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. unveils towing app

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. hands out lifesaving awards

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

BoatU.S. seeks life-jacket loaner sites

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

BoatU.S. hands out access awards

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

BoatU.S. seeks applications for grants

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

BoatU.S. contest seeks new life jacket designs

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

BoatU.S. Angler offers tournament bonuses

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.

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

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