It might not be as highly anticipated as the Social Security Administration’s release of the top 10 baby names around the country, but perhaps that depends on whether you’re having babies or buying boats.
BoatUS is the nation's leading advocate for recreational boaters. It provides its more than 500,000 members with government representation, services such as 24-hour on-the-water boat towing and roadside assistance for boat trailers and tow vehicles, boat insurance programs and benefits that include marina and West Marine shopping discounts.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is offering Maryland boaters an option for taking a required boater safety course with a free BoatUS Foundation Online Boating Safety Course. Until now, Maryland boaters had to pay out of pocket for the required safety course. BoatUS said the course fully meets the state’s education requirements for boaters…more
BoatUS put together used-boat buying tips to help consumers determine whether they are buying a boat that Hurricane Sandy damaged when sellers are not forthcoming about the boat’s past. Nearly a year after Sandy, some of the 65,000 boats that were damaged or lost in the storm are being sold on the used-boat market, either…more
Capt. Shane O’Neal, who owns TowBoatUS locations in Tennessee and Alabama, purchased two additional locations in Panama City and Destin, Fla. O’Neal, a former Georgia firefighter who once got stuck on the water with his family when his own boat broke down, began towing other people’s boats on Tennessee’s Chickamauga Lake in 2008. “A lot…more
BoatUS made its half-millionth dispatch this month to member Caron Collins and her husband, William, after their 28-foot cruiser had engine trouble early in the morning about a football field away from their home dock at Charlotte Harbor, Fla. To celebrate the milestone, BoatUS is giving the Collinses a $500 West Marine gift card, a…more
As part of a Summer Shoreline series, the New York Times profiled two brothers who are towboat captains on New York’s Jamaica Bay — waterfront characters who make their living pulling boaters out of trouble. “All it takes is a credit card for an idiot to buy a boat and kill people,” Capt. Bernie Schachner…more
Of the approximately 600 BoatUS towboats in the United States, all are red — except for one pink one. When Capt. Brian Williams of TowBoatUS Detroit wanted to do something for his mother, he picked up a can of pink paint. The matriarch of the Williams family was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006. After…more
Capt. Benjamin Graffius and his uncle, Jonathan Graffius, recently opened a TowBoatUS location in Kennebunkport, Maine, and purchased TowBoatUS Sebago Lake. The native Mainers opened their first TowBoatUS location last summer in Portland. Benjamin Graffius, a graduate of Mount Desert Island High School and the Maine Maritime Academy, has a Coast Guard unlimited masters license…more
BoatUS chairman and founder Richard Schwartz announced his retirement from a 47-year run as the leader of the half-million-member boating association, effective July 1. Schwartz will pass the torch to BoatUS president Margaret Bonds Podlich and other key leadership staff, although he will remain chairman of the BoatUS board and chairman of the BoatUS National…more
BoatUS is asking members to help repeal Florida’s ethanol mandate by asking Gov. Rick Scott to sign House Bill 4001. A state law that passed in 2008 requires that all gasoline sold in Florida contain between 9 and 10 percent ethanol. Although there is an exception for fuel sold for use in boats, the law…more