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. seeks access award nominations

Nominations for the BoatU.S. National Recreational Boating Access Award are due Oct. 1. The award will honor an individual, group, government body, business or non-profit organization that has succeeded in preserving or improving public waterway access. Judges will look at four criteria: the challenges faced in retaining or increasing access in an area; the direct…more

BoatU.S. to promote Anglers’ Legacy program

BoatU.S. will use online Web banners, print public service announcements and its member newsletters to help promote Anglers’ Legacy, a program from the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation that encourages avid boaters and anglers to introduce someone new to the sport. In addition, BoatU.S. Angler, a program that offers benefits and services geared specifically toward…more

BoatU.S. reports uptick in on-water assistance

On-the-water boat towing and ungrounding services provided to members of BoatU.S. were up 8 percent at the mid-summer mark, when compared to 2008, the group reports. “Boaters have less money in their wallets this year, which translates to fewer outings, less maintenance, and an increase in calls for on-the-water assistance,” BoatU.S. Towing Service vice president…more

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

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