Important to Recreational Boating

    President Signs Legislation Important to Recreational Boating

    "Highway Bill for Boaters"

    WASHINGTON, DC, June 11, 2014 – Acknowledging that recreational boating is a significant contributor to the nation’s economy as well as a growth engine for local communities, President Obama signed bipartisan legislation earlier this week that recognizes that the Federal government needs to do more to help small harbors, address longstanding dredging issues, and improve boating and navigation …

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  • Good Samaritans Tossing A Towline: For Free or for Money?

    Good Samaritans Tossing A Towline: For Free or for Money?

    Tips on How to Help a Boater in Need of a Tow

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 5, 2014 -- Tossing a towline to a disabled boat and bringing it back safely to the launch ramp is a time honored act of kindness that recreational boaters have always done for each other. But what happens if the Good Samaritan tossing the line decides to charge for their services? Is there much of a difference between a Good Sam looking for a little extra gas money and a professional …

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  • BoatUS.com/Hurricanes Has Boat, Marina Preparation Tips

    BoatUS.com/Hurricanes Has Boat, Marina Preparation Tips

    Keeping Boats in Place Bolsters Community Resiliency

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 27, 2014 – In the weeks after Superstorm Sandy struck Staten Island’s Great Kills Harbor, orphaned boats littering city streets blocked traffic and interfered with access by emergency vehicles, and sailboat masts snagged in overhead wires delayed the return of much-needed electrical power. Keeping boats contained in Sandy would have facilitated recovery efforts on …

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  • Boating Community Comes Alive Memorial Day Weekend

    Boating Community Comes Alive Memorial Day Weekend

    Some Safety Tips from BoatUS

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 19, 2014 – After the brutal winter there’s a mad rush for boaters to get back on the water for the summer boating season’s annual kick-off, Memorial Day weekend. But the nation’s largest recreational boaters group, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) says “not so fast,” and urges boaters to be prepared by following these five …

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  • In Recession's Ebb, Boaters Embrace Frugality

    In Recession's Ebb, Boaters Embrace Frugality

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 8, 2014 – Nearly five years after the recession’s arguable end, the summer recreational boating season in America has returned, and with it, the country’s boat owners have embraced a new sense of frugality. There’s a large misperception that boaters are “rich”, but hard data proves that boat owners are mostly middle class – at least in …

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  • Florida Legislature Kills Anti-boating Legislation: BoatUS on Watch

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., May 2, 2014 – Sometimes it’s the middle of night, and often it’s only at the very last moment. But that’s the nature of how new legislation is often introduced with the backing of special interest groups in state houses across the US. Often the intent is to keepthe public in the dark. But that’s not what happened over the last two weeks in Florida, …

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  • Media Alert: Recovery Tips For Boats Damaged by Tornadoes

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 29, 2014 -- After yesterday’s devastating tornadoes in the South and Midwest, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has these tips for affected boat owners to get the recovery process started and to preserve the value of boats damaged by the storms:   1. If insured, notify your insurance company as soon as possible. All BoatUS insurance customers …

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  • Anti-Boating Legislation Defeated in Florida House:
    BoatUS Urges Caution in Anchoring Fight

    TALLAHASSEE, Fl., April 23, 2014 – Today, after an overnight groundswell of grassroots recreational boater support, the Florida House of Representatives voted down an amendment to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Bill that would have thrown out a statewide effort to develop consistent and rational anchoring options for cruising boaters, and severely impacted anchoring in some of the most important …

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  • Anti-Boating Legislation Debated in Florida House Tomorrow:
    BoatUS Asks Boaters to Speak Up Now

    TALLAHASSEE, Fl., April 22, 2014 – A last-minute amendment snuck in under the radar to be attached to a piece of pending Fish and Wildlife legislation in the Florida House of Representatives and Senate could throw out a statewide effort to develop consistent and rational anchoring options for cruising boaters and severely impact anchoring in some of the most important areas along Florida’s …

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  • Late Spring Thaw Could Lead to Trouble for Boaters

    Late Spring Thaw Could Lead to Trouble for Boaters

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 22, 2014 -- With much of the waters in the northern US still choked with ice, the opening of the season has been delayed for famed tourist boats such as Niagara Falls’ Maid of the Mist and the ferries to Michigan’s Mackinac Island. The brutal winter is also delaying the start of the season for the $121.5 billion recreational boating industry, and Boat Owners Association …

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  • Must Do Springtime Boat Buying Tips From BoatUS

    Must Do Springtime Boat Buying Tips From BoatUS

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16, 2014 -- With the number one boat buying season of the year kicked off, springtime boat buyers are on the prowl. The nation’s largest recreational boating advocacy and services group, Boat Owner Association of The United States (BoatUS), has some must do tips before you sign on the dotted line. • The Internet is your friend and foe: Of course it’s always …

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  • BoatUS: Annual List of Top Ten Boat Names

    BoatUS: Annual List of Top Ten Boat Names

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 10, 2014 – If a car’s vanity license plate can tell you a lot about the person behind the wheel, what can a boat name tell you about the person behind the helm? Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) just released the national boating organization’s 24th Annual Top Ten Boat Names List and may have the answer. The BoatUS list of Top Ten Boat …

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  • VIDEO: Why Boaters Don't Like Ethanol

    VIDEO: Why Boaters Don't Like Ethanol

    WASHINGTON, DC, April 4, 2014 – If you own a boat, you may have heard by now that a government mandate has been increasing the amount of ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply, which not only damages boat engine and fuel systems but can present very real safety concerns. Mandating the increasing use of the ethanol was legislation passed in 2005, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which BoatUS, …

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  • Boat Owners Association of The US: By the Numbers

    Boat Owners Association of The US: By the Numbers

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 28, 2014 – Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is an association of like-minded boaters, anglers and sailors defined by a sampling of numbers. From how many members it has, or the number of TowBoatUS and Vessel Assist towboats across the nation, to the number of fishing tournaments sanctioned by the BoatUS Angler “Weigh-to-Win” cash bonus …

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  • Boaters: Have a Hassle-Free Summer by Doing Seven Winter Projects Now

    Boaters: Have a Hassle-Free Summer by Doing Seven Winter Projects Now

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., February 18, 2014 -- Boaters can get frustrated when a repair or upgrade takes a long time, but delays are often a simple result of supply and demand. “Spring and summer can be the most challenging times to get work done on a boat because everyone else wants their work at the same time,” said BoatUS Director of Consumer Affairs Charles Fort. But with a little foresight …

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  • At 100th Anniversary, US Power Squadrons and BoatUS

    At 100th Anniversary, US Power Squadrons and BoatUS
    Bestow Distinguished Civic Service Awards at Annual Meeting

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., February 11, 2014 -- At the US Power Squadrons (USPS) Annual Meeting held recently in Jacksonville, Florida, five Squadrons from across the country and one District were honored with Distinguished Civic Service Awards. Sponsored by Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the awards are given annually to the USPS District and Squadrons in recognition of exceptional …

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  • BoatUS Comments on Future of Federal Aids to Navigation to

    BoatUS Comments on Future of Federal Aids to Navigation to
    House Subcommittee

    WASHINGTON, DC, February 5, 2014 – In a hearing before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation held yesterday to review the future of the federal government’s navigation programs and aids to navigation, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) submitted comments urging the federal agencies faced with lower budgets to keep the needs of recreational boaters …

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  • Should Boaters Buy an Extended Warranty?

    Should Boaters Buy an Extended Warranty?

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., February 4, 2014 -- It’s acknowledged among boat owners that boat engines have improved in quality and reliability over the years, and backing that up are recent surveys from J.D. Power reporting a steady decrease in the number of reported problems in marine engines. So is buying an extended service contract – also known as “extended warranties” – worth …

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  • Five Ways Your Boat's Insurance Policy Can Fail You

    Five Ways Your Boat's Insurance Policy Can Fail You

    A Quick Check Up

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., January 30, 2014 – Insurance is one of those things you hope you never have to use, but if you do, you expect the policy to fix the boat or compensate you fairly. If you haven’t taken a close look at your boat insurance, you could be surprised to find that you may not be entitled to a payout with some common types of claims. That’s because unlike home or auto, boat …

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  • Over 70 Years Old, "Magenta Line" To Get a Safer Route With Help From Boaters

    Over 70 Years Old, "Magenta Line" To Get a Safer Route With Help From Boaters

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., January 27, 2014 -- It’s over 70 years old, a thin magenta-colored line appearing on over 50 different navigational charts covering the Atlantic Coast and Gulf, snaking along the route of the Intracoastal Waterway. Now, thanks to NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey and a public-private partnership with Active Captain, an interactive cruising guidebook, NOAA will be updating …

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  • TowBoatUS Chickamauga Lake Named Tower of the Year at

    TowBoatUS Chickamauga Lake Named Tower of the Year at
    Annual BoatUS on the Water Towing Services Conference

    CHICKAMAUGA LAKE, Tenn., January 16, 2014 -- An on the water towboat company that helps Tennessee boaters get safely home was singled out for its professionalism at the BoatUS Towing Services Annual Conference in Clearwater Beach, Florida. Tower of the Year honors went to TowBoatUS Chickamauga Lake, which is owned and operated by Captain Shane O’Neal and his wife, Stacey O’Neal. The company …

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  • Four On the Water Boat Towing Service Captains Honored for Heroism

    Four On the Water Boat Towing Service Captains Honored for Heroism

    CLEARWATER, Fla., January 16, 2014 – Last year, over 70,000 recreational boaters called BoatUS Towing Services for routine on the water assistance. Engine breakdowns, running out of gas or running aground were typical requests. However, the captains across the nation who helm the 600 red towboats of the TowBoatUS and Vessel Assist fleets are sometimes put in the center of life-threatening emergencies. …

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  • For Winter Boat Shoppers, It's Still a Buyer's Market

    For Winter Boat Shoppers, It's Still a Buyer's Market

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., January 15, 2014 – With the winter boat shows kicking off across America, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) says buyers are still in the driver’s seat when it comes to buying a boat. And if your qualifications add up - including having good credit - getting a boat loan should not be difficult.   “If you have been holding back for the past …

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  • Range of Sailing Topics Slated for

    Range of Sailing Topics Slated for
    25th Annual Women's Sailing Convention, Feb. 1

    CORONA DEL MAR, Calif., January 14, 2014 – The West Coast’s premier sailing education event for women is set to launch on Saturday, February 1, at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club in Corona del Mar, California. The 25th Annual Women's Sailing Convention is presented by the Southern California Yachting Association (SCYA) and sponsored by Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS). The …

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  • Top 10 Pieces of Gear For Runabouts

    Top 10 Pieces of Gear For Runabouts

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., January 13, 2014 -- There's a lot to be said for owning small runabouts, center consoles or bow riders. While they are affordable, easy to store, and can keep everyone in the family happy, they have their limits, though, if you want to venture into coastal waters and big lakes. But these journeys can still be done, with the right ten pieces of equipment. Here's what Boat Owners Association …

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  • After the Nation's Cold Snap, Boat Owners Should Check the Boat

    After the Nation's Cold Snap, Boat Owners Should Check the Boat

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., January 9, 2014 -- With temperatures now rising after record lows across much of the nation, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) says now may be a good time to check on your boat in winter storage, and has these five tips to ensure old man winter is kept at bay: 1. How low can she go? If your boat is stored in the water over the winter, are all of the above-water …

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  • Embarrassing Boating "Moments" That Many Recreational Boat Owners

    Embarrassing Boating "Moments" That Many Recreational Boat Owners
    Are Likely to Experience - but Won't Likely Admit to - in the New Year

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., December 26, 2013 – Landlubbers make resolutions for the New Year. Recreational boaters, however, will usher in 2014 wishing for good fishing, wind in the sail, or a full tank of fuel. But that’s not all that sometimes happens on the water. Murphy and his “law” make appearances. “It’s hard to track some of these things, because no one likes to admit …

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  • Emergency Managers, Local Governments Offered Free Hurricane

    Emergency Managers, Local Governments Offered Free Hurricane
    Planning Materials for Municipal Marinas, Boat Club and Boaters

    BoatUS Helps Communities Weather the Storm

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., December 11, 2013 – Over 65,000 recreational boats were damaged or destroyed in Hurricane Sandy, which left hundreds of storm-tossed boats high and dry in the middle of busy street intersections, on public lands, or leaning perilously on overhead power lines. With boats in the way, response efforts were slowed, requiring time consuming and expensive removal and salvage efforts …

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  • BoatUS Speaks Up for America's Boat Owners

    BoatUS Speaks Up for America's Boat Owners
    at EPA Ethanol Hearings

      WASHINGTON, DC, December 5, 2013 – The blending of ethanol into the nation’s gasoline supply was the topic of a hearing held today by the EPA to discuss the 2014 Standards for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Program. Last month, EPA released the 2014 proposed standards which reduced the amount of corn ethanol mandated under the RFS for the first time since the law was implemented. …

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  • For Boaters, Skip the Socks and Underwear for Christmas

    For Boaters, Skip the Socks and Underwear for Christmas

      ALEXANDRIA, VA, November 19, 2013 – From Esquire to Redbook, socks and underwear always make a showing on lists for the best Christmas gift ideas. For about the same price, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) suggests giving the boater in the family a BoatUS or BoatUS Angler gift membership. “We don’t hate socks and underwear – they’re necessary …

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  • "Oops Assurance Guarantee":

    "Oops Assurance Guarantee":
    BoatUS Boat Graphics Knows We All Make Mistakes

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., November 6, 2013 -- We all make mistakes. That's why boaters designing their own boat names online with the BoatUS Boat Graphics and Lettering service get a 30-day “Oops Assurance Guarantee” on all graphics. The Guarantee takes the pain away when mistakes happen while putting graphics on the boat, or the wrong size or color is ordered.   “Boat owners …

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  • Four Tips: How to Safely Truck Your Boat Over the Road

    Four Tips: How to Safely Truck Your Boat Over the Road

    Choosing the Right Shipper

    ALEXANDRIA, VA, November 4, 2013 -- Last year, Steffen Schmidt wanted to move his 37-foot sailboat from Seattle to Rhode Island. Schmidt was not unfamiliar with hiring boat transportation services, and had done it once before with no issues. But this time was different: the boat was delivered in Wickford, Rhode Island with its mast gashed and mangled; the prop and cutlass bearing damaged. Then problems …

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  • Waterway Bill That Passes House Could Have Benefits for Boaters

    Waterway Bill That Passes House Could Have Benefits for Boaters

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., October 31, 2013: A bill that the US House of Representatives just passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013, has Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) seeing potential benefits for recreational boaters.   “We have national highway and air transportation systems,” said BoatUS Government

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  • Boating on Rivers, Locks and Lakes:

    Boating on Rivers, Locks and Lakes:
    New Online Course Can Be Taken at Home

    From United States Power Squadrons and BoatUS Foundation

    ANNAPOLIS, Md., October 30, 2013 – Boating on swift-moving waters, locking through deep, canyon-like lock chambers, and avoiding the daily buzz of commercial ship and barge traffic are some of the most challenging aspects to freshwater boating. But thanks to a partnership with the United States Power Squadrons (USPS) and the BoatUS Foundation, these tough challenges can …

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  • BoatUS: Now Is the Best Time to Get

    BoatUS: Now Is the Best Time to Get
    Your DSC-Equipped VHF Hooked Up Right

    Incredibly 80% of DSC VHF Mayday Calls Have No Vessel Location

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., October 28, 2013 – This time of year, life gets a little slower for recreational boaters, perhaps freeing up time to fix the important things like having a fully working VHF radio on board. If you have a basic VHF, checking the connections for corrosion, inspecting the antenna and doing a simple radio check may be all that it takes. But if you have a newer Digital Selective …

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  • A Study in "Hurt" Boats:

    A Study in "Hurt" Boats:
    The Top Ten Costliest Ways Boats Come To Grief

    Putting Thousands of BoatUS Insurance Claims Files Under a Microscope

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., October 23, 2013 – It’s a cross between the CSI and Cold Case TV show crime dramas: taking a look back through the thousands of dusty, old settled boat insurance claims files to identify patterns that can teach today’s boaters how to avoid becoming a statistic. That’s exactly what the BoatUS Marine Insurance publication, Seaworthy, did in the recent feature, …

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  • It's Official: 99.4% of BoatUS Members Wave While Boating

    It's Official: 99.4% of BoatUS Members Wave While Boating

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., October 4, 2013 – If you thought people seemed happier spending time on a boat, you’re right. In a first-ever survey of the half a million recreational boat owning members of the national boating advocacy and services group, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), 99.4% responded “yes” when asked: “Do you wave (to other boats)?”   “Waving …

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  • Media Alert from BoatUS
    Florida Cruisers Need to Weigh-In On Anchoring Program

    WHAT: In an effort to gauge the success of the Florida Anchoring and Mooring Pilot Program, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is conducting a two-week survey seeking out comment. HOW: If you cruise in Florida, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) urges you to make your views known by taking the short survey at: http://ffwcc.checkboxonline.com/Anchoring-and-Mooring-Pilot-Program.aspx The …

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  • What You Need to Know About Ethanol and Boat Insurance Before You Put the Boat Away

    What You Need to Know About Ethanol and Boat Insurance Before You Put the Boat Away

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., September 23, 2013 – Are you putting your boat away for winter soon? Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) says recreational boat owners need to take special precautions with E-10 gas and review their insurance policy before they put their boat to bed for a long winter’s nap. Otherwise, they may be in for trouble next spring when they …

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  • After Fight, Boaters Get Reprieve With California Legislature

    After Fight, Boaters Get Reprieve With California Legislature

    SACRAMENTO, Calif., September 17, 2013 – Last week, the national boaters’ advocate, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), and the state boaters’ watchdog group, Recreational Boaters of California (RBOC), reached out to Golden State boat owners to advise them of pending legislation, SB 436, that would have siphoned funds from the Harbor and Watercraft Revolving Fund …

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  • Used Boat Buyers Beware: Are You Buying a Hurricane Sandy Boat?

    Used Boat Buyers Beware: Are You Buying a Hurricane Sandy Boat?

    BoatUS: Protections are Few When Buying Used

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., August 26, 2013 – With the fall boat buying season approaching, buyers looking for a pre-owned boat can often find deals as sellers, not wanting to take on the upcoming expense of winter storage fees, are in the bargaining mood. However, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) estimates that 65,000 boats were damaged or lost when Superstorm Sandy struck. Now, nearly …

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  • BoatUS Applauds US Fish and Wildlife Service

    BoatUS Applauds US Fish and Wildlife Service
    For Boosting Boating Infrastructure Grant Funding by $7.3 Million

    Nine Local Marina and Yacht Clubs Awarded Grants For Transient Boating Amenities

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., August 20, 2013 -- The federal agency that administers boating grant funds got a “high-five” today from the nation’s largest recreational boating organization, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS). That’s because the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) took an extraordinary action to make added money available to boating communities nationwide …

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  • The Boating Dog's Days of Summer

    The Boating Dog's Days of Summer

    BoatUS: Tips on Boating with Dogs

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 29, 2013 – Some dogs were born for the water, others less so. The key to boating with dogs, says Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), is taking it slow and making safety #1. Here are eight tips to get you started: Before you go: • Get a good fitting life jacket and have the dog wear it a few times around the home before they get on a boat. Any …

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  • BoatUS Sponsors Inter-Lake Yachting Association regattas

    BoatUS Sponsors Inter-Lake Yachting Association regattas

    PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio, July 19, 2013 – After a successful first year partnership, Boat Owners Association of The United States, (BoatUS), returns as a second year sponsor of the Inter-Lake Yachting Association’s (I-LYA) annual regattas on Lake Erie, including the Junior Bay Week (July 21-26), as well as the Sail Regatta (August 2-4) and Power Regatta (August 7-11).   The I-LYA represents …

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  • Boaters: Need Help Fighting Hurricanes?

    Boaters: Need Help Fighting Hurricanes?
    BoatUS Adds Online Hurricane Seminars to Arsenal

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 9, 2013 -- With the NOAA Climate Prediction Center forecasting an “active or extremely active season this year,” recreational boaters will have to make storm preparations for a likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms. It’s also important to remember that tropical storm and hurricane damage isn’t limited to the coastline. However, if the battle in preventing …

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  • Nine Ways Boaters Can Save This Summer

    Nine Ways Boaters Can Save This Summer

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 8, 2013 – Like many Americans, boat owners have to watch their budget. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has nine tips on ways boaters can save this summer. What’s the catch? Some require BoatUS or BoatUS Angler membership, which cost just $24 annually and includes $50 of free on the water or on the road towing, 24-hour dispatch, and access to …

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  • USA Water Ski and BoatUS Team Up for Partnership

    USA Water Ski and BoatUS Team Up for Partnership

    BoatUS Is "The Official Boat Insurance Provider of USA Water Ski""

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 25, 2013 – USA Water Ski, the national governing body of organized water skiing and wakeboarding in the United States, and Boat Owners Association of The United States, the nation’s largest recreational boating advocacy and services organization, have teamed up for a partnership that names BoatUS’ boat insurance program as “The Official Boat Insurance …

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  • Go Slow, Expect Delays, Says Boat Owners Group on

    Go Slow, Expect Delays, Says Boat Owners Group on
    Expected Heavy Boating Traffic for July 4th Holiday Week

    BoatUS: Traditional Peak of the Recreational Boating Season

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 24, 2013 – Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) says this July 4th holiday week will be a doozie for America’s recreational boaters. While boaters will have the best views for waterfront fireworks shows, “From June 29 to July 7, America will have more boats on the water than at any other time during the entire summer boating season,” said …

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  • BoatUS Sea Scout National Flagship Award Goes to

    BoatUS Sea Scout National Flagship Award Goes to
    San Leandro, CA, Sea Scout Ship 700, Makai

    ALAMEDA, Calif. May 29, 2013 – Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) awarded its 11th National Sea Scout Flagship Award over Memorial Day Weekend and, once again, the honor for the top-performing unit in the nation went to the West Coast, recognizing Ship 700, Makai, ofSan Leandro, California. The Sea Scouts and their adult leader, Robert Karn, the skipper of Ship 700, accepted …

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  • US Power Squadrons Takes Its Advance Level Courses Online With

    US Power Squadrons Takes Its Advance Level Courses Online With
    BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety Partnership

    Partner in Command Now Available

    ANNAPOLIS, Md., May 29, 2013 – Two leading boating education organizations with a history of making boating education easy and affordable, have teamed up to offer a fully interactive online seminar for those First Mates who may find themselves needing to take command of the family boat. Partner in Command, from the US Power Squadrons (USPS), in partnership with the BoatUS Foundation for Boating …

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  • BoatUS Magazine Names "Ten Great Boating Towns" for Retirement

    BoatUS Magazine Names "Ten Great Boating Towns" for Retirement

    Planning Tips Included

      ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 23, 2013 – Do you dream of moving to a boating paradise once you’re free of the daily grind? The magazine from the nation’s largest recreational boat owners group, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), can help you decide which one. In the just-released June/July issue of BoatUS Magazine, the editors pick 10 of the most boat-friendly …

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  • Tom and Mel Neale's East Coast Alerts Keep Boaters Out of Trouble

    Tom and Mel Neale's East Coast Alerts Keep Boaters Out of Trouble

    Complimentary Sign Up

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 1, 2013 – On the Atlantic Coast, a long, steady line of cruising boats has begun its way north to summer cruising grounds. In addition, hundreds of local marinas, boat clubs and launch ramps are starting to become hives of local boating activity. But what greets boaters out on the water, at the inlet, bay or river may be a surprise. Winter storms and hurricanes have deposited …

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  • Suffolk County Boaters Have Fact Sheet Available on New Boating Safety Law

    Suffolk County Boaters Have Fact Sheet Available on New Boating Safety Law

    New Boating Education Requirements Take Effect November 6

    RIVERHEAD, NY, April 24, 2013 – Suffolk County boaters have new boating safety education requirements affecting all county residents 18 and older who operate motorized vessels. Starting November 6, 2013, county residents must take an approved boating safety course, pass an exam, and carry a boating safety certificate while boating on county waters. These requirements are in addition to existing …

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  • Why Memorial Day Weekend Could Spell Trouble for Some Boaters

    Why Memorial Day Weekend Could Spell Trouble for Some Boaters

    Only BoatUS Has Help Both On and Off the Water

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. April 22, 2013 -- For many of the nation’s 80 million recreational boaters, the upcoming Memorial Day weekend marks the start of the summer boating season. Like a football game “kick-off,” boaters will work to a frenzy to get their boats in the water by the May 27th goal line. But what is different this time of year, reports Boat Owners Association of The United States …

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  • Media Alert: "Opening Day on the Bay" Sunday April 28

    Marks the Official Start of San Francisco's 2013 Boating Season

    WHEN: Sunday April 28, 2013, from 12:00 noon until 3:00 p.m. WHAT: The 96th Annual “Opening Day on the Bay” decorated boat parade, hosted by the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association (PICYA), representing over 100 yacht clubs in Northern California, celebrates the official beginning of the 2013 boating season on San Francisco Bay. This year’s theme is “The Great Race” …

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  • Tom Murray of Virginia Institute of Marine Science Honored with BoatUS Access Award

    Tom Murray of Virginia Institute of Marine Science Honored with BoatUS Access Award

    Economist is Longtime Advocate of Working Waterfronts

    TACOMA, Wash., March 27, 2013 – Dr. Thomas J. Murray, an economist with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), was honored with a BoatUS Recreational Boating Access Award in recognition of his commitment to keeping the nation’s waterfronts at work for recreational boating and championing water-dependent businesses and industry that drives local economic development.   Murray …

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  • Great Lakes Take Center Stage in Special Issue of BoatUS Magazine

    Great Lakes Take Center Stage in Special Issue of BoatUS Magazine

      ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 26, 2013 – This month’s special issue of the award-winning national boating publication, BoatUS Magazine, celebrates the Great Lakes, and all this spectacular region has to offer boaters – both those who live there, and those who plan to visit. “The Great Lakes is renowned as one of the most spectacular …

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  • Media Alert: National Park Service Considering Changes to Boating in Everglades National Park

    Anglers Need to Speak Up

    WHAT: The National Park Service (NPS) is considering changes to how boating in the back country of the Everglades National Park is managed, including significantly expanding Pole/Troll zones where only electric trolling motors and push poles would be permitted for use. Also under consideration are special boater education permit requirements beyond what is required by the state …

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  • Calling All Waterfront Communities: Do You Want Visiting Boaters to Stop and Spend Money?

    Calling All Waterfront Communities: Do You Want Visiting Boaters to Stop and Spend Money?
    Federal Boating Infrastructure Grant Program Pays for Transient Boater Facilities

    $6 Million Surplus Available: Could Help Rebuilding Post-Sandy?

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 15, 2013 – The Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program, which funnels federal fuel taxes paid by recreational boaters back to the states to attract visiting boaters with amenities such as secure overnight dockage, has a $6 million dollar surplus this year. First championed through Congress by Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) in 1998, the US Fish …

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  • MEDIA ALERT from BOATUS: North Carolina General Assembly Considering Legislation
    That Would Significantly Increase Registration Fees on Recreational Boats

    Proposed Fee for 20-Foot Boat Would Increase 275% for 3-Year Registration

    WHAT: The North Carolina General Assembly is considering legislation that would significantly increase registration fees on recreational boats to raise revenue for coastal dredging projects. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is dedicated to preserving access to waterways but S.B. 58 places an unfair financial burden on recreational boaters while ignoring the responsibility of …

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  • Open for Business: Cruising Guide Seeks Superstorm Sandy Region Marina Updates

    Open for Business: Cruising Guide Seeks Superstorm Sandy Region Marina Updates

    Waterway Guide, AMI, BoatUS Team Up to Offer Boaters the Latest Information on NJ, NY Waterways

      ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 5, 2013 – Superstorm Sandy dealt a devastating blow to marine facilities, navigation aids and channels along the New Jersey and New York coastlines. The storm also choked northern New Jersey’s Intracoastal Waterway and other channels with sunken boats, sand, silt and debris from buildings and piers. How will boaters know what services are available or where …

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  • Kids' Life Jacket Loaner Sites Needed - Apply Today

    Kids' Life Jacket Loaner Sites Needed - Apply Today

    Deadline to Apply is March 31

    ANNAPOLIS, Md., March 1, 2013 -- The sad truth about boating and kids is that children don’t always wear a correctly sized life jacket, and some kids even go without simply because of poor planning. But it doesn’t have to be this way. With a life jacket loaner site in your area, boating parents can borrow a properly fitting life jacket for the day or weekend at no cost. If you operate …

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  • BoatUS Magazine Earns Eight Boating Writers International Honors

    BoatUS Magazine Earns Eight Boating Writers International Honors

    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. February 20, 2013 – At the recent annual meeting of Boating Writers International (BWI) at the 2013 Miami International Boat Show, eight BoatUS Magazine features were honored for excellence in journalism in the 20th Annual BWI Writing Contest. Judged by active members of the boating media, this year’s contest attracted 370 entries in categories ranging from fishing to …

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  • How to Keep Working Waterfronts at Work
    National Symposium March 25-28

    Preserving and Growing Working Waterfronts

    TACOMA, Wash., February 15, 2013 – Waterfronts are getting squeezed. Traditional activities once considered vital to coastal communities – boat building, fishing, recreational boating and other water-dependent businesses – must now compete for limited space on the shoreline. Residential development, zoning changes, shifting populations and energy production are just some of the pressures …

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  • US Power Squadrons and BoatUS Bestow Civic Service Awards at Annual Meeting

    US Power Squadrons and BoatUS Bestow Civic Service Awards at Annual Meeting

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., January 30, 2013 -- At the US Power Squadrons (USPS) Annual Meeting held recently in Jacksonville, Florida, five Squadrons from across the country and one District were honored with Civic Service Awards. Sponsored by Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the awards are given annually to the USPS District and Squadrons in recognition of exceptional service and public …

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  • Boat Owners Association of The United States Applauds
    National Park Service for Keeping Staten Island Marina Open

    After Damage by Sandy and Closure Decree, Agency Reverses Course

    STATEN ISLAND, NY, January 23, 2013 – In a stunning reversal of a decision made shortly after Hurricane Sandy devastated Nichols Great Kills Park Marina on New York’s Staten Island, the National Park Service has agreed to extend the marina operator’s permit for three years, the maximum allowable under the law. The 350-slip marina, located on the grounds of the Gateway National Recreation …

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  • BoatUS Consumer Affairs Director Caroline Ajootian Sets Sail; Charles Fort Appointed

    BoatUS Consumer Affairs Director Caroline Ajootian Sets Sail; Charles Fort Appointed

      ALEXANDRIA, Va., January 9, 2013 – After 26 years of fighting for boaters’ consumer rights, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) Consumer Affairs Department Director Caroline Ajootian has announced her retirement. Seaworthy Magazine Editor Charles Fort takes the helm of the BoatUS Consumer Protection Bureau, which is the only consumer advocacy program dedicated …

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  • BoatUS Seaworthy Editor and Technical Director Bob Adriance Sets Sail

    BoatUS Seaworthy Editor and Technical Director Bob Adriance Sets Sail
    After 35 Years of Helping Boaters Prevent Damage, Injuries

      ALEXANDRIA, Va., January 2, 2013 -- When he started working at BoatUS in 1977 as an eager warehouse worker, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) Technical Director Editor Bob Adriance never fathomed the impact he would have on the thousands of recreational boaters he has helped over the years.   Adriance found his niche with growing and improving the boating industry’s …

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  • Two Affordable Holiday Gifts for Boaters

    Two Affordable Holiday Gifts for Boaters

      ALEXANDRIA, Va., November 28, 2012 – While a prepaid gas card may be a great holiday gift for a boater in the family, it’s also pricey, won’t last long, and may not be very practical for every kind of boat owner. Here are a couple affordable gift-giving options from Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS):   $24.00 BoatUS gift membership: BoatUS annual …

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  • Just Three Weeks After Sandy Struck, BoatUS Claims Team Clearing The Way

    Just Three Weeks After Sandy Struck, BoatUS Claims Team Clearing The Way

    Hurricane Catastrophe Team Faces Their Biggest Challenge

    ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ, November 19, 2012 – Atlantic Highlands is a small Victorian town on the New Jersey shore overlooking lower New York Bay, where at night, the twinkling lights of the Manhattan skyline can be seen in the distance. It’s also one of dozens of New Jersey shore towns that felt the brunt of Hurricane Sandy, which pushed a record 13-foot-plus high wall of storm surge through …

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  • VIDEO: Hurricane Sandy Damages Over 65,000 Recreational Boats

    VIDEO: Hurricane Sandy Damages Over 65,000 Recreational Boats

    Over $650 Million in Estimated Losses to Boats

    STATEN ISLAND, NY, November 14, 2012 — The nation’s largest group of boaters, Boat Owner’s Association of The United States (BoatUS), estimates that over 65,000 recreational boats were damaged or lost as a result of Hurricane Sandy. BoatUS also estimates that dollar damage to all recreational boats (only) is $650 million, making the late October storm the single-largest industry …

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  • Boaters After Sandy: Tips on Getting Salvage and Repairs Done Right

    Boaters After Sandy: Tips on Getting Salvage and Repairs Done Right

    "This isn't the time to hire someone cruising the beach in a tow truck"

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., November 2, 2012 – For many recreational boaters, getting the right salvage and repair help for a damaged boat after a hurricane is difficult. Some insurance programs like BoatUS will arrange and pay to have their insured’s boats salvaged and other insurers will at least provide some assistance, but those without insurance don’t have anyone to lean on. For those …

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  • BoatUS Urges Kansas Boat Owners

    BoatUS Urges Kansas Boat Owners
    to Vote "Yes" on Boat Property Tax Amendment

    TOPEKA, Kan. November 1, 2012 – It’s hard to be boat owner in Kansas. With a high personal property tax on registered vessels, many boaters risk breaking the law to keep their boats in neighboring states. However, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is urging sunflower state boat owners to head to the polls on November 6 and vote“yes”on the Boat Property Tax …

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  • Boat Owners: What to Do After Sandy

    Boat Owners: What to Do After Sandy

    Taking Care of the Boat After the Storm

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., October 31, 2012 – It’s barely a day since she struck the New Jersey coast with all her fury, and early reports indicate that Hurricane Sandy has caused significant damage to marinas, boat yards, boat clubs and boating infrastructure. The Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) Catastrophe Response Team, which handles the recovery operations for BoatUS marine …

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  • Hurricane Sandy Heads North: The Perfect Storm for the Northeast?

    Hurricane Sandy Heads North: The Perfect Storm for the Northeast?

    BoatUS Urges Boaters to Prepare

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. October 25, 2012 -- She’s just a day old – and even though no hurricane watches or warnings have yet been posted for the eastern US – Hurricane Sandy is getting some big time attention from forecasters because of unique circumstances that could make her more threatening. Some the forecast models predict Sandy will move into the Northeast next …

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  • Allegheny River Lock Closure Meeting: Location Changed

    To be Held Wed., Oct 24 at 7:00 p.m. in Kittanning, Not Ford City

    (LATE BREAKING NEWS) KITTANNING, PA, Oct. 23, 2012 -- The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is planning to close two locks on the Allegheny River to recreational boats by the end of the year. Under their plan, Locks 6 (Freeport) and 7 (Kittanning) upstream from Pittsburgh will operate only by appointment for commercial vessels with no accommodations at all for recreational boats. The Corps has stated …

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  • Putting a Boat Away for the Winter? What You Need to Know About E-10 Gas

    Putting a Boat Away for the Winter? What You Need to Know About E-10 Gas

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., October 23, 2012 – Nearly full tank or nearly empty tank? That is the big question facing boaters now in the midst of preparing their boats for the long winter hibernation. The concern is ethanol – an octane enhancing gasoline additive that has some unfortunate, harmful side effects on marine engines. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has some tips …

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  • BoatUS Offers Updated Florida Anchoring Information Tip Sheet

    BoatUS Offers Updated Florida Anchoring Information Tip Sheet

    Great to Carry Aboard

    TALLAHASSEE, FL, October 22, 2012– Since it was first made available at no cost two years ago, some boaters have called it one of the most helpful documents to have aboard when anchoring in waters across the Sunshine State. Others are saying it’s a great educational tool when they are confused about local and state anchoring regulations. Now, Boat Owners Association of The United States …

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  • Boaters Overstaying Their Welcome Could Find Themselves in Hot Water with the Tax Man

    Boaters Overstaying Their Welcome Could Find Themselves in Hot Water with the Tax Man

    States Go After Visiting Cruisers

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., September 11, 2012 – Staying too long in one place can ruin a good thing. At least that’s the case with boaters making lengthy journeys, who are finding themselves targets of cash-hungry states when they stay too long and are subject to various taxes. But how can boaters prevent overstaying their welcome? Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS)has online …

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  • Warm State or Cold State?

    Warm State or Cold State?
    Why Boats Wintered in Either Need "Freeze Coverage" Insurance

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. September 10, 2012 – Boats stored for the winter in regions with consistent below-freezing temperatures in heated storage facilities have it best, except when winter storms bring power outages and the heat goes off. Suddenly, the boat’s motor, which is often not winterized or prepared for freezing temperatures, becomes a liability as water in the engine block freezes, destroying …

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  • Chris Landers, Features Writer and Tall Ship Sailor

    Chris Landers, Features Writer and Tall Ship Sailor
    Appointed Associate Editor BoatUS Publications

      ALEXANDRIA, Va., September 6, 2012 -- Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has announced that Chris Landers has been named Associate Editor for BoatUS Publications. Landers, an award-winning feature writer who has written for national publications, will be tasked to develop stories on a wide range of boating topics, assist the editorial team with filing department news items, …

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  • BoatUS "Best Flotilla" Award Goes to Small US Coast Guard Auxiliary Unit in the Hot Desert

    BoatUS "Best Flotilla" Award Goes to Small US Coast Guard Auxiliary Unit in the Hot Desert

    Flotilla 9-7 of District 11SR Takes "Best Flotilla in the Nation" Honors

    LAKE MOHAVE, NV, September 5, 2012 – On a remote lake in the hot Nevada-Arizona desert, being bigger isn’t necessarily better. One of the smallest US Coast Guard Auxiliary organizations, Flotilla 9-7 of District 11SR, was honored by Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) with the prestigious “Best Flotilla in the Nation” Award for 2011 at the Auxiliary’s …

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  • Annual Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Conference to be Held Nov 13-14

    Annual Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Conference to be Held Nov 13-14

    "Keep America's Promise: Restore the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway."

    CHARLESTON, SC, August 29, 2012 – Every fall, thousands of snowbirds – of the recreational boating kind – migrate south by boat via the Intracoastal Waterway that threads along the coast from Norfolk, Virginia to Miami. With severe shoaling in many areas, following the course isn’t easy, with groundings and delays getting more common each year. At just about the same time this …

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  • West Marine Donates Youth LIfe Jackets

    West Marine Donates Youth LIfe Jackets
    While BoatUS Foundation Helps by Finding Good "Homes"

    WATSONVILLE, Calif., August 27, 2012 – West Marine, the nation’s largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories has teamed up with the non-profit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water to give away over 2500 life jackets. West Marine donated the easy-to-wear, type-III vest-style life jackets while the BoatUS Foundation found good “homes” for …

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  • Republicans Aren't the Only Ones with Their Eyes on Tropical Storm Isaac

    Republicans Aren't the Only Ones with Their Eyes on Tropical Storm Isaac

    Boaters: Easy-to-Follow Hurricane Tracking and Tips at BoatUS.com/hurricanes

    TAMPA, Fl., August 23, 2012 – Republicans, soon to gather in Tampa for their National Convention, aren’t the only ones keeping a close track on Tropical Storm Isaac, which is expected to strike the Florida coast early Monday. Recreational boaters of every political stripe are urged to make storm preparations for their boat, says Boat Owners Association of The United …

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  • Largest Online Archive of Boating Repair, Maintenance "How-to" Available from BoatUS

    Largest Online Archive of Boating Repair, Maintenance "How-to" Available from BoatUS

    Extensive "BoatTECH" Resource

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., August 7, 2012 – Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), has relaunched its extensive online “BoatTECH” resource at BoatUS.com/BoatTech, making it the largest, no-cost online archive in the country with hundreds of articles on boating technical, repair, maintenance, and other how-to resources for boaters, anglers, and sailors. BoatTECH articles …

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  • Promote Your Like Jacket Loaner Site Through

    Promote Your Like Jacket Loaner Site Through
    BoatUS Foundation's Interactive Map

    Making it Easier to Find a Right-Sized Life Jacket

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. August 2, 2012 — Finding a life jacket loaner location will soon be even easier. The BoatUS Foundation is providing any organization with an established life jacket loaner program the chance to promote their loaner site on the Foundation’s interactive Life Jacket Loaner Program map. The Foundation’s map, viewed by thousands of boaters every day, is the only nationwide …

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  • Gas Prices Change Course; Boaters Look to Save

    Gas Prices Change Course; Boaters Look to Save

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 31, 2012 – Gasoline and diesel fuel prices are changing course, and that’s leading boaters on a new heading to find savings in the family boating budget. “While there was some relief earlier this summer, prices are starting to inch back up again,” said Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) Spokesman Scott Croft. “We’re starting …

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  • BoatUS Sponsors Inter-Lake Yachting Association Regattas

    BoatUS Sponsors Inter-Lake Yachting Association Regattas

    PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio, July 24, 2012 – Boat Owners Association of The United States has signed up as a sponsor of the Inter-Lake Yachting Association’s (I-LYA) annual regattas, including the Junior Bay Week (July 15-19), as well as the Power Regatta (July 20-24) and Sail Regatta (August 3-5). The I-LYA represents both American and Canadian boaters on Lake Erie as well as inland lake boaters …

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  • Boaters Need Hurricane Haul-Out Coverage

    Boaters Need Hurricane Haul-Out Coverage

    "OK, Let's Haul Out All of the BoatUS Insureds Now!"

     ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 10, 2012 -- As the first significant storm of the year, Debby, fades to memory, boaters have been put on notice that hurricane season has arrived. When the next hurricane approaches, hauling a boat to dry land offers the most protection from damage. However, that comes with a cost making the decision potentially expensive. That’s why having “Hurricane Haul-Out” …

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  • BoatUS Towboat Fleet Reaches Milestone: Over 300 Locations

    BoatUS Towboat Fleet Reaches Milestone: Over 300 Locations

    Significant Inland Growth; Requests for Assistance up 10%+ in 25 States

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 25, 2012 – The BoatUS Towing Services on-the-water towboat fleet has reached a milestone: there are now over 300 TowBoatUS and Vessel Assist locations across North America, making it the largest recreational boat towing operation in the world. “We’ve added 14 new locations this year alone, all ready to respond 24 hours a day,” said BoatUS Vice President …

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  • BoatUS Insurance Offers The Right Choices for Pontoon, PWC Owners

    BoatUS Insurance Offers The Right Choices for Pontoon, PWC Owners

    New Lower Rates in Effect

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 19, 2012 – It’s smart to look for an affordable insurance policy for your pontoon or personal watercraft, but buying on price alone could be a costly mistake. Why? Because unlike standard home or auto insurance programs, boat insurers can exclude any coverages they wish, making it harder to know if you have the right coverage. However, BoatUS’ competitively-priced …

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  • BoatUS Goes to the Dogs

    BoatUS Goes to the Dogs

    New Pet Injury Insurance Coverage and Other Doggie Stuff

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 7, 2012 — The nation’s largest recreational boat owners group, BoatUS, has gone to the dogs. The association has recently launched several programs for dog and pet owners, including new pet insurance coverage through the BoatUS Marine Insurance Program. Effective June 1, the program automatically includes $1,000 of coverage for injuries as the result of an on-the-water …

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  • Boaters, Anglers: Gear Up for Summer Boating Season With BoatUS Towing App

    Boaters, Anglers: Gear Up for Summer Boating Season With BoatUS Towing App

    Easily Get On-the-Water Assistance From the Largest Towing Fleet in the World

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 5, 2012 — The summer boating season is heating up, but are you ready to handle a boat engine breakdown, grounding or dead battery far from the launch ramp or marina? Just in case, download the free BoatUS Towing App to your smart phone now at BoatUS.com/towing/app. If you do have a problem on the water, you’ll be able to summon assistance from the largest on-the-water …

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  • Elaine Dickinson Honored with Leadership in Women's Sailing Award

    Elaine Dickinson Honored with Leadership in Women's Sailing Award

    Spreading the Word to Women: Try Sailing and Keep It Up

    MARBLEHEAD, Mass., June 4, 2012 — Many of those who sail value the freedoms and enjoyment it brings to their lifestyle. Elaine Dickinson, of Davidsonville, MD, can’t spread the word fast enough to women and girls who may not have had the opportunity to try it. A life-long sailor, Dickinson was honored Saturday with the National Women’s Sailing Association/BoatUS 2012 Leadership in …

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  • The Latest Trend in Boat Hurricane Preparation: Tie Her Down

    The Latest Trend in Boat Hurricane Preparation: Tie Her Down

    BoatUS Finds Less Damage To Boats Stored, Tied Down Ashore

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 31, 2012 – With Hurricane season officially beginning June 1, forecasters are predicting a ”near normal” year of storm activity, which means there’s a good chance that tropical storms will strike the US coastline. However, BoatUS has found a new tactic for preparing for incoming storms — using tie downs with boats stored ashore — that has …

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  • BoatUS Gives Thanks to Boaters Who Spoke Up: "Save My GPS"

    BoatUS Gives Thanks to Boaters Who Spoke Up: "Save My GPS"

    LightSquared Files for Bankruptcy

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 30, 2012 – Nearly a year ago, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) began asking recreational boaters, anglers and the marine industry to speak out about the potential loss of reliable GPS – the country’s sole electronic navigation system. A private venture, LightSquared, backed by billions of dollars in funding, had plans to build a nationwide …

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  • New Boater-Assistance Service Opens on Lake Superior

    New Boater-Assistance Service Opens on Lake Superior

    Black Warrior Marine in Bayfield, Wisconsin, Joins the BoatUS Fleet

    BAYFIELD, Wis., May 14, 2012 — Capt. Tucker Culberson, who has been boating on Lake Superior since he was a young boy, has turned his passion for Northern Wisconsin waters into a career. Culberson earned his USCG captain’s license when he was still in high school and has been working on boats ever since. Now he has launched his own business, an on-the-water towing service that will be …

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  • New Operator Takes the Helm at TowBoatUS Steinhatchee, Florida

    New Operator Takes the Helm at TowBoatUS Steinhatchee, Florida

    STEINHATCHEE, Fla., May 10, 2012 — When Capt. Dave Ludwick, who ran boat-towing services in Newport, R.I., and Naples, Fla., for more than 20 years, heard that the operator of TowBoatUS Steinhatchee, Fla., was retiring last summer, he jumped at the chance to buy the towing port.   “My wife and I tried semi-retirement, and we didn’t like it,” said Ludwick, who is a young …

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  • Help Teens Get Out on the Water, Vote Today

    Help Teens Get Out on the Water, Vote Today

    22 Groups Vie For Low Cost Life Jackets; Your Vote Counts

    ANNAPOLIS, Md., May 1, 2012 – Would you help a teen discover the joy of boating? You can today by voting in the BoatUS Foundation’s Teen’s Afloat Program that helps keep teens safe by offering discounted vest-style life jackets – at just $5 – to non-profit organizations providing on-the-water educational programming for young adults. Twenty-two local non-profit groups, …

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  • Women Sailors Learn and Network at the Annual Women's Sailing Conference June 2

    Women Sailors Learn and Network at the Annual Women's Sailing Conference June 2

    11th Year at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, MA

    MARBLEHEAD, Mass., May 1, 2012 – This one is just for the ladies. On Saturday, June 2, the National Women’s Sailing Association (NWSA) will hold the 11th Annual Women’s Sailing Conference Saturday at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, Massachusetts. BoatUS is the event’s primary sponsor. The perennially sold-out event gives women a chance to learn or enhance their skills …

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  • Loggerhead Marinas Offer BoatUS Members Discounts on Gas, Slips

    Loggerhead Marinas Offer BoatUS Members Discounts on Gas, Slips

    13 of Florida's Best Marinas Give 10% Off Transient Slips; Nine Offer $.10 Per Gallon Gas Discount

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 30, 2012 – All 13 Loggerhead marinas, from Daytona to Miami, are now part of the BoatUS Cooperating Marina Program. That means boaters looking to save on fuel and dockage can join BoatUS and get a 10% member discount on overnight slip fees at all 13 marinas and enjoy a $.10 discount per gallon of gas at all locations with fuel. Loggerhead offers Florida's largest collection …

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  • "Opening Day on the Bay" Sunday April 29

    "Opening Day on the Bay" Sunday April 29

    Marks the Official Start of San Francisco's 2012 Boating Season

    WHEN: Sunday April 29, 2012, from 12:00 noon until 3:00 p.m. WHAT: The 95th Annual “Opening Day on the Bay” decorated boat parade, hosted by the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association (PICYA), representing over 100 yacht clubs in Northern California celebrates the official beginning of the 2012 boating season on San Francisco Bay. This year’s theme is “American Spirit,” …

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  • New Boater-Assistance Company Opens on Grand Lake, OK

    New Boater-Assistance Company Opens on Grand Lake, OK

    Grand Lake Towing Joins the BoatUS Fleet

     GRAND LAKE, Okla., April 17, 2012 – Capt. Wade Silzer and Capt. Tom Benton, two lifelong boaters, friends and well-known marine professionals on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake, have started a new service that will be a boon to boaters who need a jumpstart, run out of fuel, have a mechanical breakdown or run aground. Their new company, Grand Lake Towing, has joined the BoatUS on-the-water-assistance …

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  • Boat Towing Business Reopens in Coos Bay, Oregon

    Boat Towing Business Reopens in Coos Bay, Oregon

      COOS BAY, Ore., April 11, 2012 — Captain Thomas Kramer got bit hard by the boating bug when he was still a boy in Colorado. As soon as he was old enough he moved to California and began working in a boatyard – for free. “I wanted the experience. I wanted to know how to fix a boat in case it broke down when I was out there,” he said. That was 50 years ago. Today, …

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  • BoatUS Foundation President Chris Edmonston Accepts Appointments

    BoatUS Foundation President Chris Edmonston Accepts Appointments

    Ensuring That the Boater's Voice is Heard

    ANNAPOLIS, Md., April 9, 2012 — BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water President Chris Edmonston was recently appointed to several prestigious boating and fishing organizations. Formerly a member-at-large of the National Safe Boating Council, Edmonston has accepted the position of Vice Chair. The Maryland native also received an appointment to the National Association of State …

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  • Boaters on Alabama's Lake Martin Have

    Boaters on Alabama's Lake Martin Have
    New On-the-Water Towing Service to Call

    LAKE MARTIN, Ala. April 5, 2012 — Capt. Jackson Dozier grew up boating on Lake Martin. “When my friends would go to the beach,” he said, “I’d go fishing on Lake Martin.” Now Dozier, a former dive instructor who earned his US Coast Guard captain’s license 10 years ago, has turned his love and knowledge of the lake into a career. He and his wife, Nicki, are …

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  • New Towing Service Ready to Help Boaters in East Tennessee Lakes

    New Towing Service Ready to Help Boaters in East Tennessee Lakes
    TowBoatUS Fort Loudon/Tellico Lake Opens

     FORT LOUDON/TELLICO LAKE, Tenn., April 3, 2012 — Capt. Jeff Walters has spent most of his life boating and fishing in the lakes of the Tennessee River system. “Boating has always been my pleasure activity,” the 69-year-old mechanical engineer said, “so when I retired from industry, I decided to make boating my second career.”   Walters, a US Coast Guard-licensed …

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  • TowBoatUS Boynton Beach, FL, Gets New Owner

    TowBoatUS Boynton Beach, FL, Gets New Owner

    BOYNTON BEACH, Fla., March 29, 2012 -- As the longtime operator of two busy TowBoatUS locations - Jupiter and Palm Beach Florida - Captain Chris Shaffner has been assisting boaters along Florida’s Gold Coast for more than 10 years. This year he has expanded his business southward by taking command of TowBoatUS Boynton Beach.   Shaffner will now have towboats situated near three busy inlets …

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  • Boat Association: 10 Tips to Get Repairs Done Right

    Boat Association: 10 Tips to Get Repairs Done Right

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 14, 2012 -- Many boaters and anglers work on their own boats, but there are times when professional help may be needed. With 30 years of experience dealing with marine service industry, the BoatUS Consumer Protection Bureau knows that most marine professionals do the job right. Every year, however, a handful of boat owners wind up coming to the Bureau’s Dispute Mediation …

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  • Ouch! BoatUS Names "Best" Springtime Goof-Ups

    Ouch! BoatUS Names "Best" Springtime Goof-Ups

    Preventing Injuries Around the Boat Yard

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 12, 2012 – Let’s admit it. We’ve all made mistakes. And when it comes to boating goof-ups that can cause a little pain, the folks at BoatUS Marine Insurance have seen them all, handling hundreds of claims each year. So here’s a look inside the claims files for some of the more preventable mistakes that cause injuries around the boat yard every springtime, …

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  • Tax Tip: Boat Owners May Have Federal Tax Deductions Available

    Tax Tip: Boat Owners May Have Federal Tax Deductions Available

      ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 6, 2012 – Recreational boat owners who paid state sales taxes on a boat purchase, or those who secured a loan to finance a boat, may have some tax deductions coming to them when filing their 2011 federal income tax return. The tax tip comes from the nation’s largest boater’s advocacy group, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS).   The …

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  • Boat Association: Marine Fuel Costs On the Rise - Five Wintertime Tasks To Save

    Boat Association: Marine Fuel Costs On the Rise - Five Wintertime Tasks To Save

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 5, 2012 – With fuel costs on the rise, the nation’s largest boat owners’ group has five fuel saving tasks that can put a dent in your summer fuel bills. All of these tips from Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) are time tested to reduce fuel consumption, and boaters can accomplish most of them now while their boats are in winter layup - before …

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  • BoatUS: Navigation System Concerns Still an Issue with Latest Move by LightSquared

    BoatUS: Navigation System Concerns Still an Issue with Latest Move by LightSquared

    FCC Extends Public Comment Period Through March 16

     ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 1, 2012 – Just a few days ago, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) cautioned that America’s boaters weren't out of the woods just yet with the possibility of the country’s sole electronic navigation system failing as the result of radio signal interference issues from a newly proposed cellular broadband network. Yesterday, the FCC green-lighted …

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  • BoatUS: We Aren't Out of the Woods Yet On Navigation System Concerns

    BoatUS: We Aren't Out of the Woods Yet On Navigation System Concerns

    Public Comments to FCC Needed by March 1

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., February 24, 2012 – While boaters view the FCC’s move on February 14 to revoke approval of a new broadband telephone network shown to interfere with the country’s sole navigational system as positive news, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) says we aren’t out of the woods just yet. It is urging boat owners to continue to submit comments to …

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  • BoatUS Magazine Earns Four BWI Awards

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., February 21, 2012 – At the recent annual meeting of Boating Writers International (BWI) at the 2012 Miami International Boat Show, BoatUS Magazine was honored with four awards for excellence in writing in the 19th Annual BWI Writing Contest. Four features from the nation’s largest boating publication were selected from 301 entries in 16 contest categories.   The …

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  • FCC Course Change Promising for Boaters

    Agency Acknowledges GPS Interference Issues with LightSquared Plan

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., February 15, 2012 – Recreational boaters who rely on global positioning devices to keep them safely on course can breathe a sigh of relief since the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced plans on Tuesday, February 14 to revoke conditional approval of a proposed cellular telephone network that could interfere with GPS signals. The decision came after the U.S. Commerce …

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  • BoatUS: 22nd Annual List of Top Ten Boat Names

    BoatUS: 22nd Annual List of Top Ten Boat Names

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., February 14, 2012 – Making the decision to buy a boat comes easy for some people. Picking out a name for the boat, however, can prove to be much harder, according to Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS).  “A boat name reflects the life and loves of the owner,” says Occoless Trotter of the BoatUS Boat Graphics department in Alexandria, Virginia, …

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  • BoatUS New Sponsor of Vessel Safety Check Program

    BoatUS New Sponsor of Vessel Safety Check Program

     ALEXANDRIA, Va., February 8, 2012 – The US Coast Guard and US Power Squadrons expect to complete over 200,000 voluntary Vessel Safety Checks this year. The no-cost, no-risk courtesy inspections, done at boat ramps, marinas and boat clubs, have ensured the safety of thousands of lives. Now, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has stepped in to sponsor this important …

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  • BoatUS Asks: If Not Ethanol, Why Not Butanol?

    BoatUS Asks: If Not Ethanol, Why Not Butanol?

      ALEXANDRIA, Va., February 6, 2012 -- With its ability to attract moisture and clog fuel filters, it’s no wonder America’s boaters have not been thrilled with ethanol in gasoline, which today is most commonly found as a 10% blend and known as E10 at the gas pump. America’s desire for renewable fuels is growing, but recent Department of Energy tests on boat engines showed that …

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  • BoatUS by the Numbers

    BoatUS by the Numbers

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., February 1, 2012 – Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is an association of like-minded boaters, sailors and anglers defined by a sampling of numbers. From how many members it has (over half a million) and the number of towboats across the nation (600), to the number of fishing tournaments sanctioned by the BoatUS Angler “Weigh-to-Win” cash bonus …

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  • BoatUS Marine Insurance Official Sponsor of INT League

    BoatUS Marine Insurance Official Sponsor of INT League

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., January 31, 2012 – After launching its “Watersports Insurance Package” last year, BoatUS Marine Insurance has cemented a partnership with the INT League, also known as the “Little League of Watersports.” BoatUS has been named the official boat insurance sponsor of the INT League, which promotes family-oriented amateur waterskiing, wakeboarding, wake surf, …

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  • Anchoring Restrictions on the Agenda at

    Anchoring Restrictions on the Agenda at
    City of St. Petersburg Meeting January 24

    Local Boaters, Cruisers, Tourism Industry Urged to Attend

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. January 20, 2012 –- On Tuesday, January 24, the City of St. Petersburg is hosting a meeting to discuss proposed anchoring restrictions for city waters. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is urging boaters, cruisers and those who benefit from the economic impact of boater spending to attend this meeting to have their concerns heard.   The January …

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  • TowBoatUS Cape Coral Earns "Tower Of The Year" Award

    TowBoatUS Cape Coral Earns "Tower Of The Year" Award

    CAPE CORAL, Fla., January 19, 2012 -- An on-the-water towboat company that helps Southwest Florida boaters get home safely was singled out for its professionalism at the BoatUS Towing Services Annual Conference recently held in Tampa, FL. Tower of the Year honors went to TowBoatUS Cape Coral, which is owned and operated by Capt. Richard Paul and Capt. Jay McMillin. The company has locations in Cape …

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  • Bill in Congress Would Preserve Boating Access

    Bill in Congress Would Preserve Boating Access

    BoatUS Urges Congressional Support for H.R. 3109 "Keep America's Waterfront Working Act"

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., December 1, 2011 -- Working waterfronts, those parts of town at the water’s edge dotted with marine-dependent businesses like marinas, boatyards and haul-out facilities, are crucial to recreational boating. However, in some places they are struggling as municipalities grapple with development pressures and poor planning and that’s why Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine has …

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  • Boat Association Gathers Group of 14 Advisors for Annual Debate

    Boat Association Gathers Group of 14 Advisors for Annual Debate

    Fields, Flynn, Hardaker, Kerigan Appointed

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., November 22, 2011 – A panel of 14 distinguished national boating leaders that serve as a sounding board for Boat Owners Association of The United States (www.BoatUS.com) got a close up primer on how the national boat owners group works on local issues when the BoatUS National Advisory Council gathered for their annual meeting in St. Augustine, FL, recently. The historic city …

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  • Margaret Bonds Podlich Named President of Boat Owners Association of The United States

    Margaret Bonds Podlich Named President of Boat Owners Association of The United States

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., November 15, 2011- Former Vice President of Government Affairs Margaret Bonds Podlich has been named President of Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS). Her new role with the Association, which is celebrating its 45th year, broadens her responsibilities to include external communications encompassing Government Affairs and Public Relations as well as other association …

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  • Digging Deep Into Claims Files Helps Avoid Mistakes

    Digging Deep Into Claims Files Helps Avoid Mistakes

    Sign Up for BoatUS Damage Prevention Tips

     ALEXANDRIA, Va., November 7, 2011 –After insuring hundreds of thousands boats for over 45 years, you could say BoatUS Marine Insurance has learned a thing or two about what gets boaters, anglers, or sailors into trouble. Boats get damaged and people are injured in many ways. Here to shed light on these incidents, BoatUS Marine Insurance is offering a bimonthly email with “Damage …

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  • Boaters, Marine and Tourism Interests Urged to Attend
    City of Stuart/Martin County Draft Anchoring Ordinance Meeting Nov. 8

    STUART, Fla. November 3, 2011 – Next week on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 9:00am the Board of County Commissioners will hold a hearing at the Martin County Commission Chambers at 2401 S.E. Monterey Road in Stuart to discuss the regulation of vessel anchoring in City of Stuart and Martin County waters. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is urging area boaters, cruisers and sailors, as …

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  • City of St. Augustine Anchoring Ordinance Proposes Ten-Day Limit:
    Boaters Must Speak Out Now

    Comment Deadline: November 6

     ST AUGUSTINE, Fla. October 31, 2011 – As part of Florida’s recreational boat mooring and anchoring pilot program, the City of St. Augustine has submitted a proposed anchoring ordinance to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission that limits anchoring within city limits to ten consecutive days. If the ordinance is passed, once this time limit is reached a vessel would have to move …

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  • City of Sarasota Considers Anchoring Limit:

    City of Sarasota Considers Anchoring Limit:
    Boaters, Marine and Tourism Interests Urged to Attend Nov 3 Meeting

    Anchoring Restrictions and "Set Backs" on Agenda

    SARASOTA, Fla. October 27, 2011 – On November 3, the possibility of anchoring regulations for recreational boats will be discussed at a meeting hosted by city officials. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) says that the agenda will center on proposals to limit the number of days a boat can remain on anchor as well as to determine a “set back” limit on how many …

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  • BoatUS Reaches Out to Spanish Speakers

    BoatUS Reaches Out to Spanish Speakers

    Online Membership Info en Espanol

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., October 27, 2011 – In a move to reach out to Spanish speakers in the US, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) now offers online membership information in Spanish. The move comes on top of also having 24-hour on-the-water and roadside assistance dispatch as well as boat insurance help available to Spanish speakers. “We increasingly …

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  • Boaters, Marine and Tourism Interests Urged to Attend

    Boaters, Marine and Tourism Interests Urged to Attend
    City of St. Petersburg Meeting Oct. 19

    New Mooring Field and Possible Anchoring Restrictions on Agenda

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. October 13, 2011 – The possibility of anchoring regulations in St. Petersburg waters will be discussed by city officials on October 19. The city is seeking input from area boaters. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is urging boaters, cruisers and sailors, as well as those who benefit from visiting boater spending, to attend this meeting to have their …

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  • US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 7 of Pensacola, Florida

    US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 7 of Pensacola, Florida
    Honored With BoatUS "Best Flotilla in the Nation Award"

    CHARLOTTE, NC, October 13, 2011 – Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) presented US Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 1 Flotilla 7 in the 8th District, Coastal Region of Pensacola, Florida, with the prestigious “Best Flotilla in the Nation” Award for 2010 at the Auxiliary’s National Convention recently held in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Flotilla bested 1,000 …

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  • BoatUS Mourns the Passing of President Nancy Michelman

    BoatUS Mourns the Passing of President Nancy Michelman

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., October 10, 2011 – Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is deeply saddened to announce the passing of President and Publisher Nancy Michelman, who died on Friday after a year-long battle with cancer. A selfless leader with an infectious laugh and the gift of inspiring others to get together and do their best, Nancy’s courageous fight was marked by her …

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  • BoatUS' Lydecker Honored With SOBA Award

    BoatUS' Lydecker Honored With SOBA Award

    LA CROSSE, Wis., October 6, 2011 – BoatUS Assistant Vice President of Government Affairs Ryck Lydecker was honored with a States Organization for Boating Access (SOBA) Outstanding Service Award at the group’s annual conference held last week in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The award is presented to an individual or agency that has made either a one-time or continuing contribution to improved …

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  • Hurricane Irene: Value of "Hurricane Haul-Outs" Totals over $260 Million

    Hurricane Irene: Value of "Hurricane Haul-Outs" Totals over $260 Million

    BoatUS Insurance Policy Benefit Helps Prevent Boat and Untold Marina Damage

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., October 6, 2011 – As a hurricane approaches, having a boat hauled to dry land offers the most protection from damage. But hauling can come with a cost, making the decision potentially expensive. That’s why having “Hurricane Haul-out” coverage in your boat’s insurance policy, which helps defray the cost to remove a boat from the water, is so important. …

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  • BoatUS Foundation: Five Fall Boating Safety Tips

    BoatUS Foundation: Five Fall Boating Safety Tips

    What You Need to Know With the Changing of the Season

      ANNAPOLIS, Md., September 28, 2011 – As the days slide farther into fall, recreational boaters face a unique set of safety issues. Warm days collide with deceptively cold waters, greatly increasing the risk of hypothermia even on a “T-shirt” day. Weather can change quickly. And, if you run into trouble, the summer crowds have gone (cue the chirping crickets) leaving few potential …

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  • BoatUS Honored with Golden Glow Award at AGLOW Annual Conference

    BoatUS Honored with Golden Glow Award at AGLOW Annual Conference

    LAKE RATHBUN, Iowa, September 28, 2011 – Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) was honored with an Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers (AGLOW) “Golden Glow Award” at the group’s annual conference held last week at Honey Creek Resort on Lake Rathbun, Iowa. The Golden Glow is ALGOW’s highest honor, nominated and selected by the Council of Past Presidents. …

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  • Stuart and Martin County, Florida, October 4 Anchoring Meeting Notice

    September 28, 2011 Dear Friends: We are sending out the following notice (below) to our BoatUS members today, and thought you would also like to see the information.   Kindest, Scott Croft BoatUS Public Relations   Dear Florida BoatUS Member, Heads-up! On October 4th there will be two local meetings in the City of Stuart in Martin County, Florida, to determine …

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  • Three Holiday Gift Ideas for Three Different Kinds of Boaters

    Three Holiday Gift Ideas for Three Different Kinds of Boaters

    ALEXANDRIA Va. September 21, 2011 – Not all boat owners are the same, so when it comes time to pick out a holiday gift for your favorite boater or angler, not just any present will do. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has three gift-giving options that can all be purchased online at www.BoatUS.com/gift.   1. The “affordable” $24 gift: BoatUS membership …

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  • Top Women Sailors Gather for BoatUS "Meet the Champions"

    Top Women Sailors Gather for BoatUS "Meet the Champions"
    2011 Santa Maria Cup Reception, Annapolis, MD

    William Paca House and Garden, September 30, 2011

    ANNAPOLIS, Md, September 19, 2011 – With a change in dates for the 21st Santa Maria Cup International Women’s Match Racing Championship, an evolving roster of top women sailing athletes will race on Annapolis’ Severn River course September 28 through October 1. The public is encouraged to meet skippers and crew, past Santa Maria Cup racers, as well as leading sailors from the sport …

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  • Lurking Below The Surface

    Lurking Below The Surface

    BoatUS Safety Tip: Beware of Flood Debris

     ALEXANDRIA, Va., September 15, 2011 – Normally this time of year, boaters have to be concerned about cooler water temperatures, rapid temperature swings, and being more self-reliant as fewer boaters are on the water to help in a potential emergency. With the recent storms, however, you can add one more to the list: a dramatic increase in the number of submerged objects lurking on or just …

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  • What To Do With A Trailerboat In A Hurricane

    What To Do With A Trailerboat In A Hurricane

    BoatUS Helpful Hurricane Storage Tips

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. September 12, 2011 – As hurricanes approach the US mainland, it used to be that boaters on the coast only had to worry about making storm preparations. However, Hurricane Irene’s large destructive path recently showed that trailer boaters located far inland need to make preparations as well. For those who keep a trailer boat in their backyard, driveway or marina parking …

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  • For Boats Up North, "Freeze Coverage" Insurance

    For Boats Up North, "Freeze Coverage" Insurance
    Takes The Worry Out of Winter Power Outages and Other Snafus

     ALEXANDRIA, Va. September 7, 2011 – Boaters who store their boats over the winter in heated storage facilities or garages have it best. But when winter storms bring power outages and the heat goes off, inside temperatures plummet. That’s when a good thing can go bad quickly as the boat’s motor likely has not been “winterized,” causing water in the engine block to …

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  • BoatUS: Irene Could Cause Up to $500 Million Damage to Recreational Boats

    Upstate NY and New England Regions Hit Hardest

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., August 30, 2011 -- Coastal areas are usually the hardest hit when a hurricane strikes. However, early reports from Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) indicate that Hurricane Irene struck inland lake and river regions in New York and New England particularly hard, including the Hudson and Mohawk River Valleys, Lake George, NY, Lake Champlain, NY, and Lake Winnipesaukee, …

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  • Hurricane Irene Approaches: For Boaters, Luck May Have Run Out

    Hurricane Irene Approaches: For Boaters, Luck May Have Run Out

     ALEXANDRIA, Va., August 23, 2011 – Any way you look at it, boaters have been lucky lately with hurricanes — but that luck may be about to run out.   The last major storm to make US landfall was Hurricane Ike in 2008. However, forecasters now say Hurricane Irene, churning near the Bahamas, will likely skirt the east coast of Florida on Friday and is currently predicted to make …

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  • On-the-Water Towing Company Races to Save Unconscious Boater

    On-the-Water Towing Company Races to Save Unconscious Boater

    SALT SPRING ISLAND, BC Canada, August 8, 2011 — This past Saturday, August 6, was a calm and sunny day in British Columbia’s Gulf Islands – until alarms suddenly came over the VHF radio at Captain Nick Boychuck’s Vessel Assist Gulf Islands, a local recreational boat towing and salvage company located on Salt Spring Island. A mayday had been issued for a nearby vessel reporting …

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  • Jumping Off the Boat?

    Jumping Off the Boat?

    Summer Safety Tips for Boaters Looking for a Good Swim

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., August 8, 2011 – “Boating and swimming often go hand-in-hand,” says BoatUS Director of Damage Avoidance Bob Adriance, “but adding alcohol to that mix can lead to some unintended outcomes.” Charged with combing through the BoatUS Marine Insurance Claims files to identify unsafe boating behaviors and help boaters avoid injury or accidents, Adriance knows …

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  • BoatUS Delivers 15,000 Comments to FCC: "Don't Mess With Our GPS"

    BoatUS Delivers 15,000 Comments to FCC: "Don't Mess With Our GPS"

    Last Chance for Public Comment: Saturday, July 30

     ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 26, 2011 – The nation’s largest boat owners’ group, BoatUS, hand delivered over 15,000 comments from concerned boaters, sailors and anglers to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today asking the agency to protect the future reliability of GPS (Global Positioning System) across the United States. The agency is currently considering a request from …

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  • Auto, Boat or Homeowners Insurance: Where Does the Boat Trailer Fit In?

    Auto, Boat or Homeowners Insurance: Where Does the Boat Trailer Fit In?

     ALEXANDRIA, Va. July 20, 2011 – It’s clear what auto, boat or homeowners insurance policies are for. However, which insurance policy insures your boat trailer? The answer is it depends on how and what type of damage occurred, says Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS).   “If a boat trailer is damaged in an accident on the road, it’s the separate …

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  • Boaters Stand to Lose Critical GPS Navigational Aid

    Boaters Stand to Lose Critical GPS Navigational Aid

    Voice Your Opinion: Comment Period Closes July 30

     ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 13, 2011 – As a result of a proposal by a private company to use radio frequency bandwidth right next to the existing GPS radio bandwidth, the future reliability of the GPS system across the United States is now in question. The nation’s largest recreational boaters group, BoatUS, says boaters could have a hard time avoiding treacherous shoals or simply …

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  • Local Boating Business Grows with Purchase of On-the-Water Towing Service

    Local Boating Business Grows with Purchase of On-the-Water Towing Service

    TowBoatUS Lake St. Clair, "Auto Club" for Boaters, Offers Towing Plans For Just $58

    LAKE ST. CLAIR, Mich., July 11, 2011 – There is a new owner at the helm of TowBoatUS Lake St. Clair, the on-the-water towing service that gives boaters and anglers a reliable way to call for assistance when their boats break down on the water, run out of gas or run aground.   Capt. Rob Velger has purchased the business from Capt. Brian Williams, who remains a consultant for the company …

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  • Marine Industry Veteran Takes the Helm of Local Boat Towing Operation

    Marine Industry Veteran Takes the Helm of Local Boat Towing Operation

    Capt. Jeff Dziedzic New Owner of TowBoatUS Mystic, New London and Watch Hill

     MYSTIC, Conn. July 6, 2011 – Capt. Jeff Dziedzic, a Connecticut native with deep roots in the local recreational boating industry, has purchased one of the largest recreational boat towing operations in New England with three locations: TowBoatUS Mystic CT; TowBoatUS New London CT; and TowBoatUS Watch Hill RI. Capt. Don Rich, former owner of the business, as well as other hired captains …

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  • It's "Buyer Beware" When Filling Up the Boat

    It's "Buyer Beware" When Filling Up the Boat
    - And a Lot of Other Things - at the Gas Station

    Higher Ethanol Gasoline a Problem for Boat Motors, Small Engines

     ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 5, 2011 – Most recreational boats in the US are “trailer” boats. Stored in the backyard or driveway, they are trailered to the water and enjoyed for the day. They are also refueled at your local gas station or minimart, which may soon offer a fuel, E15 (or 15% ethanol), that is prohibited by the federal government for use in boat motors and violates …

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  • On-the-Water Boat Towing Company on Lake Wylie Has New Owner

    On-the-Water Boat Towing Company on Lake Wylie Has New Owner

    "Auto Club" for Boaters Offers Towing Plans for Just $58 Annually

     LAKE WYLIE, NC, June 30, 2011 – With the boating season in full swing, there’s a new captain at the helm of TowBoatUS Lake Wylie, the on-the-water towing service that gives boaters and anglers a reliable way to call for assistance when their boats break down on the water, run out of gas or run aground. Capt. Bradley Hewitt, who is also the West Marine store manager for the retailer’s …

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  • One Good "Sniff" May Save a Life

    One Good "Sniff" May Save a Life

    Six Safe Refueling Tips from Boat Owners Association of The United States

     ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 29, 2011 – It was the end to the Memorial Day weekend when a 32-foot motorboat with four persons aboard pulled up to the fuel dock. Moments later, after filling up, an explosion ripped through the boat – literally separating it into clamshell-like halves. In an instant a 25-year old woman was dead. All of the boat’s remaining four occupants as well as …

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  • Mark Zona Wants to Take You Fishing in "Slaunchville"

    Dear Friends:   My friend, fishing personality and TV show host Mark Zona is at it again. You see, we asked him to help us out in spreading the word about BoatUS Angler, our membership program for boat-owning anglers that has lots of great benefits for only $24 a year.   The best news is that if you sign up by July 31, you are eligible to win a fishing trip with a man who creates …

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  • TowBoatUS Mobile, AL Opens: Boaters Have a Helping Hand to Call

    TowBoatUS Mobile, AL Opens: Boaters Have a Helping Hand to Call

    Part of Nationwide Network

      MOBILE, Ala., June 15, 2011 – There’s never a dull moment for Capt. Don Coleman. Up until this spring, Coleman was the owner of a successful local commercial diving and salvage operation, Blue Diving & Salvage, which got its start as a result of the Gulf oil spill. Now the US Navy veteran is growing his business and moving into the recreational side of boating with the opening …

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  • Ten Fuel-Saving Tips for Towing the Boat to the Lake

    Ten Fuel-Saving Tips for Towing the Boat to the Lake

     ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 15, 2011 – With fuel prices high, trailering a boat has become more expensive. However, there are some easy ways to stretch that tank of gas with your tow vehicle. Here are ten tips from BoatUS:   Basic maintenance: Keep your tow vehicle’s engine tuned and replace the engine air filter on a periodic basis.   Drive ahead: Moderate your use of the …

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  • Marinas Lay Down The Red Carpet Saturday June 11

    Marinas Lay Down The Red Carpet Saturday June 11

    Kids' Activities, Demonstrations, Test Rides, Tours, Mark National Marina Day Events

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. June 7, 2011 – Marinas across the country are laying down the red carpet on Saturday June 11, for National Marina Day. The goal of the daylong event is to show the public how marinas are family-friendly gateways to water recreation, are important economic contributors to local communities, and are good stewards of the environment.   Anyone with a love for the water …

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  • "Sisters Under Sail" Founder Honored with Leadership in Women's Sailing Award

    "Sisters Under Sail" Founder Honored with Leadership in Women's Sailing Award

    110-Foot Schooner Sails New England and Great Lakes

     MARBLEHEAD, Mass., June 6, 2011 - Dawn Santamaria, Founder and Executive Director of Sisters Under Sail, was presented the 2011 Leadership in Women's Sailing Award at the 10th Women's Sailing Conference held Saturday at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, MA. The award is sponsored by BoatUS and the National Women's Sailing Association (NWSA).   The Leadership In Women's Sailing …

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  • TowBoatUS Locations in Baltimore, Middle River, Have New Owner

    TowBoatUS Locations in Baltimore, Middle River, Have New Owner

    Long-Time Lead Captain Takes the Helm

     BALTIMORE, Md., June 2, 2011 – A change in ownership for two local TowBoatUS boat-towing locations on the Chesapeake Bay is giving a former employee a chance to helm his own business. Capt. Dale Plummer has purchased TowBoatUS locations in Baltimore and Middle River, Maryland, from Capt. Frank Dolan. Capt. Plummer had served as Dolan’s Lead Captain for the last five years. To see …

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  • Sea Scout "Ship" Tsunami Earns BoatUS Flagship Award

    Sea Scout "Ship" Tsunami Earns BoatUS Flagship Award

    SAN DIEGO, Calif., May 31, 2011 – Sea Scout Ship (SSS) 678 Tsunami of Battle Ground, Washington, was awarded the coveted BoatUS Flagship Award at Boy Scouts of America (BSA) annual meeting held last Friday in San Diego, CA. Sea Scout units, called “Ships,” are part of BSA and use boats, seamanship and nautical skills to develop character and leadership qualities in young people, …

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  • Clean Bottoms: Will Boaters Be Left Holding the Bag?

    BoatUS Urges Boat Owners to Speak up Now on Bottom Paint Bill

    SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 27, 2011 -- The California State Senate is about to consider a bill that, if passed, will ban copper antifouling paint for recreational boats. Also known as “bottom paint,” the brushed, rolled-on, or sprayed-on coatings contain copper, an effective biocide that prevents marine growth such as barnacles, seaweeds and other organic matter on a boat’s hull or …

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  • TowBoatUS Norris Lake, TN Opens: Boaters Have a Helping Hand to Call

    TowBoatUS Norris Lake, TN Opens: Boaters Have a Helping Hand to Call

    Part of Nationwide Network

     NORRIS LAKE, Tenn. May 24, 2011 – Boaters, sailors and anglers who have trouble on Norris Lake with dead batteries, engine difficulties or run out of gas now have a helping hand to call 24 hours a day with the opening of TowBoatUS Norris Lake, Tennessee. The new on-the-water towing service, much like an auto club for boaters, offers an “Unlimited” on-the-water towing service …

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  • Boat Towing Business Grows Inland: Boaters Now Have "Options"

    Boat Towing Business Grows Inland: Boaters Now Have "Options"

    TowBoatUS Jordan Lake, NC Opens; Falls and Sharon Harris Lakes Also Covered

     JORDAN LAKE, NC, May 18, 2011 -- One year after buying the company he had worked at for four years as a hired captain, Capt. Lee Sykes is quickly growing his on-the-water boat towing business inland with the opening of a second location, TowBoatUS Jordan Lake, North Carolina. To see the new location on a map, go to www.BoatUS.com/jordanlake.   Capt. Sykes say’s it’s all about …

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  • Five Spring Safety Tips That Work All Summer Long

    Five Spring Safety Tips That Work All Summer Long

    National Safe Boating Week May 21-27

       ANNAPOLIS, Md., May 18, 2011 – With spring’s arrival comes National Safe Boating Week May 21-27, which gives boaters, sailors and anglers time to reflect on and improve their own safety on the water. The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety has these five spring boat tips – but they can easily help you stay safe all summer long:   1.    You’re …

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  • Boaters, Marine and Tourism Interests Urged to Attend
    City of St. Augustine Draft Anchoring Ordinance Meeting May 26

    Anchoring Rights at Stake

     ST AUGUSTINE, Fla. May 13, 2011 – The ability for recreational boats to set anchor in St. Augustine waters is currently being reviewed by city officials who are asking for input at a public meeting on May 26. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is urging area boaters, cruisers and sailors, as well as those who benefit from boater spending, to attend this meeting to have …

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  • After Acquiring TowBoatUS Port Austin, The Moore Captains Open

    After Acquiring TowBoatUS Port Austin, The Moore Captains Open
    TowBoatUS Sand Point, MI

    Business That Gets Boaters, Anglers Safely Home Expands

     CASEVILLE, Mich. April 26, 2011 – Two brothers hailing from the “thumb” of Michigan are expanding the family-run business that provides on-the-water assistance to Lake Huron boaters and anglers. Capt. Jeff Moore and his brother Capt. Jimmy Moore have purchased TowBoatUS Sand Point (based in Caseville, MI) from former owner Capt. Gary Poirier. To see this location on a map, …

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  • Anchoring in Florida? Better Have a Copy of This With You

    Anchoring in Florida? Better Have a Copy of This With You

    BoatUS Offers Updated 2011 Anchoring Information Sheet

     ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 26, 2011 -- The 2009 passage of Florida House Bill 1423 meant that boaters across the Sunshine State no longer had to fear a visit from law enforcement advising that their boat had “overstayed” its visit and needed to move on. This law, strongly supported by a coalition of boating interests including BoatUS, was designed to study where mooring fields should …

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  • Five Questions to Ask Your Boat's Insurance Agent

    Five Questions to Ask Your Boat's Insurance Agent

    What Makes a Good Policy?

      ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 25, 2011 – Got the boat ready to go into the water? Hold it, just a minute! Boat Owners Association of The United States has five hard questions you need to ask your boat’s insurance agent before your summer boating season begins. Their answers could let you know how worthwhile or worthless your current policy is:   1. Does your insurance company …

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  • Percy Priest Lake, TN, Boaters Have New On-the-Water Towing Service to Call

    Percy Priest Lake, TN, Boaters Have New On-the-Water Towing Service to Call

    Business that Gets Boaters, Anglers Safely Home Expands

     PERCY PRIEST LAKE, Tenn., April 21, 2011 – Capt. Shane O’Neal knows how to get boaters, sailors and anglers safely home after they’ve had trouble on the water. His five TowBoatUS towing companies on the Tennessee River chain of lakes have helped boaters and anglers who have run out of gas, run aground, or broke down since 2008. Now O’Neal is expanding again, with a new, …

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  • Governor Malloy's Proposed Budget: Tax Boaters More?

    Governor Malloy's Proposed Budget: Tax Boaters More?

    BoatUS Says Boaters Need to Speak Up Now

    HARTFORD, Conn. April 20, 2011 – Do boaters in the Constitution State deserve to be taxed more? Governor Dan Malloy’s proposed 2012 budget adds significant new tax levies for boaters and proposes to eliminate the state boating fund and divert boating registration fees and tax dollars – paid by boaters – into the state’s general fund. BoatUS says these changes could threaten …

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  • BoatUS: The Sky is Not Falling, But Hurricane Season Predicted to be "Active"

    BoatUS: The Sky is Not Falling, But Hurricane Season Predicted to be "Active"

    Advice: Talk to Your Marina Now

     ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 19, 2011 -- Keeping boaters aware of the need to make early preparations for the upcoming hurricane season is a tough job for the nation’s boat owners group, BoatUS. That’s because we’re all human – it only takes of few years after a devastating hurricane before memories start to fade, leading to a little apathy.  With the prediction of an …

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  • Stuck Out on the Lake? PA Wallenpaupack Boaters Can Now Call TowBoatUS

    Stuck Out on the Lake? PA Wallenpaupack Boaters Can Now Call TowBoatUS

     LAKE WALLENPAUPACK, Pa., April 14, 2011 -- TowBoatUS Lake Wallenpaupack, which gives boaters and anglers a reliable way to call for assistance 24/7 when their boats break down on the water, has opened. The new business is owned by Capt. Kevin Trevor, who is also owner of the growing boat repair, sales and retail marine business, New Wave in Recreation, which recently expanded operations at their …

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  • SAVE THE DATE: "Opening Day on the Bay"

    SAVE THE DATE: "Opening Day on the Bay"
    To Mark Official Start of San Francisco 2011 Boating Season

    Decorated Boat Parade Sunday, May 1

    WHEN: Sunday, May 1, 2011; Free public viewing at Crissy Field to Pier 39, starting at 12 noon. The Blessing of the Fleet takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon in Racoon Straight.   WHAT: The 95th Annual “Opening Day on the Bay” Decorated Boat Parade, hosted by the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association (PICYA), representing over 100 yacht clubs in Northern California, celebrates …

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  • Atlantis Diving and Salvage on Sacramento River Now a BoatUS Towing Affiliate

    Atlantis Diving and Salvage on Sacramento River Now a BoatUS Towing Affiliate

     SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 12, 2011 – Atlantis Diving and Salvage of West Sacramento is the newest affiliate of BoatUS Towing Services, which gives boaters and anglers in the area a reliable resource to call when their boats break down on the water, run out of gas, or run aground. Owned by Captain Gary Borton, the company’s service area runs from Walnut Grove to above Knight’s …

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  • Vessel Assist Lake Tahoe Under New Management

    Vessel Assist Lake Tahoe Under New Management

     LAKE TAHOE, Calif. April 11, 2011 – Capt. Geoff Burrows, owner of a local marine contracting business, High Sierra Marine, has branched out and recently purchased Vessel Assist Lake Tahoe, California. The company gives boaters and anglers a reliable way to call for assistance when their boats break down on the water, run out of gas, or run aground.   A USCG-licensed captain, Burrows …

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  • Boaters and Swimmers at Pine Flat Lake Have New Life Jacket Rule

    Boaters and Swimmers at Pine Flat Lake Have New Life Jacket Rule

    Increasing Federal Regulation for Many Boaters, Says BoatUS

    PINE FLAT LAKE, Calif. April 7, 2011 -- Jumping off your boat for a swim in Pine Flat Lake, California without a life jacket? As of April 1, anyone found swimming more than 100 feet from shore without a life jacket – including boaters who routinely jump in to try to beat 100-degree-plus temperatures – could result in a $175 fine as part of the new life jacket regulations put in the …

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  • Learning and Networking at Women's Sailing Conference,  June 4

    Learning and Networking at Women's Sailing Conference, June 4

    10th Year at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, MA

     MARBLEHEAD, Mass., April 5, 2011 - The National Women’s Sailing Association (NWSA) will hold the 10th Annual Women’s Sailing Conference Saturday, June 4 at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, Massachusetts. BoatUS is the event’s primary sponsor. Women can learn or enhance their skills in recreational sailing through seminars on the water, on the dock and in the classroom. …

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  • MA Alert: Massachusetts to Take Up Mandatory Life Jacket Bill Tomorrow, April 5

     BOSTON, Mass. April 4, 2011 – Boat Owners of The United States (BoatUS) says the Massachusetts State Legislature is considering a bill tomorrow, Tuesday, April 5 that would require everyone, including adults, to wear life jackets on boats under 20-feet while in operation year-round. The bill’s text currently reads: “SECTION 1. Section 5A of Chapter 90B …

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  • BoatUS Urges Boaters To Be Heard on New EPA Requirements

    BoatUS Urges Boaters To Be Heard on New EPA Requirements

    Deadline for Public Comments is June 2

     ALEXANDRIA, Va. March 30, 2011 –- Remember the Clean Boating Act of 2008? The bi-partisan federal legislation stopped recreational boats from falling under Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) permit requirements originally targeting “normal operating discharges” from commercial ships. However, the Act required the EPA to analyze recreational boat discharges and eventually …

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  • New "Watersports Package" by BoatUS Insurance

    New "Watersports Package" by BoatUS Insurance
    Turns up the Heat on Competition

    Add to Any BoatUS Insurance Policy for Just $30

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. March 21, 2011 – Wakeboarders, waterskiiers and tubers enjoy the exciting adrenaline rush, but when it comes to their boat’s insurance they have more simple needs. They want their expensive boards and skis covered in case thieves are on the prowl; if someone has an accident they want peace of mind knowing the bill will be covered; and, if something goes wrong on the way …

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  • Why Do So Many Boats Sink in the Spring?

    Why Do So Many Boats Sink in the Spring?

    BoatUS Spring Commissioning Checklist

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 17, 2011 -- It’s a sad fact: Every spring, shortly after being launched and commissioned for the season, boats sink while safely tied up at the dock, turning what should be a good time of the year into a real mess.   BoatUS’ Seaworthy magazine, a publication that helps BoatUS members avoid accidents or injuries, has identified the top five reasons for springtime …

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  • Boater's Spring Commissioning Tips for Saving Gas

    Boater's Spring Commissioning Tips for Saving Gas

    Do it Now or Pay Later

     ALEXANDRIA, Va. March 15, 2011 – With gas prices forecast to remain higher than last summer, BoatUS has six tips on spring commissioning that can be done now to save you money on gas all summer long:   Lighten the load is one of easiest no-cost things to save on gas. Clear out all of that junk that’s been stored aboard the boat over winter.   Get a tune-up: An annual …

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  • Vessel Assist Friday Harbor, Washington Has New Owner

    Vessel Assist Friday Harbor, Washington Has New Owner

     FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash., March 9, 2011 – Due to an ailing transmission, Capt. Deb Fritz once had to drive a boat home ten miles – in reverse. That was long before the appearance of recreational boat towing services. Now, Capt. Fritz is the new owner of Vessel Assist Friday Harbor, Washington, which gives boaters and anglers a reliable way to call for assistance when their boats break …

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  • Capt. Shane O'Neal's Boat Towing Service Opens New Location on Watts Bar Lake, Tennessee

    Capt. Shane O'Neal's Boat Towing Service Opens New Location on Watts Bar Lake, Tennessee

    Business that Gets Business, Anglers Safely Home Expands

    WATTS BAR LAKE, Tenn., March 7, 2011 – Capt. Shane O’Neal knows what it feels like to be stranded on a lonely stretch of water with a broken boat with no one to call for help. So in 2008, he opened his first TowBoatUS location at Chickamauga Lake, which gives boaters and anglers a reliable way to call for assistance when their boats break down on the water, run out of gas, or run aground.   Just …

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  • Tax Time Tip: Boat Owners May Have Federal Tax Deductions Available

    Tax Time Tip: Boat Owners May Have Federal Tax Deductions Available

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 3, 2011 – Recreational boat owners who paid state sales taxes on a boat purchase, or those who secured a loan to finance a boat, may have some tax deductions coming to them when filing their 2010 federal income tax return, says a national boat owners group, BoatUS.   The Sales Tax Deduction For boat owners who paid substantial state sales taxes on a new or used …

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  • WA State Boater Gets Cash Reward for Busting Crime: Stolen Goods Found Online

    WA State Boater Gets Cash Reward for Busting Crime: Stolen Goods Found Online

    $2500 from BoatUS; Winter Crime Prevention Tips

      OAK HARBOR, Wash. March 2, 2011 -- When one Washington State boater had his boat burglarized at his marina, he didn’t take the news sitting down.  Peter Hunt, of Oak Harbor, Washington, went to the internet, where he found the thieves selling the stolen items taken during a rash of boat burglaries – including his own chartplotter – on eBay. Recently, he brought his …

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  • BoatUS Insurance Offers Valuable a La Carte Features for One Low Price

    BoatUS Insurance Offers Valuable a La Carte Features for One Low Price

    New "Premiere Value Package" Great for Small or Mid-Sized Boats

     ALEXANDRIA, Va., February 24, 2011 – Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) offers a new add-on package of boat insurance policy enhancements for small to mid-sized boats that adds more features, such as $2,500 in personal effects coverage, a low electronics deductible and a depreciation waiver, for one low price.   “Our new Premiere Value Package has many of …

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  • A Fishing Line Stretched Across the Country Gets Recycled

    A Fishing Line Stretched Across the Country Gets Recycled

    New Sites Needed for BoatUS Foundation Reel In and Recycle Program

     ANNAPOLIS, Md., February 18, 2011 -- Ready for a roadtrip? If you packed your bags – and tacklebox – and drove from Washington, DC to San Diego, California, you would travel nearly 2,700 miles. That’s also the amount of fishing line that was recycled through the BoatUS Foundation's Reel In and Recycle Program last year, which gives anglers an easy way to recycle fishing line …

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  • Safely Keeping Off the Chill

    Safely Keeping Off the Chill

    BoatUS' Four Safety Tips for Electric Heaters Aboard Boats

     ALEXANDRIA, Va. February 18, 2011 – Problems often come from the limitations of the boat’s own AC electrical system - also commonly called “shore power” and used while the boat is docked. Additionally, some portable heaters’ poor design features make them a bad choice for use aboard boats. “Portable electric heaters can work well …

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  • Be Good and Say Goodbye to Your Deductibles With BoatUS Insurance

    Be Good and Say Goodbye to Your Deductibles With BoatUS Insurance

    And More Tips to Save on Insurance

     ALEXANDRIA, Va., February 16, 2011 – Having to pay a deductible when you have a boat insurance claim could become a thing of the past with the new “Diminishing Deductible” program now offered with all BoatUS marine insurance policies. For every year a boater, sailor or angler remains claims-free, the program automatically discounts the policy’s …

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  • A Harrowing Tale of Intrigue South of the Border

    Dear Friends:   I’ve said it before: Boat insurance can be a dull subject. So why should you care? If you have ever chased fish or cruised off the coast, you’ll understand BoatUS member Dan Richter’s passion for Mexico’s Isla Coronado fishery, located just a few miles south of San Diego, California. But like Dan recently …

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  • BoatUS Recognizes Twelve Boating Access Advocates

    BoatUS Recognizes Twelve Boating Access Advocates

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., January 19, 2011 -- An even dozen boating people, projects and public policy measures made the cut to earn 2010 BoatUS Recreational Boating Access Awards. Winners range from Maine to Hawaii and California to Florida, and run the gamut from changing state law and setting national priorities to building bricks-and-mortar boat ramp and dockage facilities.  BoatUS …

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  • City of Clearwater Honored with 2010 Recreational Boating Access Award

    City of Clearwater Honored with 2010 Recreational Boating Access Award
    for Downtown Boat Slip Project

    CLEARWATER, Fla., January 19, 2011 –- Sometimes the road to improving boating access for a community is filled with curves and stop signs. In Clearwater, Florida, that long road goes back to 2000 when the first public referendum on building a new public dock facility failed. City officials went back to the drawing board and finally achieved success with a third referendum in 2007 that resulted …

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  • Dr. Frances Bohnsack of Miami River Marine Group

    Dr. Frances Bohnsack of Miami River Marine Group
    Honored with 2010 BoatUS Recreational Boating Access Award

     MIAMI, Fla., January 19, 2011 –- It was David vs. Goliath, and David won. A group of mostly small, water-dependent businesses had thrived quietly for years on the Miami River, providing much needed boating maintenance services and dockage along the working waterfront. Pitted against them was City Hall backed by big money developers wanting to take valuable waterfront parcels for towering …

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  • City of West Palm Beach Docks

    City of West Palm Beach Docks
    Honored with 2010 BoatUS Recreational Boating Access Award

     WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., January 19, 2011 –- With virtually no public access for temporary boat dockage along the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) in Palm Beach County, getting recreational boaters, sailors and anglers to stop in the City of West Palm Beach to shop, dine, enjoy some entertainment or pick up supplies had been a challenge. However, the April 2010 opening of a new $8 million three-pier, …

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  • Former Gov. Linda Lingle Honored with 2010 BoatUS Recreational Boating Access Award

    Former Gov. Linda Lingle Honored with 2010 BoatUS Recreational Boating Access Award
    For Keehi Small Boat Harbor Improvements

    HONOLULU, Hawaii, January 19, 2011 –- Hawaii offers recreational boaters, sailors and anglers a great on-the-water lifestyle. In contrast, however, has been the poor condition of the state’s small boat harbors, leading many of the state’s boaters and cruisers passing through to claim a paradise lost. But under the direction of former Governor Lingle, Hawaii has begun to address …

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  • Jim Connors of Maine Coastal Program

    Jim Connors of Maine Coastal Program
    Honored with 2010 BoatUS Recreational Boating Access Award

    AUGUSTA, Maine, January 19, 2011 –- In every coastal community in Maine, there is a working waterfront where marine, fishing and boating-related businesses thrive. But keeping these waterfronts working, along with the wages, economic impact and access to the water they bring local towns hasn’t been easy. Long-established marine businesses are often lost when property values and taxes skyrocket, …

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  • Former Senator Michael Morrissey

    Former Senator Michael Morrissey
    Honored with 2010 BoatUS Recreational Boating Access Award

     BOSTON, Mass. January 19, 2011 – In a state where recreational boating has gotten a “black eye,” one state Senator knows the real story. Contrary to perception, most Bay State boaters are not wealthy, and many look to their local boat or yacht club - located on publicly leased land - to help them affordably store and enjoy their boats with family and …

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  • Alviso Marina Boat Launch Ramp

    Alviso Marina Boat Launch Ramp
    Honored with 2010 BoatUS Recreational Boating Access Award

     ALVISO, Calif. January 19, 2011 –- When the new Alviso Marina Boat Launch Ramp opened in June of 2010, it gave Santa Clara County boaters access to San Francisco Bay waters for the first time in 25 years. The former facility had been deemed unusable years ago due to silting and lack of dredging funds, and with the new ramp’s opening on the Alviso Slough, the county hopes to recapture …

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  • Huron Boat Access Site and Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources

    Huron Boat Access Site and Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources
    Honored with 2010 BoatUS Recreational Boating Access Award

     HURON, Ohio. January 19, 2011 –- There’s a long list of challenges facing any community wishing to have a recreational boat launch ramp. Funds are hard to find and waterfront land expensive. Obtaining permits can be difficult. “NIMBY” forces can present roadblocks and in this post 9-11 era, even port security operations can sometimes influence a location. But keeping …

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  • Michigan Dept of Natural Resources and Environment Honored

    Michigan Dept of Natural Resources and Environment Honored
    with 2010 BoatUS Recreational Boating Access Award for Eight Point Lake Boating Access Site

     LANSING, Mich. January 19, 2011 -- Small lakes can have public boating access, too. That’s one important lesson learned with the 2009 opening of the Eight Point Lake Boating Access Site in Clare County. How the boat ramp and barrier-free launch site with parking for 22 vehicles and boat trailers came into existence, however, is also a lesson in public persuasion, planning and perseverance.  For …

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  • Lisa Lawrence and Margaret Pizer of Virginia Sea Grant Marine Extension Program at VIMS

    Lisa Lawrence and Margaret Pizer of Virginia Sea Grant Marine Extension Program at VIMS
    Honored with 2010 BoatUS Recreational Boating Access Award

    GLOUCESTER, Va., January 19, 2011 –- To Virginia’s recreational boaters, sailors and anglers, having access to the water is critical. However, when local communities attempt to increase boat access a range of property issues, regulations, and other hurdles pop up. A new online tool, “Accessing the Virginia Coast” at www.virginiacoastalaccess.net, provides timely, accurate and …

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  • Georgetown County Council/Carroll Ashmore Campbell Marine Complex

    Georgetown County Council/Carroll Ashmore Campbell Marine Complex
    Honored with 2010 BoatUS Recreational Boating Access Award

     GEORGETOWN, S.C., January 19, 2011 –- With a unique coastal location and the convergence of five rivers, Georgetown County is known for its rich fresh and saltwater sport fisheries. However, until recently, this sportsman’s paradise has been hard on anglers looking to get on the water as launch ramps were crowded and their numbers declining due to increasing …

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  • Chuck May of Great Lakes Small Harbors Coalition

    Chuck May of Great Lakes Small Harbors Coalition
    Honored with 2010 BoatUS Recreational Boating Access Award

     ANN ARBOR, Mich., January 19, 2011 – For the nation’s small boat harbors along the Great Lakes shoreline that have suffered from years of neglect, no longer will they get lost in shuffle for finding federal funding for critical dredging and harbor maintenance projects. That’s because of the efforts of Chuck May, who as founder of the Great Lakes Small …

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