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.

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

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

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