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.

BoatU.S. names advisers to panel

BoatU.S. made five appointments to its National Advisory Council. They are: Nicholas Kerigan, national commodore of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary; Jim Graybeal, president of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators; Creighton Maynard, chief commander of U.S. Power Squadrons; Linda Bendsen, president of Recreational Boaters of California; and Bob Adriance, editor of Seaworthy…more

Deadline nears for BoatU.S. award nominations

Nominations for the BoatU.S. Foundation’s Environmental Leadership Award are due Dec. 15. The honor singles out people, organizations or businesses that have made significant contributions to help other boaters become more environmentally responsible on the water. A $1,000 award to help continue their environmental efforts is included. “We want to know who is behind your…more

BoatU.S. to sponsor fishing TV show

BoatU.S. Angler is sponsoring the “Hook n’ Look” fishing show, which offers an underwater perspective in the field of TV fishing shows. Broadcast on the Versus cable network and premiering its fourth season Dec. 27, “Hook n’ Look’s” father-and-son team – professional angler Kim Stricker and his son Danny – don dive gear at fishing…more

TowBoatU.S. mobilizes town to help widow with sunken yacht

When an elderly widow was overwhelmed by the problem of dealing with a 62-foot Huckins that sank at her dock, the community of Pompano Beach, Fla., stepped in to help. The local Fox affiliate, WSVN 7 News, recently did a story on its “Help Me Howard” feature to help the homeowner with her plight. When…more

TowBoatU.S. operator adds Florida location

Capt. Larry Tieman, owner and operator of seven on-the-water recreational boat-towing locations on Florida’s central Gulf Coast, opened an eighth location with  TowBoatU.S. Yankeetown, Fla. The Yankeetown Marina location joins Tieman’s TowBoatU.S. locations in St. Petersburg, Tampa Bay, Clearwater, Tarpon Springs, Hudson, Homosassa River and Crystal River. Coast Guard-licensed Capt. Matt Fleming is the new…more

Contest seeks creative life jacket designs

The BoatU.S. Foundation’s “Innovation in Life Jacket Design Competition” is once again calling for out-of-the-box entries. Five years ago, the competition resulted in several new and innovative life jacket designs, but the interest in new, more comfortable designs has not faded. Although current models save lives every day, many are still bulky and uncomfortable, leaving…more

BoatU.S. members to get discounts at marine fuel website

BoatU.S. and MarineFuel.com announced an agreement under which the website offers association members continually updated prices for marine diesel and marine gasoline at 2,200 fuel docks in the United States, the Bahamas and the Caribbean for a discounted annual fee. In addition, advanced searching can help locate ethanol-free fuel, additives, discounts and specific amenities at…more

BoatU.S. offers free online safety course

The BoatU.S. Foundation recently set up a new online learning center. The website offers a no-cost online boating safety course that makes learning easier and retention stronger with the use of new animations, videos and interactive activities. “We believe in reducing the barriers to boating,” said Chris Edmonston, BoatU.S. Foundation director of boating safety, in…more

BoatU.S. seeks entries for conservation award

A call for entries was issued for the 2010 BoatU.S. Foundation Environmental Leadership Award, which honors people, organizations or businesses that have helped to show boaters how to take better care of their local waterway. The winner will receive $1,000 to help continue the environmental effort. “Any group, organization, company, marina or individual who has…more

BoatU.S. adds marine trade schools to online guide

BoatU.S. added a list of marine trade schools, community colleges and accredited certification programs to its Guide to Marine Education Programs. One- and two-year technical programs are available to people who are considering a career in the marine trades as a boatbuilder, designer or marine technician. The addition of such programs to BoatU.S.’s previously released…more

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