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 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

BoatUS sponsors Great Lakes regatta

BoatUS signed on as a sponsor of the Inter-Lake Yachting Association’s annual regattas. The regattas include the upcoming Sail Regatta, which runs Aug. 3-5, as well as Junior Bay Week, which sailed July 15-19, and the Power Regatta, which sailed July 20-24, according to BoatUS. The I-LYA represents U.S. and Canadian sailors on Lake Erie,…more

BoatUS marks towing milestone

BoatUS Towing Services recently reached a milestone with more than 300 TowBoatUS and Vessel Assist locations across the country, making it the largest boat-towing operation in the world. That’s according to BoatUS, which said that like its other locations, 14 recently added units are equipped to respond 24 hours a day. With half a million…more

TowBoatUS operator adds South Carolina location

Capt. Steve Little, owner of TowBoatUS Charleston (S.C.), opened a new port on Bohicket Creek on Seabrook Island. The new TowBoatUS port is about 40 water miles south of Charleston, where Little has operated a port for five years. “We serviced the area before,” he said in a statement, “but the average run time to…more

New owner for TowBoatUS location in Michigan

TowBoatUS in Port Huron, Mich., has a new owner. Capt. Chad Noetzel, the towing port’s hired captain for the last five years, purchased the business from Capt. Brian Williams, who remains the owner of TowBoatUS Detroit downriver, according TowBoatUS. The Coast Guard-licensed Noeztel is a Port Huron native and the former owner of Great Lakes…more

BoatUS offers pet insurance

BoatUS recently launched several programs for pet owners, including new insurance coverage through the BoatUS Marine Insurance Program. Effective June 1, the program includes $1,000 of coverage for injuries as the result of an on-the-water accident, as well as a death benefit at no additional cost. “At BoatUS, we know accidents don’t just impact your…more

BoatUS thanks boaters who joined GPS fight

BoatUS is thanking the 18,000 people who spoke out when a company’s venture threatened to interfere with GPS signals. LightSquared, backed by billions of dollars in funding, had plans to build a nationwide 4G broadband cellular telephone network, but tests showed the plan would interfere with GPS signals, BoatUS said in a press release. BoatUS…more

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