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.

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BoatUS offers tips for identifying Sandy-damaged boats

BoatUS put together used-boat buying tips to help consumers determine whether they are buying a boat that Hurricane Sandy damaged when sellers are not forthcoming about the boat’s past. Nearly a year after Sandy, some of the 65,000 boats that were damaged or lost in the storm are being sold on the used-boat market, either…more

TowBoatUS operator adds two Florida locations

Capt. Shane O’Neal, who owns TowBoatUS locations in Tennessee and Alabama, purchased two additional locations in Panama City and Destin, Fla. O’Neal, a former Georgia firefighter who once got stuck on the water with his family when his own boat broke down, began towing other people’s boats on Tennessee’s Chickamauga Lake in 2008. “A lot…more

BoatUS marks towing milestone

BoatUS made its half-millionth dispatch this month to member Caron Collins and her husband, William, after their 28-foot cruiser had engine trouble early in the morning about a football field away from their home dock at Charlotte Harbor, Fla. To celebrate the milestone, BoatUS is giving the Collinses a $500 West Marine gift card, a…more

Profile highlights life of towboat captains

As part of a Summer Shoreline series, the New York Times profiled two brothers who are towboat captains on New York’s Jamaica Bay — waterfront characters who make their living pulling boaters out of trouble. “All it takes is a credit card for an idiot to buy a boat and kill people,” Capt. Bernie Schachner…more

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VIDEO: TowBoatUS captain paints a tribute to his late mother

Of the approximately 600 BoatUS towboats in the United States, all are red — except for one pink one. When Capt. Brian Williams of TowBoatUS Detroit wanted to do something for his mother, he picked up a can of pink paint. The matriarch of the Williams family was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006. After…more

TowBoatUS adds two locations in Maine

Capt. Benjamin Graffius and his uncle, Jonathan Graffius, recently opened a TowBoatUS location in Kennebunkport, Maine, and purchased TowBoatUS Sebago Lake. The native Mainers opened their first TowBoatUS location last summer in Portland. Benjamin Graffius, a graduate of Mount Desert Island High School and the Maine Maritime Academy, has a Coast Guard unlimited masters license…more

BoatUS founder announces retirement

BoatUS chairman and founder Richard Schwartz announced his retirement from a 47-year run as the leader of the half-million-member boating association, effective July 1. Schwartz will pass the torch to BoatUS president Margaret Bonds Podlich and other key leadership staff, although he will remain chairman of the BoatUS board and chairman of the BoatUS National…more

BoatUS backs repeal of ethanol mandate in Florida

BoatUS is asking members to help repeal Florida’s ethanol mandate by asking Gov. Rick Scott to sign House Bill 4001. A state law that passed in 2008 requires that all gasoline sold in Florida contain between 9 and 10 percent ethanol. Although there is an exception for fuel sold for use in boats, the law…more

BoatUS awards grant to Annapolis non-profit

With overwhelming support from the Annapolis area community, Annapolis Green was awarded a Grassroots Grant from the BoatU.S Foundation for Boating Safety & Clean Water. The annual grant program is designed to help non-profit groups, associations, organizations and other waterway users help spread the message about safe and clean boating practices at the grassroots level.…more

BoatUS honors Virginia economist for waterfront work

Thomas J. Murray, an economist with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, was honored with a BoatUS Recreational Boating Access Award in recognition of his commitment to keeping the nation’s waterfronts at work for recreational boating and championing water-dependent businesses and industry that drives local economic development. Murray serves as Virginia Institute of Marine Science…more

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