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.

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

BoatU.S. names access award winners

BoatU.S. announced the five winners of its 2009 BoatU.S. Recreational Boating Access Award. Winners are: Oregon’s Port of Siuslaw; Florida’s Kissimmee River Valley Sportsmans Association; Raymond Graziotto, president and COO of the Loggerhead Club & Marina; the village council and mayor of North Perry, Ohio; and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ division of watercraft.…more

BoatU.S. says transponder requirement is impractical

BoatU.S. officials testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Coast Guard Subcommittee this week that any potential requirement for transponder technology on boats is not practical, nor would it reduce the threat of a waterborne attack. “Contrary to what Hollywood has portrayed, the average boat in this country is 16 feet. Requiring some type of…more

Spot, BoatU.S. offer new towing services

A new service from Spot LLC and BoatU.S. Towing Services could help boaters needing a tow. The new SPOT Assist Maritime service combines satellite messaging communications and GPS technology with BoatU.S. Towing Services. SPOT Assist Maritime gives recreational boaters the ability to summon a towboat for non-emergency assistance by pressing the “Help” button on their…more

BoatU.S. adds to advisory council

The Boat Owners Association of The United States made three key appointments to its National Advisory Council. They include Lenora Clark, Anne Sacks and Col. Terry West. Clark is vice chair of the California Boating and Waterways Commission and Sacks is president of the statewide advocacy group Recreational Boaters of California. West is president of…more

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