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.

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

TowBoatUS location opens in Tennessee

Capt. Jeff Walters, a Coast Guard-licensed captain who started Tennessee River Towing and Salvage as a part-time enterprise several years ago, joined the nationwide TowBoatUS towing program with the opening of TowBoatUS Fort Loudon/Tellico Lake. “Boating has always been my pleasure activity, so when I retired from industry I decided to make boating my second…more

TowBoatUS operator adds Florida location

Capt. Chris Shaffner has been assisting boaters along Florida’s Gold Coast for more than 10 years and has now expanded his business southward by taking command of TowBoatUS Boynton Beach. Shaffner now will have towboats near three busy inlets — Boynton, Lake Worth and Jupiter. With the inlets just 12 miles apart, the expansion means…more

BoatUS seeks marinas for litter-prevention program

The BoatUS Foundation is looking for more marinas to join its 2012 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program. Marinas have until April 6 to apply, and if selected they will receive a $500 grant to cover the cost of ash receptacles and a supply of portable ashtrays. “Just last year, 43 participating marinas saw an amazing 50…more

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