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. 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

BoatU.S. urges restraint on E15

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce soon whether it will allow an E15 ethanol standard in the nation’s gasoline supply. BoatU.S. is urging recreational boaters to speak out now and tell President Barack Obama that scientific testing on E15 must precede the EPA’s decision and not come at a later date. BoatU.S.…more

TowBoatU.S. location in New York has a new owner

TowBoatU.S. Shinnecock/Moriches, N.Y. was purchased by Capt. William and Joanne Jayne from Capt. Bob Jacoby, who will remain with the company as a hired captain. TowBoatU.S. Shinnecock/Moriches has two locations. The Shinnecock port is at Hampton Boat Works in Hampton Bay. By water, it is adjacent to Shinnecock Bay buoy No. 15. The Moriches port…more

Anglers set for 24-hour fishing marathon

More than 60 anglers from eight states and Canada will attempt the fishing version of running a marathon this weekend in the Recycled Fish 24 Hour Fish-A-Thon presented by BoatU.S. Angler. Anglers will fish for 24 hours straight with the goal of raising awareness of the environmental problems facing our waters and raising money to…more

BoatU.S. seeks entries for access awards

Oct. 1 is the deadline to enter the BoatU.S. Recreational Boating Access Awards. The program, now in its fourth year, is designed to recognize waterway access projects produced by individuals, local grassroots groups, marine businesses and local and state governments. “We need to share the stories about who has succeeded in preserving or improving public…more

TowBoatU.S. location opens in Pennsylvania

Capt. Stephen Prosser, a 30-year veteran of the boating industry, recently opened TowBoatU.S. Raystown Lake, Pa. The business is licensed by the Department of the Army to offer on-the-water towing and assistance services and is located at Seven Points Marina between mile markers No. 8 and No. 9. The company covers all of Raystown Lake…more

BoatU.S., ValvTect renew marketing deal

BoatU.S. and ValvTect Marine Fuels renewed a cooperative agreement that identifies BoatU.S. cooperating marinas that are also certified ValvTect marinas. “We are pleased to highlight BoatU.S. cooperating marinas on our website, where BoatU.S. members can receive a discount on ValvTect marine fuels as well as other products and services. As a lifelong boater and 35-year…more

BoatU.S. offers boat tax guide

BoatU.S. recently developed a new online State Boating Tax and Registration Guide to help prospective buyers understand the taxes involved in purchasing a boat. The guide allows boaters to search state by state and includes sales taxes, “use” taxes, any credits given on sales taxes for boats purchased in a different state, registration “grace” periods,…more

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