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.

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

BoatU.S. adds towing affiliate in California

Atlantis Diving and Salvage of West Sacramento, Calif., is the newest affiliate of BoatU.S. Towing Services. Owned by Capt.Gary Borton, the company has a service area that runs from Walnut Grove to above Knight’s Landing and is the third location in the California Delta offering recreational boat-towing services that is also part of the BoatU.S.…more

EPA seeks comments on discharge practices

BoatU.S. is asking its members to tell the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency how they operate and maintain their boats as the agency develops and eventually implements best management practices to address. The Clean Boating Act called for permit requirements targeting “normal operating discharges” from commercial ships. The act also required the EPA to analyze recreational…more

BoatU.S. names life-jacket contest winners

The BoatU.S. Foundation and Underwriters Laboratories recently announced the winners of their 2011 Innovation in Life Jacket Design Competition. Of 35 entries (some from as far away as Malaysia), 15 semifinalists were selected and short videos of the designs were posted online for the public to pick their favorites. In addition, expert judges voted for…more

Owner takes over Vessel Assist location

Capt. Deb Fritz is the new owner of Vessel Assist in Friday Harbor, Wash., purchasing the port from Capt. Larry Hamilton. Capt. Richard Rodriguez, a hired captain and author of the boating blog BitterEnd, and Fritz’s husband, Capt. Andrew DiRienzo, round out the company’s roster. With her father working for Boeing and later retiring to…more

TowBoatU.S. operator opens Tennessee location

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

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