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.

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

New towing program for rental-boat clubs

BoatU.S. Towing Services introduced a new towing and assistance program for rental-boat clubs. “We are giving rental clubs a better way to protect their investment and ensure their member’s experience remains positive,” said Ann Sooby, marketing supervisor for BoatU.S. Towing Services, in a statement. To date, seven clubs representing 53 locations have signed up, including…more

New TowboatU.S. port opens in Tennessee

Capt. Shane O’Neal opened TowBoatU.S. Chickamauga Lake in Tennessee. TowBoatU.S. Lake Chickamauga is located at mile marker 477 at Island Cove Marina, and the port’s service area includes the Tennessee River 50 miles north and south of the marker. Stationed at the port is a 26-foot center console response boat. It is the third TowBoatU.S.…more

BoatU.S. seeks nominations for environmental award

The BoatU.S. Foundation plans to honor those who have made a significant contribution toward improving waterway health, and educating boaters on how to minimize their environmental impact, with its 2009 environmental leadership award. Any group, organization, company, marina or individual who has worked hard to make a difference is eligible for the 2009 BoatU.S. Foundation…more

TowBoatU.S. has two new Florida posts

TowBoatU.S. Cape Coral added two new Florida locations — one at the City Yacht Basin in Fort Myers and one at Fort Myers Beach in Siesta Isles. Company owners Capt. Richard Paul and Capt. Jay McMillin say the new ports will decrease response times for boaters seeking non-emergency help on the Caloosahatchee River east of…more

BoatU.S. captures Hurricane Ike’s damage

BoatU.S. has posted on its Web site exclusive video of the damage Hurricane Ike inflicted on the recreational boating community in Galveston, Texas. The video was shot by the BoatU.S. Marine Insurance Catastrophe Team as it recovered boats and processed claims after the storm hit Galveston Sept. 13. Click here to view the footage. “We…more

Groups team up for sportfishing ethics program

BoatU.S. and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have teamed up to reinforce the values of sportfishing through a public information campaign called “Ethical Angler.” The campaign is built around a code of responsible fishing practices developed by BoatU.S. that both organizations will promote. BoatU.S. chairman and founder Richard Schwartz and Fish and Wildlife Service…more

BoatU.S. lists Sea Ray as most popular boat

The Boat Owners Association of The United States says Sea Ray boats are most popular with its 650,000 members. Rounding out the top five are Bayliner, Wellcraft, Catalina and Grady-White. “Sea Ray, with 54,266 boats, is by far the most popular powerboat owned by BoatU.S. members, followed by Bayliner with 32,712, Wellcraft with 17,565 and…more

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