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 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

Divers find body of TowBoatUS captain

Divers recovered the body last week of a 38-year-old TowBoatUS captain from Cape Cod, Mass. John Redler was a licensed captain, working most recently as a subcontractor for TowBoatUS, according to the Cape Cod Times. “I understand he had just finished some tows and the weather wasn’t that good,” said Dan Carpenter, another Cape Cod-based…more

TowBoatUS location in Florida has new owner

When Capt. Dave Ludwick, who ran boat-towing services in Newport, R.I., and Naples, Fla., for more than 20 years, heard that the operator of TowBoatUS Steinhatchee, Fla., was retiring last summer, he jumped at the chance to buy the towing port. “My wife and I tried semi-retirement and we didn’t like it,” said Ludwick, 60.…more

Voting under way in BoatUS life-jacket contest

Voting is open in the BoatUS Foundation’s Teen’s Afloat Program, which offers discounted vest-style life jackets – at just $5 – to non-profit organizations providing on-the-water educational programming for young adults. Twenty-two local non-profit groups — from summer camps and sailing clubs to YMCA and Scouting groups — are entered in the contest to win…more

Loggerhead marinas join BoatUS program

All 13 Loggerhead marinas, from Daytona Beach, Fla., to Miami, are now part of the BoatUS Cooperating Marina Program. That means boaters looking to save on fuel and dockage can join BoatUS and get a 10 percent member discount on overnight slip fees at the marinas and enjoy a 10-cent discount per gallon of gas…more

Towing service comes to Oklahoma lake

Capt. Wade Silzer and Capt. Tom Benton recently started Grand Lake (Okla.) Towing, which joined the BoatUS on-the-water-assistance network. Silzer, who owns Rebel Marine and Captain’s Corner boat repair and storage facilities, and Benton, a marine surveyor with more than 30 years in the marine business, saw the need after a winter storm wreaked havoc…more

BoatUS official named to industry posts

Chris Edmonston, president of the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water, was recently appointed to several boating and fishing organizations. Formerly a member-at-large of the National Safe Boating Council, Edmonston accepted the position of vice chairman. The Maryland native also received an appointment to the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators’ Education…more

TowBoatUS location opens in Alabama

Capt. Jackson Dozier and his wife, Nicki, are the operators of TowBoatUS Lake Martin, Ala. A partner in the venture is Capt. Chris Shaffner, owner of TowBoatUS Palm Beach/Jupiter/Boynton Beach, Fla. Dozier, 32, got his start in the towing business by working for Shaffner as a captain. “I really liked it and I learned a…more

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