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. 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

TowBoatU.S. location opens in Wisconsin

Bay Marine in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., opened a new TowBoatU.S. location. The port’s service area includes Sturgeon Bay, Green Bay north to Fish Creek, and on Lake Michigan from Baileys Harbor to Manitowoc. Three local Coast Guard-licensed captains operate the port’s 30-foot former Coast Guard vessel rigged for towing and salvage work. For more than 40…more

Sea Tow opens new Virginia location

Sea Tow opened a new location at Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains region. “There are approximately 23,000 boats registered in and around the counties surrounding the lake, and it also draws boaters from as far away as West Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland and New Jersey,” said Capt. Nancy Ellett, who co-owns Sea…more

BoatU.S. consumer database hits milestone

The online BoatU.S. Consumer Protection Database, created more than 20 years ago to track consumer complaints and safety information, marked its 10,000th entry last week. The database contains specific reports about boats, engines, boating products, dealers, marinas and related boating services, as well as information about how, or whether, the companies involved responded to each…more

Two new TowBoatU.S. locations open

TowBoatU.S. expanded its fleet with new locations in South Carolina and Alabama. Just four years after opening TowBoatU.S. locations on Grand Bahama and in the Abacos, Capt. Jess Cooley has opened a third location, TowBoatU.S. Lake Murray, S.C. The new port is located in Chapin, and three local captains will operate the towboats – Jimmy…more

BoatU.S. award nominations due June 30

Nominations for the 2009 BoatU.S. Foundation Environmental Leadership Award are due June 30. The award honors those who have made significant contributions toward improving waterway health and educating boaters about environmental issues. It will be presented to a group, organization, company, marina or individual who has worked to make a difference. The winner receives $1,000…more

TowBoatU.S. announces expansion, new owner

TowBoatU.S. expanded with a new location on Lake Wylie, N.C., and announced a new owner for TowBoatU.S. Lake Lanier in Georgia. TowBoatU.S. Lake Wylie is run by local entrepreneurs Steve Branum and Jeremy Thompson, who opened their first TowBoatU.S. location three years ago on Lake Norman. Branum says the new home construction ringing Lake Wylie…more

BoatU.S. honors California Sea Scout Ship

BoatU.S. awarded its 2009 Sea Scout Flagship Award to Ship 90, Renegade, of Newport Beach, Calif. The award recognized the unit for excellence in program quality, youth achievement and adult commitment during 2008. It was presented Monday night during the 57th Annual Ancient Mariner Sea Scout Regatta in Alameda, Calif. “We are particularly proud of…more

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