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 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

BoatUS honors Florida tow operator

At the annual BoatUS Towing Services Conference, recently held in Tampa, Fla., Tower of the Year honors went to TowBoatUS Cape Coral, which is owned and operated by Capt. Richard Paul and Capt. Jay McMillin. The company has locations in Cape Coral, Fort Myers Beach and North Fort Myers, Fla. The company was honored for…more

TowBoatUS captains honored at annual conference

BoatUS Towing Services recently honored five of its TowBoatUS captains for their heroic actions with its annual BoatUS “Woody Pollack Lifesaving Awards” at the group’s annual conference in Tampa, Fla. The award is named after the well-respected towboat captain in the fleet, who died at an early age. “Sometimes the routine of a normal day…more

BoatUS supports working-waterfront legislation

BoatUS is urging its members to ask their representatives in Congress to co-sponsor the recently introduced Keep America’s Waterfronts Working Act of 2011. “Boaters rely on such small businesses to provide critical access to the water and essential services for their vessels and families,” BoatUS assistant vice president of government affairs Ryck Lydecker said in…more

BoatUS names advisory council members

BoatUS recently appointed four new members to its National Advisory Council. The new appointees are: • Capt. Mike Fields, president of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. A boating law administrator with the Kentucky Division of Law Enforcement, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Fields grew up boating on lakes and rivers in Kentucky…more

BoatUS issues report on low-sulfur diesel

As a way to reduce particulate matter, ultra-low-sulfur diesel, with 15 ppm or less of sulfur, was mandated for use in most vehicles, boats and machinery as of December 2010. However, ULSD has been around since late 2006, when 2007 model-year vehicles with more advanced emissions control devices began requiring its use in cars. The…more

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