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  • Trailer Breakdowns

    Boat US|Sep 1, 2021

    BoatUS shows how you can eliminate them. To a boater, it's a cringeworthy sight – a boat sitting on a disabled trailer unattended on the side of the road, typically because the boat's owner has gone to seek help. While it's likely many of these incidents go unnoticed by the public, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) 24-hour dispatch centers reported 6,635 requests for BoatUS Trailer Assist roadside assistance service in 2020. With the summer boat trailering season at its p... Full story

  • USCG-Guard-Boating-Safety-Statistics

    USCG|Aug 1, 2021

    They reveal how the pandemic affected boating in ways just beginning to be understood. The U.S. Coast Guard recently released the 2020 Recreational Boating Statistics, and reports of accidents, fatalities and injuries were significantly up over the prior year. While still under review, the Coast Guard believes that the primary driving factor for the significant increase in deaths was the significant increase in boating activity. The nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water... Full story

  • Donating Your Boat

    BoatUS|Jul 1, 2021

    Why Waiting Until Year End Could Cost You Single engine center-console boats wanted for on-water training programs. Boat owners wishing to do good or take advantage of potential tax benefits may consider donating their boats to charity. Often this decision is made at the end of year just before the start of the new tax season. Waiting until the end of the year, however, could shortchange a boater's potential tax benefits, according to the nonprofit BoatUS Foundation and Boating Safety and Clean... Full story

  • On The Cover June 2021

    Carol L Allen

    As I began to gather material for this June issue, I was noticing that there is some optimism about scheduling and re-scheduling events. Is our long wait over? Can we really recreate again? So many events were cancelled last year and some will still need to be rescheduled, but overall, with caution and care, it appears the worst may be over. We hope so! Meanwhile, before the weather really heats up, it is an excellent time to go to our waterways. Lake Pleasant with all its amenities is a... Full story

  • BOATU.S. - "They've got your number!"

    BoatUS|Jun 1, 2021

    The boating association provides some interesting information re: recreational boating. The job of the nation's largest recreational boating advocacy, services and safety group, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), is to make boating better for America's recreational boaters. To help understand how they do it, here's an annual look at some noteworthy numbers behind the boating organization. BoatUS Membership 700,294: Total number of BoatUS members nationwide (annual dues: $24)... Full story

  • Boating Safety

    Boat US|Jun 1, 2021

    BOGO -- This spring, purchase a Cobra Marine VHF radio and get a complimentary one-year BoatUS basic membership. BoatUS/ Cobra Electronics Team Up To Enhance Boater Safety, Experience For a limited time, buyers of select Cobra marine radio products will receive a complimentary one-year BoatUS membership,exclusive savings on additional Cobra products, and more. Equipping a marine VHF radio aboard your boat can greatly enhance safety and communication, and a new partnership aims to offer additiona... Full story

  • Fshing Line Recycling

    Boat US|May 1, 2021

    BoatUS Foundation and Berkley Recast & Recycle Contest seeks new ideas, concepts. You've likely seen the fishing line recycling bins in many marinas and boatyards, but what really happens after that line is collected? Recycling it into new products is labor-intensive, requiring a series of workers to comb through, sort, clean, remove hooks and weights, and separate out encrusted debris from miles of entangled fishing line. There also aren't any recycling programs for fishing-related materials... Full story

  • U.S. Coast Guard Changes Renewal

    Boat US|May 1, 2021

    New rule will spare some boaters a yearly task: renewing their certificate of documentation. Of the nation's nearly 12 million registered recreational boats, those owners who federally document their vessels, or about 165,000 boats, will be spared the hassle of renewing their U.S. Coast Guard Certificate of Documentation every year as a result of recent rule change that now makes documentation valid for five years. The move was the result of Coast Guard cost-saving efforts and requirements set... Full story

  • Trouble-Free Boating

    Boat US|Apr 1, 2021

    Here's the essential BoatUS spring commissioning checklist. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) offers its updated Spring Commissioning Checklist to help boaters start the season right. The nation's largest advocacy, service and savings group also offers BoatUS.com/Spring, a new one-stop-shop for everything you need to know about the yearly ritual of recreational boat commissioning. A PDF copy of the checklist is available to download, print, and take to the boat with you. Be s... Full story

  • Fishing Line Recycling

    Apr 1, 2021

    This Could Help Spark An Idea That Increases Fishing Line Recycling $30,000 in cash prizes are on the line for best solutions. Winter is annual maintenance time for many anglers, and respooling with new line and recycling the old is a common task. Ever thought about what happens once you dispose of the old line in a fishing line recycling tube? It's not pretty. Turning fishing line into new products is labor-intensive, requiring a series of workers to manually comb through, sort, clean, remove... Full story

  • Engine Cutoff-Switch

    Boat US|Apr 1, 2021

    Applies to boats less than 26 feet operating on plane or above displacement speed. There are new engine cutoff device wear requirements for recreational boat operators as part of the January 1, 2021, passage of National Defense Authorization Act that included a U.S. Coast Guard Reauthorization. These devices, commonly referred to as engine cutoff switches (ECOS), are designed to prevent a boat-strike injury if an operator is accidentally ejected overboard while underway. Engine cutoff devices ca... Full story

  • First-Time Boat Owners

    Boat US|Mar 1, 2021

    If yours is in colder high country, here's how to do a midwinter checkup on your boat. Boating boomed in 2020, with thousands of first-time boat buyers desiring respite from the pandemic. Now many of these new boat owners are learning how to maintain and store their vessels for the first time. A midwinter visit to check on the boat − no matter if stored ashore in a backyard or a marina parking lot − is a wise thing to do. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has these four tip... Full story

  • BoatUS Videos

    Boat US|Mar 1, 2021

    Here's the 2020 top 10 list of practical boat handling and how-to boat maintenance videos. Learning how to trim a powerboat is a skill that many vessel operators seek to know, and BoatUS video viewership numbers back that up: "How to Trim Your Boat" was the No. 1 most-watched BoatUS video of 2020. In addition, two other top 10 videos of the year also focused on the topic of boat trim: How to Use Trim Tabs on a Boat and How to Get a Boat On Plane Using Trim. Here are the boating advocacy, service... Full story

  • BoatUS Makes A Difference

    BoatUS|Feb 1, 2021

    Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the national advocacy, services and safety group with more than 700,000 members, weighed in on a range of boating issues, debates and legislation affecting recreational boaters in 2020. As the boater's advocate, BoatUS brought the unique perspective and needs of the recreational boat owner to local governments, halls of state capitals and Washington, D.C. Here are some of the successes that BoatUS earned over the past year: The Sport Fish... Full story

  • Boat Survey For Safety

    USCG|Jan 1, 2021

    National Boating Safety Survey shapes local, national safety policy. An all-encompassing report on recreational boating activity in the U.S. is giving the U.S. Coast Guard, policymakers and the boating community the ability to shape smart boating safety policy into the future. Issued last week by the Coast Guard, The National Recreational Boating Safety Survey (NRBSS) looks at boating participation demographics, trends, boat use, at-risk boating populations, boating safety and more. The survey d... Full story

  • E15 Warning Labels

    Boat US|Jan 1, 2021

    Survey reveals the warning to avoid putting the wrong fuel in the tank is failing. With the boat in tow, you head to the gas station to fill her up. At the pump you find a fuel prohibited for use in boats, E15 gas, being sold alongside approved E10 fuel. What's to prevent you from misfueling? A little warning label about the size of a pack of gum that's often hard to notice, difficult to understand, and too often fails to protect consumers, said boat owners and other non-road-engine users in a r... Full story

  • U.S. Coast Guard Documentation Alert

    Boat US|Jan 1, 2021

    BoatUS advises boaters to be vigilant when renewing USCG vessel documentation. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is advising boaters with vessels that have a U.S. Coast Guard Certificate of Documentation to be wary of any letter arriving by U.S. mail offering renewal. BoatUS advises that while the Coast Guard does send official annual renewal notices by U.S. mail, other notices being received by members are not from the Coast Guard but rather third-party companies whose name... Full story

  • Holiday Gift For Boaters

    Boat US|Dec 1, 2020

    Last year, 76,418 recreational boaters had a reason to summon non-emergency, routine assistance from TowBoatUS, the nation’s largest on-water towing service for recreational boaters. Accidentally running aground, dead batteries and dead engines were the chief culprits. Instead of giving your favorite boaters a pair of socks for Christmas this year, give them something much more useful − the gift of 24/7 on-water towing from TowBoatUS. Like an auto club for recreational boat owners, a BoatUS Unl...

  • Fall Boating

    Boat US|Nov 1, 2020

    What's Different About Fall Boating? Follow these five boating safety tips to ensure a great day on the water. Other than the colors of trees and cooler temperatures, what's different about boating in the fall? A lot, according to the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water, especially when it comes your safety aboard. One big issue is there are fewer boats – often the quickest pathway to a rescue – on the water, so flagging down a good Samaritan just got harder. So what's your pla...

  • Boat Buyer Warning

    Boat US|Nov 1, 2020

    Here's how to spot the email warning signs. The boating season is drawing to a close, but the cold weather buying season will heat up soon. On snowy nights, potential boat buyers will hunch over computers and cellphones looking at boats for sale, dreaming of sugarplums and their first boat, while current owners with two-footitis seek a larger boat and look to sell. Nearly all boat buying and selling scams involve emails and they often contain clues to alert you. Boat Owners Association of The...

  • Safe Winter Boat Storage

    Boat US|Nov 1, 2020

    Pretty soon, millions of recreational boats will be put into winter storage to await next year's season. As they sit unattended for months, they can easily become a target for thieves. Will your boat be on a crook's hit list? Here are five signs that may welcome a thief as well as simple things you can do to thwart them, from Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS). 1. Leaving electronics aboard your boat mounted on a bracket over the winter is a sign that says "come take me."...

  • Boat Winterizing Checklist

    Boat US|Nov 1, 2020

    Here's everything else you ever wanted to know about putting away a recreational boat for the season (yes, even in the Southwest). Boaters in much of the U.S. and Canada, even in the colder areas of southern states, acknowledge the need to winterize their boat's engines each autumn. But what else can go wrong? Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) offers boat owners a free online resource. The website is chock full of winterizing checklists, tips, and a downloadable "Boaters...

  • Ice And Freeze Damage

    Boat US|Oct 1, 2020

    The clock to protect your boat in the colder areas of the Southwest is ticking. The fall months are the start of nation's boat haulout and winter storage season. As boaters prepare their vessels for a long winter nap, it's time to check the boat's insurance policy for "Ice and Freeze" coverage. This coverage is sometimes offered as a policy rider or endorsement and is affordable, so you may want to check your policy now. Yes, Even In Arizona For boats stored in states where below freezing...

  • PLB Use And Maintenance

    Boat US|Oct 1, 2020

    Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs), those pint-sized, individual rescue beacons used by boaters, sailors, and paddlers to summon emergency help have saved hundreds of lives since their authorization for use 17 years ago. That doesn't mean they are maintenance free, according to the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety. The boating safety nonprofit offers these simple tips to maintain and use a PLB. • PLBs need to be registered with NOAA. As a way to ensure accurate, up-to-date information, r...

  • Boating Safety Tips For An End-Of-Summer

    Boat US|Oct 1, 2020

    For the nation's 12 million boat owners, Labor Day weekend was the last blast, with many enjoying the end-of-summer boating ritual with family and friends aboard, according to Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS). The national advocacy, services and safety group cautions, however, that boating traffic and complacency have increased safety concerns every year. BoatUS's nationwide on-water towing fleet, TowBoatUS, often forecasts an increase in number of boaters on the water...

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