Capt. Shane O’Neal recently opened his third TowBoatU.S. location on Tennessee’s Watts Bar Lake. The opening of TowBoatU.S. Watts Bar Lake at Euchee Marina in Ten Mile, Tenn., follows the recent downstream acquisitions of TowBoatU.S. Scottsboro, Ala., and TowBoatU.S. Rogersville, Ala., and the previous opening of TowBoatU.S. Nickajack Lake, Tenn., in 2009. O’Neal now owns…more
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.
TowBoatU.S. Lake Lanier (Ga.) was recently named Tower of the Year by BoatU.S. TowBoatU.S. Lake Lanier is owned and operated by Capt. Robert Estrada and located at Waterfront Lanier Harbor Marina. It has towed and salvaged more than 10,000 boats since 1994 and has handled everything from 8-foot PWCs to 125-foot mega-houseboats. Estrada also has…more
The BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is asking boaters, sailors and anglers to vote for their favorite new life jacket design entry in the Innovation in Life Jacket Design Competition. To view the life jacket design entry submissions, including video footage of prototype demonstrations, visit the foundation’s Facebook page. Online voting ends…more
BoatU.S. is offering a smart phone app that helps boaters call for a tow and adds location and tracking features. “The new BoatU.S. app can greatly improve towboat response times due to the accuracy of the GPS latitude and longitude technology built into these high-tech phones,” said Jerry Cardarelli, BoatU.S.’s vice president of towing services,…more
BoatU.S. Towing Services honored 12 of its TowBoatU.S. and Vessel Assist captains with the annual BoatU.S. Woody Pollack Lifesaving Award at a ceremony that capped the group’s recent annual conference in Long Beach, Calif. “When the normal routine of dropping off gas or providing a tow back to the launch ramp is interrupted by a…more
The BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water’s Life Jacket Loaner Program for children is looking for loaner sites. Since the program began in 1997, at least three children’s lives have been saved by wearing a BoatU.S. Foundation loaner life jacket. More than 90,000 life jackets are borrowed each year – at no cost…more
A dozen people, projects and public policy measures earned 2010 BoatU.S. Recreational Boating Access Awards, the group announced. The award honors a group, government body, business, individual or nonprofit organization that has succeeded in preserving or improving public waterway access for boaters. Judging criteria included how well challenges were overcome; the direct impact of the…more
The BoatU.S. Foundation’s Grassroots Grants Program, which provides funding for local projects that educate boaters about safety and clean boating practices, is taking applications for grants of as much as $40,000. This year, applicants are encouraged to upload photos and videos showcasing their project ideas or anything else that will convey their vision. The foundation…more
The BoatU.S. Foundation is sponsoring an Innovations in Life Jacket Design Competition, with entries due Feb. 1. The foundation has teamed with Underwriters Laboratories and the Personal Flotation Device Manufacturers Association to seek technologies and design innovations that could rethink a 100-year-old design. “The interest in new, more comfortable designs [is] always important to waterway…more
Those purchasing a BoatU.S. Angler towing membership are eligible to win BoatU.S. Angler Weigh-to-Win cash bonuses. The Weigh-to-Win program pays the highest-placing registered angler in most B.A.S.S., FLW and PAA events, as well as the BoatU.S. Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship. Click here for the full release.