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.

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

BoatUS backs tax reduction amendment in Kansas

BoatUS is urging Kansas boaters to head to the polls Tuesday and vote “yes” on a boat property tax amendment that would allow the legislature to reduce or even remove the personal property tax paid on boats. Currently in Kansas, recreational boats are filed in the “other” category of personal property and taxed at 30…more

BoatUS seeks grant applications

After funding more than $1 million in local boating safety and clean water projects for the last 21 years, the BoatUS Foundation’s Grassroots Grants program is more than doubling its maximum grant size to $10,000 for 2013. The foundation is looking to fund projects that use innovative approaches to educate boaters about safe and clean…more

BoatUS honors Coast Guard Auxiliary flotilla

On a remote lake in the hot Nevada-Arizona desert, being bigger isn’t necessarily better. One of the smallest U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary organizations, Flotilla 9-7 of District 11SR, was honored by BoatUS in August with the “Best Flotilla in the Nation” Award for 2011 at the auxiliary’s national convention in San Antonio, according to BoatUS.…more

BoatUS college fishing series debuts on NBC

Fans of collegiate bass fishing get their first look at the 2012 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Series starting at 11:30 a.m. EST today when the TV series debuts on the NBC Sports Network. Programming will start with coverage of the Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash and follow the anglers through the season, including the…more

BoatUS offers money-saving fuel programs

Gas and diesel prices are on the rise again and that’s leading boaters to look for savings, according to BoatUS. BoatUS members can get discounts of up to 10 cents a gallon at 340 BoatUS cooperating marinas and can earn 4 percent back with the West Advantage Good Rewards Program through West Marine. “While there…more

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