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.

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

BoatU.S. holding $25,000 sweepstakes

The Boat Owners Association of the United States is giving away $25,000 to one boater who signs up for membership before Nov. 30. Visitors can click here to register for a membership and earn an entry in the sweepstakes for the grand prize as well as weekly prizes given away until the end of the…more

BoatU.S. seeks support of working waterfronts bill

BoatU.S. is urging boaters and anglers to contact members of Congress to co-sponsor H.R. 2548, “Keep Waterfronts Working Act of 2009.” Introduced by Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, and co-sponsored by Rep. Lois Capps, D-Calif., the bill would provide federal funding to coastal and Great Lakes states to help preserve and protect working waterfronts. The legislation…more

BoatU.S. debuts fishing newsletter

BoatU.S. Angler launched the Tacklebox Newsletter, a free e-newsletter that gives anglers tips and tools on how to ensure the “big one” doesn’t get away. The newsletter is e-mailed 10 times a year and covers a range of topics, including salt- and freshwater fishing tips from experts, do-it-yourself projects, fishing destinations and conservation tips. There’s…more

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