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. 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

TowBoatU.S. honors Georgia operator

TowBoatU.S. Lake Lanier (Ga.) was recently named Tower of the Year by BoatU.S. TowBoatU.S. Lake Lanier is owned and operated by Capt. Robert Estrada and located at Waterfront Lanier Harbor Marina. It has towed and salvaged more than 10,000 boats since 1994 and has handled everything from 8-foot PWCs to 125-foot mega-houseboats. Estrada also has…more

BoatU.S. holds vote for best life jacket design

The BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is asking boaters, sailors and anglers to vote for their favorite new life jacket design entry in the Innovation in Life Jacket Design Competition. To view the life jacket design entry submissions, including video footage of prototype demonstrations, visit the foundation’s Facebook page. Online voting ends…more

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

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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

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