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.

BoatUS petitions FCC on GPS use

BoatUS said it hand-delivered Tuesday more than 15,000 comments from concerned boaters, sailors and anglers to the Federal Communications Commission, asking the agency to protect the future reliability of GPS across the United States. The agency is currently considering a request from a private company, LightSquared, to build up to 40,000 ground stations for a…more

BoatUS says GPS navigational aid is in jeopardy

The future reliability of the GPS system across the United States is in question, according to BoatUS, because of a proposal by a private company to use radio frequency bandwidth next to existing GPS radio bandwidth. BoatUS said boaters could have a hard time avoiding treacherous shoals or finding their way home if GPS signals…more

TowBoatUS stop in Michigan has new owner

There is a new owner at the helm of TowBoatUS Lake St. Clair, Mich. Capt. Rob Velger purchased the business from Capt. Brian Williams, who remains a consultant for the company and the owner of TowBoatUS Detroit downriver. Velger and his brother, Rick, also are the owners of Hide-away Harbor Marina and St. Clair Marine,…more

New owner for three TowBoatUS locations

Capt. Jeff Dziedzic purchased one of the largest recreational boat-towing operations in New England with three locations: TowBoatUS Mystic, Conn.; TowBoatUS New London, Conn.; and TowBoatUS Watch Hill, R.I. The former owner, Capt. Don Rich, and other hired captains, remain with the company. Dziedzic has been the Groton, Conn., harbormaster since 2004 and is the…more

TowBoatUS location has new owner

There’s a new captain at the helm of TowBoatUS Lake Wylie, N.C. Capt. Bradley Hewitt, who is also the West Marine store manager for the retailer’s Lake Norman location, purchased TowBoatUS Lake Wylie from Steve Branum and Jeremy Thompson. Hewitt, 24, who is Coast Guard-licensed, started in the boating business nearly a decade ago, working…more

BoatUS braces for busy holiday weekend

BoatUS says the Independence Day weekend is expected to bring record numbers of boaters to the water. The 24-hour BoatUS on-the-water dispatch centers and TowBoatUS and Vessel Assist towing fleets are expected to receive nearly 3,000 requests for assistance from boaters during the holiday weekend, with a big spike likely to occur each evening. Although…more

TowboatUS captain charged with drunken boating

Boynton Beach TowboatUS Capt. Timothy R. Pooler was charged with drunken boating after rescuing two boaters and towing their boat around in circles for several hours. Last week, Pooler was dispatched to rescue two men in a disabled boat 25 miles off Delray Beach, Fla., according to a report in the Orlando Sentinel. But according…more

TowBoatUS location added in Alabama

Capt. Don Coleman opened a new TowBoatUS stop in Mobile, Ala. The 28-year-old northern Alabama native, a Navy veteran, is Coast Guard-licensed and is an avid sailor who runs the foredeck and spinnaker on a 30-foot Morgan in local regattas and the annual Dauphin Island race. He is also pursuing a degree at the University…more

Owner takes over two TowBoatUS locations

A change in ownership at two TowBoatUS locations on Chesapeake Bay is giving a former employee a chance to helm his own business. Capt. Dale Plummer purchased TowBoatUS locations in Baltimore and Middle River, Md., from Capt. Frank Dolan. Plummer had served as Dolan’s lead captain for the last five years. Plummer is president of…more

TowBoatUS adds Tennessee location

Boaters, sailors and anglers who have trouble on Norris Lake in Tennessee can now call on TowBoatUS Norris Lake for help. The location is owned by Mark Proffitt, who is also the owner of Marine Contractors, a full-service boat maintenance, repair and over-the-road boat transport business. Proffitt has been boating on Norris Lake since he…more

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