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.

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

BoatUS joins with NMBA on life jacket program

BoatUS Foundation’s Teens Afloat Program helps keep teens safe on the water by offering discounted vest-style life jackets for $5 to non-profit summer camps, schools or any local non-profit organization providing on-the-water educational programming for teens. Made possible through a donation from the National Marine Bankers Association, the goal of the program is to provide…more

BoatUS urges feedback on GPS decision

Although boaters view the Federal Communications Commission’s recent vote to revoke approval of a new broadband telephone network shown to interfere with the country’s sole navigational system as positive news, BoatUS said, “We aren’t out of the woods just yet.” The association is urging boat owners to continue to submit comments to the FCC by…more

BoatUS unveils list of popular boat names

BoatUS released its 22nd annual list of the top 10 boat names. They are: 1. Seas the Day 2. Nauti Buoy 3. Aquaholic 4. Dream Weaver 5. Pegasus 6. Serenity Now 7. Second Wind 8. Liquid Asset 9. Miss Behavin’ 10. Blew By You “A boat name reflects the life and loves of the owner,”…more

BoatUS sponsors vessel safety check program

The Coast Guard and U.S. Power Squadrons expect to complete more than 200,000 voluntary vessel safety checks this year, and BoatUS will sponsor the program for the next three years. “A vessel safety check is done as a courtesy and with no risk to the boater — you won’t be in trouble if discrepancies are…more

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