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.

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

BoatUS opposes North Carolina fee increases

BoatUS urged boaters Tuesday to oppose a bill in the North Carolina legislature that it said would significantly increase registration fees on recreational boats to raise revenue for coastal dredging projects. BoatUS said that although it is dedicated to preserving waterway access, it believes the bill places an unfair financial burden on recreational boaters while…more

BoatUS honors captains for lifesaving efforts

With more than 600 towboats spread across North America, the law of averages dictates that eventually BoatUS towing captains will be thrust into the middle of life-threatening emergencies. BoatUS Towing Services recently honored five of its captains — four with Meritorious Service Awards and one with the BoatUS Woody Pollack Lifesaving Award — at a…more

Towboat prevents drifting dock from causing damage

A covered dock containing 16 boats broke free of its West Virginia mooring last week, drifting five miles down a rain-swollen Kanawha River and narrowly avoiding a collision with a bridge before a towboat nudged it to safety along the riverbank. No major damage was visible to the dock or the boats, at least one…more

BoatUS consumer affairs director retires

After 26 years of fighting for boaters’ consumer rights, BoatUS Consumer Affairs Department director Caroline Ajootian announced her retirement. Seaworthy Magazine editor Charles Fort will assume the helm of the BoatUS Consumer Protection Bureau, the only consumer advocacy program dedicated solely to boaters seeking redress from manufacturers, suppliers or businesses, BoatUS said. It also offers…more

Longtime BoatUS editor retires

When he started working at BoatUS in 1977 as an eager warehouse worker, technical director editor Bob Adriance didn’t fathom the impact he would have on the thousands of recreational boaters he has helped through the years. Adriance found his niche with growing and improving the marine industry’s only boat damage-avoidance BoatUS publication, Seaworthy magazine.…more

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