BoatUS

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. location opens in North Carolina

Capt. Lee Sykes is growing his on-the-water boat-towing business inland with the opening of a TowBoatU.S. location in Jordan Lake, N.C. Located at Crosswinds Marina, Sykes’ business has two response boats: a 20-foot Privateer and a 24-foot Carolina Skiff. Sykes has hired two local captains to operate the port, including Capt. Brian Lischin, a retired…more

BoatU.S. urges comment at St. Augustine meeting

The ability of recreational boats to set anchor in St. Augustine, Fla., waters is being reviewed by city officials, who are asking for comment at a May 26 public meeting. BoatU.S. is urging area boaters, cruisers and sailors, as well as those who benefit from boater spending, to attend the meeting to have their voices…more

Online voting under way in BoatU.S. grant competition

The BoatU.S. Foundation is asking boaters to go online and vote for their favorite proposal in the Boating Grassroots Grants program. Of the 17 proposals listed, those with the most votes by midnight June 13 will have their projects funded with a grant of as much as $4,000 each from the BoatU.S. Foundation Boating Grassroots…more

BoatU.S. unveils top boat names

BoatU.S. released its annual list of the top 10 boat names. This year’s top names are: • AquaHolic • Andiamo (Let’s go) • The Black Pearl • La Belle Vita (The Beautiful Life) • Mojo • Island Time • Second Wind • No Worries • Serenity • Blue Moon The group has a list of…more

BoatU.S. debuts new online simulator

A new BoatU.S. boating simulator, provided by the BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water, aims to use animation, simulation and video to keep boaters on the virtual “water” anytime – and teach them how to navigate congested and sometimes treacherous waters. “Research shows that most people use visual cues when learning, and when…more

New owners for TowBoatU.S. location in S.C.

TowBoatU.S. on Lake Keowee, S.C., is now owned and operated by two brothers, Benny and Woody Owens, and their friend, Todd Campbell. The trio also owns TowBoatU.S. Lake Russell and TowBoatU.S. Lake Hartwell in South Carolina. Their experience also includes operating fishing boats offshore out of Charleston, S.C., trips to the Bahamas out of Miami…more

New owners at TowBoatU.S. location in Michigan

Capt. Jeff Moore and his brother, Capt. Jimmy Moore, purchased TowBoatU.S. Sand Point, based in Caseville, Mich., from Capt. Gary Poirier. This is the brothers’ second TowBoatU.S. location. They purchased TowBoatU.S. Port Austin last summer. Joining the brothers is Jimmy’s wife, Capt. Sara Moore. All three are licensed by the Coast Guard. The Moore brothers,…more

New TowBoatU.S. location opens in Tennessee

Capt. Shane O’Neal, who runs TowBoatU.S. stops on a chain of lakes in the Tennessee River, added a sixth location on Tennessee’s Percy Priest Lake just one month after opening his fifth location on Watts Bar Lake. O’Neal’s TowBoatU.S. services got its start on Chickamauga Lake. It is now the fastest-growing boat-towing company in the…more

BoatU.S. Foundation renews marina litter program

The BoatU.S. Foundation reports that the 43 marinas that participated in its 2010 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program saw a 63 percent average reduction in the amount of cigarette litter that would have gone into the water. Now, the non-profit that promotes boating safety and clean water is looking for more marinas to join its 2011…more

TowBoatU.S. location opens in Pennsylvania

A new TowBoatU.S. location is opening in Lake Wallenpaupack, Pa. Capt. Kevin Trevor is a Coast Guard-licensed captain and will head the new location. He’ll be helped by his stepfather and part-time captain Charlie Dunn. “We get a lot of folks here for the weekend and sometimes they’ll run their battery down or forget how…more

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