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. 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

TowBoatU.S. adds Texas location

TowBoatU.S. Lake Texoma, owned by Capt. William “Joe” Winner and his wife, Roxan, is the latest addition to BoatU.S. Towing Services in Texas. “It took us nearly a year to get up and running because of the stringent requirements set by the various government agencies as well as meeting BoatU.S.’ high standards,” Roxan Winner said…more

TowBoatU.S. expands in Louisiana

Two new TowBoatU.S. locations have come to Louisiana. Capt. Fred Leger, a local business owner and Lake Charles native, recently opened TowBoatU.S. Lake Charles, La. Leger also operates Bayou Wrecker and Towing, a vehicle recovery business in Lake Charles, which he has owned for 20 years. He grew up on Grand Lake and has run…more

Towing company expects a busy holiday weekend

This coming holiday weekend, BoatU.S. Towing Services is projecting that 3,400 recreational boaters and anglers nationwide will need some type of on-the-water assistance. The biggest reason why boaters will need a tow back to a marina or launch ramp is likely the result of incomplete spring commissioning, as well as fuel that has gone bad…more

Survey says economy won’t deter boat use

In a recent BoatU.S. membership survey, 96 percent of respondents said the economic downturn would not lead them to “stop using their boat this summer.” “Last summer, high fuel prices kept some boaters off the water,” Nancy Michelman, BoatU.S. president, in a statement. “But this year, despite the economy, our members are largely optimistic and…more

New TowBoatU.S. location opens in Virginia

Capt. Peter Merrick, owner of TowBoatU.S. Ingram Bay in Kilmarnock, Va., recently opened a second location in Lake Anna, Va. “Boaters and anglers have been asking us for a long time when we would open up on the lake,” Merrick said in a statement. “Since we have professional captains and all the right equipment, they…more

BoatU.S. honors women in boating

The latest issue of BoatU.S. Magazine pays tribute to 11 women considered leaders in recreational boating. “More women are having an impact on recreational boating and sailing,” said Nancy Michelman, the magazine’s publisher, in a statement. “The 11 women who are the focus of our story have turned their passion for being on the water…more

Most popular, funniest boat names released

Seas the Day tops the list of most popular boat names, according to BoatU.S. The remainder of the top 10 are: Summer Daze, Second Chance, Aqua-Holic, Wind Seeker, Dream Weaver, Black Pearl, Hydrotherapy, The Salt Shaker and Sea Quest. The editors of BoatU.S. magazine also voted on the most humorous boat names. Here’s the top…more

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