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  • Grants Available To Help Pay For Visiting-Boater Facilities

    Boat U.S.|Sep 1, 2015

    Visiting boaters, whether staying over for just one night or a couple weeks, offer real economic benefits and add to the vitality of waterfront communities, marinas and boat clubs. But laying out the welcome mat can be challenging. Transient boat docks that are protected and safe for overnight tie-ups, deep-water channels, restrooms, and pumpouts - just some of the infrastructure necessary to draw visiting boaters - can be expensive. However, the Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program from... Full story

  • Paddle vs. Prop: 'Heads Up' When Boats Are Around

    Boat U.S.|Sep 1, 2015

    When it comes to enjoying the outdoors, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) has led the nation in growth with a 38 percent increase in participation from 2013 to 2014, according to the Outdoor Foundation's 2015 Outdoor Recreation Participation Topline Report. But, as these human-powered watercraft become more common in crowded harbors, busy waterfronts and other navigable waterways, sharing the water with both recreational boats and commercial vessels requires paddlers to up their safety game. With... Full story

  • Women's Sailing Convention Offers Range Of Sailing Topics

    Boat U.S.|Jan 15, 2015

    CORONA DEL MAR, Calif. - Do women sailors, when desiring to learn more skills, prefer courses taught by women instructors? Celebrating 26 years as the number one sailing education event for women on the West Coast, the Annual Women's Sailing Convention on Saturday, Feb. 7, proves that women-only educational opportunities are highly popular. With water and land-based workshops, the convention is full of hands-on courses for the beginner to the experienced, and returns to the Bahia Corinthian... Full story

  • Seven Tips To Get More Out Of A Marine Survey

    Boat U.S.|Jan 15, 2015

    In 2013, over 955,000 boats changed hands on the pre-owned boat market. That meant for a nearly a million boat buyers, hiring an accredited marine surveyor to inspect their potential dreamboat was often the first step after finding it. Boat Owners Association of The United States has seven tips on how to get the most from a marine survey: 1. The only good survey is a current one: Relying on an old survey is a bad idea. The marine environment isn't nice to boats and sometimes a "little"... Full story

  • Alabama Bass Trail, BoatUS Team Up For Towing

    Boat U.S.|Dec 15, 2014

    The red towboats of BoatUS' on the water TowBoatUS towing fleet will be getting busier in Alabama in 2015 as a new presenting sponsor of the Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series. The partnership teams up the country's largest boat-owners group and towing fleet for on water and roadside assistance with a 13-lake, team-style statewide fishing tournament that's now drawing anglers from six states - and growing. Discounts on BoatUS membership will be offered to competitors, and if history repeats... Full story

  • For Paddlers, It's High Season For Safety

    Boat U.S.|Oct 15, 2014

    It may be sunny outside with blue skies above, but waters are deceptively cold and unforgiving in the fall. For paddlers with just a few inches of freeboard to spare, getting wet this time of year can have serious consequences, so the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water has these seven tips for fall paddlecraft safety. Know How To Re-Board All paddlecraft are different, so before you hit a lonely, remote stretch of river or lake or bay, learn (in a safe place) how to get back... Full story

  • Ten Thousand Bucks Available For Best Safe And Clean Boating-Outreach Projects

    Boat U.S.|Oct 15, 2014

    Like the name implies, the goal of the boater-funded BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is to educate boaters about safe and clean boating. The Foundation is looking to fund Grassroots Grant projects that utilize new, innovative approaches that encourage safe and clean boating among the boating public. Organizations with the best ideas will be awarded grants of up to $10,000 to implement their project. However, applications need to be submitted by Jan. 15, 2015, and public... Full story

  • Life Jacket Type Code Labels Go Away: Clarification

    Boat U.S.|Oct 15, 2014

    Dear Editor: A press release issued Sept. 30, 2014, “Life Jacket Type Code Labels Goes Away” discusses the US Coast Guard’s recent move to eliminate on Oct. 22 the familiar Type I-V code labeling requirements for recreational boat life jackets. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) supports this move. We would like to provide some clarification and additional information to our original release: • Type coding is being removed as a USCG requirement as of October 22nd. However, man... Full story

  • Boater's Ten Safe And Clean Refueling Tips

    Boat U.S.|Oct 15, 2014

    Unlike an automobile, recreational boats have special safety needs when it comes to refueling. Stern drive or inboard powered boats have closed engine compartments where volatile gasoline vapors don't easily dissipate, and older gasoline-powered boats are the riskiest to refuel as their brittle fuel hoses can crack, leaving gas in the bilge after a fill-up. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has these ten tips to ensure a non-eventful refueling: Disembark: As soon as you're... Full story