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.

New Tennessee TowBoatU.S. location announced

Capt. Shane O’Neal opened his second TowBoatU.S. location in Tennessee with TowBoatU.S. Nickajack Lake. He opened his first port, TowBoatU.S. Chickamauga Lake, last year. Located at Hales Bar Marina mile marker 431.1L, TowBoatU.S. Nickajack Lake’s service area runs 50 miles north and south of the marker. Stationed at the port is a 22-foot Continental response…more

New TowBoatU.S. location in New York

Marine repair business owner Capt. Christian Misciagna opened TowBoatU.S. Oswego, N.Y. Located at Oswego Marina, the company’s service area includes eastern Lake Ontario, Oswego Canal and parts of the Erie Canal. It’s a new venture for Misciagna, who has operated St. Peter’s Outfitter, a full-service repair facility and chandlery, for the last three years from…more

TowBoatU.S. operator opens fifth Florida location

Florida towboat operator Capt. Matt Moss opened a fifth location, TowBoatU.S. Lake Harris. The new operation joins Moss’s network of central Florida TowBoatU.S. ports, which include locations on Lake George, Lake Monroe and Crescent Lake, as well as in Palatka. TowBoatU.S. Lake Harris is located at the Dead River Marina in Tavares, Fla., and its…more

BoatU.S. debuts Web site with Gulf oil spill tips

BoatU.S. launched a new Web site for recreational boaters affected by the Gulf oil spill that can help them stay informed, safeguard their boats and assist with recovery efforts. The new site brings together a range of public and private resources and information for boaters, including how to protect your boat and the environment as…more

TowBoatU.S. captain is now an owner

Capt. Dave Hoblin, a captain with TowBoatU.S., Old Saybrook, Conn., for 10 years, recently purchased the business. “Being on the water helping boaters is what makes me feel great,” Hoblin said in a statement. “Every day is different – there is no other profession I’d rather be in. It’s a nice feeling to be the…more

BoatU.S. names Tower of the Year

An on-the-water towboat company that helps Lake of the Ozarks boaters get home safely was singled out for its professionalism at the BoatU.S. Towing Services Annual Conference recently held in Arlington, Va. Tower of the Year honors went to TowBoatU.S. Lake Ozark, which is owned and operated by Capt. Charlie Meyer. Meyer’s locally-owned company has…more

Pro anglers honored with BoatU.S. award

Professional anglers Gary Klein of Weatherford, Texas, and Tim Horton of Florence, Ala., received the BoatU.S. Foundation’s Environmental Leadership Award for spearheading a waterway cleanup in advance of the 2008 Professional Anglers Association Corporate Cup on Pickwick Lake, Tenn. The award, presented last weekend at the Bassmaster Classic, recognizes those who have made a significant…more

List of most popular boat names released

BoatU.S. released its annual list of top 10 most popular boat names, and one newcomer to the list stands out. “Bail Out, the No. 5 pick, clearly speaks volumes about what’s on boaters’ minds,” BoatU.S. president Nancy Michelman said in a statement. “With today’s economic uncertainty, naming a boat Bail Out could indicate that boating…more

BoatU.S. sponsoring sail convention

A sailing convention for women, sponsored by Boat U.S., is set to launch Feb. 6 at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club in Corona del Mar, Calf. The event is presented by the Southern California Yachting Association. The convention is open to all women, from novices to experts, and the program offers 28 workshops to choose…more

BoatU.S. seeks grant applications

The BoatU.S. Foundation is seeking applications for its new Grassroots Grants Program. “Our grant program looks for innovative projects that encourage boaters to be safe and keep our waterways clean,” program manager Alanna Keating said in a statement. “Projects have ranged from high-flying blimps carrying safety messages and radio public service announcements, to custom-made fuel…more

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