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. Angler adds expert to team

BoatU.S. Angler, a membership program that offers services and representation to boat owning anglers, is beefing up its stable of angling experts with the addition of Capt. Doug “Butch” Rickey to the “Ask the Experts” team. Rickey, a saltwater guide in Southwest Florida, joins freshwater guide Capt. Steve Chaconas as the program’s “go-to” guys for…more

BoatU.S. signs on as show sponsor

United States Yacht Shows, producer of the U.S. Sailboat Show and the U.S. Powerboat Show in Annapolis, Md., announced that BoatU.S. is a premier sponsor of this year’s shows. As part of the sponsorship, the nation’s largest recreational boat owners organization, will aggressively market the fall boat shows to its 600,000 members, including promotion in…more

BoatU.S. Foundation awards grants

The BoatU.S. Foundation awarded nearly $50,000 for its 2009 Clean Water and Boating Safety grants to 19 local non-profit groups. This year’s Clean Water Grant projects covered a wide range of environmental topics, while the Boating Safety Grants focused on efforts aimed at reducing alcohol-related fatalities. In the last 20 years, the foundation has awarded…more

Life jacket program seeks children’s photos

The BoatU.S. Foundation’s Kid’s Life Jacket Loaner Program will loan out life jackets more than 90,000 times this year at no cost at more than 500 locations across the nation. Now, the national, non-profit group needs help in creating a 2010 photo calendar with images of children wearing the life jackets and staying safe on…more

Vessel Assist port opens in Hawaii

Capt. Michael Parker opened Vessel Assist Oahu. The new towing port has a 28-foot response boat, Hoikekai, stationed at Kewalo Basin Marina in Honolulu. “Seas can get pretty rough,” said Parker, who is Coast Guard-licensed and has worked in the marine industry all of his life, in a statement. “Out here on the open Pacific Ocean,…more

Nominations sought for boating access award

BoatU.S. is seeking nominations for its third annual Recreational Boating Access Award. The award recognizes individuals or groups who have succeeded in preserving or improving public waterway access. BoatU.S. says waterfront residential development, regulatory red tape, increased taxes, poor land-use planning and more restrictive zoning are some of the factors contributing to the decline of…more

TowBoatU.S. location opens in New York

Capt. George Farrell opened TowBoatU.S. Yonkers, N.Y., on the Hudson River. Located at the Tower Ridge Yacht Club in Hastings, N.Y., the port’s service area includes the Hudson River from Manhattan north to the Bear Mountain Bridge. Capt. Farrell has a 24-foot Privateer response vessel. A Yonkers native, Farrell is also a detective with the…more

BoatU.S. offers college guide for aspiring boaters

BoatU.S. created a guide to the “Boatiest Colleges in America,” which helps students find the top marine programs and extracurricular boating activities offered by four-year schools. The one-of-a-kind guide premieres in the July 2009 issue of BoatU.S. Magazine, along with a list of “The 25 Boatiest Schools in America” – those that offer at least…more

BoatU.S. marina program marks milestone

The BoatU.S. Cooperating Marina Program recently welcomed its 900th marina. Launched in 1997, the program requires participating marinas or boatyards to offer discounts to boaters carrying BoatU.S. membership cards. The discounts include up to 10 cents off a gallon of fuel, 25 percent off transient slips or 15 percent off repairs. “During this economic downturn,…more

Online docking game gives chance at $25,000

BoatU.S. is helping boaters improve their docking skills with an online game that offers a $25,000 grand prize as part of the organization’s Wave of Fortune sweepstakes. The DockIt! game gives players a choice of three boats to quickly and safely dock in a virtual marina slip, with progressively tougher docking scenarios. Hit a piling,…more

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