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.

BoatU.S. offers boat tax guide

BoatU.S. recently developed a new online State Boating Tax and Registration Guide to help prospective buyers understand the taxes involved in purchasing a boat. The guide allows boaters to search state by state and includes sales taxes, “use” taxes, any credits given on sales taxes for boats purchased in a different state, registration “grace” periods,…more

TowBoatU.S. location has new owner

TowBoatU.S. Rochester, N.Y., is under new ownership, with Capt. Jake Van Reenen at the helm. “I want to show area boaters that I can provide reliable service 24 hours a day and get them safely back to launch ramps or marinas,” Van Reenen said. Van Reenen has been cruising area waters, as well as in…more

TowBoatU.S. Fort Lauderdale debuts new website

TowBoatU.S. Fort Lauderdale launched its new website. The company spent nearly a year building substantive content and fine-tuning the design of the new site. Features include links to the company’s Facebook page and YouTube videos, a page of nautical news and TowBoatU.S. Fort Lauderdale apparel available for purchase.

TowBoatU.S. location in N.C. has new owner

Capt. Lee Sykes, a former captain with the company for four years, recently purchased TowBoatU.S. Beaufort, N.C., from Capt. Rod Hoell. The Coast Guard-licensed Sykes is a native of Mount Olive, N.C. A former EMT and charter fishing business owner, it was his love of fishing that brought him to the Beaufort area. TowBoatU.S. Beaufort…more

BoatU.S. adds Virginia towing location

  Capt. Gary Lewis Jacobs of L&G Marine Services on Lake Anna, Va., joined BoatU.S.’s on-the-water assistance network. The company, which has provided on-the-water assistance to area boaters and anglers for the last five years, is now an official “listed tower” with the nationwide fleet of towboats. This allows BoatU.S. and BoatU.S. Angler members with…more

Longtime BoatU.S. editor announces retirement

After 26 years with BoatU.S. Magazine as a writer and managing editor, as well as an advocate for boat owners as a lobbyist, Elaine Dickinson is retiring from Boat Owners Association of The United States, the association said. She plans to spend more time cruising with her husband, naval architect Jack Hornor. Dickinson joined BoatU.S.…more

TowBoatU.S. adds Georgia location

Capt. Benjamin Owens and Todd Campbell of TowBoatU.S. Lake Hartwell opened a second location, TowBoatU.S. Lake Richard B. Russell, at Beaver Dam Marina in Elberton, Ga. The new port is located off the Savannah River at channel marker No. 9, and the company’s service area includes all of Lake Richard B. Russell from 30 miles…more

TowBoatU.S. returns ‘Barefoot Bandit’ boat

TowBoatU.S. this week took the 44-foot Sea Ray that the “Barefoot Bandit” allegedly stole in tow and was bound for Port Everglades, Fla., the company said in a statement. Colton Harris-Moore, a suspect in burglaries and boat and plane thefts in the Pacific Northwest, allegedly made his way from Marsh Harbour to the waters off…more

BoatU.S. presenting TV show on Gulf oil spill

A new 13-week television series aims to provide an up-close view of the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico’s boating and fishing communities. Airing at 10 a.m. EDT Sundays on Fox Sports Net and presented by BoatU.S. Angler, “Cabela’s Fisherman’s Handbook” gives a realistic picture of conditions in the…more

BoatU.S. Magazine wins two awards

BoatU.S. Magazine received two 2010 Apex Awards. In the design category, “Spreads,” the work of the BoatU.S. creative services department received an award of excellence for a November 2009 two-page spread that incorporated a photograph by Steve Bly that depicts a fly-fisherman casting in the Florida Keys. A feature by contributing editor Ann Dermody on…more

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