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BoatUS Delivers Over 24,000 Boaters’ Comments Urging EPA to Stop Adding More Ethanol to the Nation’s Gasoline Supply Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) President Margaret Podlich (L) and Government Affairs Manager David Kennedy (R), delivered over 24,000 comments from recreational boaters to EPA Headquarters in Washington DC to urge the agency to …

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Boatbound has created a brilliant union between boat owners and potential boat renters. Boatbound is the nation’s fastest growing rental marketplace for boaters. They give boat owners the opportunity to safely offset the cost of ownership and upkeep by giving access to a growing pool of pre-screened clients who wish to rent a boat. These …

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Recalls Faulty Fire Extinguishers Whether you are cleaning your boat up from an epic season or just breaking it out for spring, take a moment to check your fire extinguishers and other safety equipment. I mention fire extinguishers in particular because Boat U.S. has just circulated a voluntary recall being made by Kiddie for certain …

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Two weeks ago, the 36-foot catamaran “Cata-Tonic” was 80 miles southeast of Southport, NC in a 20-knot breeze when without warning, the boat’s mast and rig suddenly crashed down on deck, dangerously spilling sails, mast and rigging into the sea. While none of the three sailors aboard were injured, the tangled mess soon became more …

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No matter what side of the coin you’re on, it’s clear the RFS isn’t working for recreational boat owners. Here’s a short video from the American Petroleum Institute, one of BoatUS’ partners, that says it best: Ethanol and Boaters Don’t Mix If you own a boat, you may have heard by now that a government …

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Incredibly 80% of DSC VHF Mayday Calls Have No Vessel Location This time of year, life gets a little slower for recreational boaters, perhaps freeing up time to fix the important things like having a fully working VHF radio on board. If you have a basic VHF, checking the connections for corrosion, inspecting the antenna …

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The people behind Seaworthy, an insurance publication with Boat US has compiled eight years of insurance claims and come up with the list of the top ten most expensive claims. They also give advice on preventing or reacting to the causes of these claims. Often prevention is the key to helping reduce the chances that …

Conservation

Since 2008 a partnership between the Boat US Foundation and the Berkley Conservation Institute has resulted in recycling enough fishing line to stretch to the moon and back 19 times. That helps visualize the 9 million miles of line that has been turned in by contentious anglers and recycled by these two organizations. Boat US …

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It’s been more than two months since Hurricane Sandy decimated a large portion of the mid-Atlantic and New England coasts, and one thing has become clear — despite the resilient nature of the people in the region, the recovery efforts will be ongoing for the foreseeable future. Talking to people who were affected and seeing …

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Hurricane Sandy Relief Shirt Superstorm Sandy dealt a devastating blow to the Northeast, especially to the fishing and boating industry. BoatUS called Sandy the single-largest marine industry loss since the organization began keeping track in 1966. It’s estimated that damage to recreational boats totals more than $650 million. When this natural disaster hit, BD wanted …

Conservation

The Christie Administration recently requested a federal disaster declaration for New Jersey’s commercial and recreational fishing industries, which sustained significant revenue losses and damages to its fleet and infrastructure as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Governor Chris Christie made the request for a declaration of a federal fisheries resource disaster to Acting Secretary of Commerce …

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Boat Owner’s Association of The United States (BoatUS), estimates that over 65,000 recreational boats were damaged or lost as a result of Hurricane Sandy. BoatUS also estimates the damage caused to recreational boats at $650 million, making the late October storm the single-largest industry loss since BoatUS began keeping track in 1966. “We are all …

For many recreational boaters, getting the right salvage and repair help for a damaged boat after a hurricane is a difficult proposition. Some insurance programs such as BoatUS will arrange and pay to have their insured’s boats salvaged. Other insurers will at least provide some assistance, but those without insurance don’t have anyone to lean …

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Sandy Boat Recovery Storm It’s barely a day since she struck the New Jersey coast with all her fury, and early reports indicate that Hurricane Sandy has caused significant damage to marinas, boat yards, boat clubs and boating infrastructure. All predictions are estimating the damage in the several billion dollar range. The Boat Owners Association …

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Boats stored for the winter in regions with consistent below-freezing temperatures have it best in heated storage facilities, except when winter storms bring power outages and the heat goes off. Suddenly, the boat’s motor, which is often not winterized or prepared for freezing temperatures, becomes a liability as water in the engine block freezes, destroying …

Boating

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) have initiated the first national database of vessel information. Similar to vehicle identification numbers, this new collection of boat manufacturing data can be used to assist in boat identification, helping to deter and prosecute crimes involving recreational boats. More than 500 vessels …

Boating

Top 10 Boat Names For 22 years and counting, the Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), has released its annual Top 10 Boat Names. The group polls its 500,000-plus members to come up with the list every year. This year’s top 10 features a few new names as well as several favorites: Boat …

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What To Do With A Trailerboat In A Hurricane ALEXANDRIA, Va. – As hurricanes approach the US mainland, it used to be that boaters on the coast only had to worry about making storm preparations. However, Hurricane Irene’s large destructive path recently showed that trailer boaters located far inland need to make preparations as well. …

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Working waterfronts, those parts of town at the water’s edge dotted with marine-dependent businesses like marinas, boatyards and haul-out facilities, are crucial to recreational boating. However, in some places they are struggling as municipalities grapple with development pressures and poor planning. That’s why Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine has introduced the “Keep America’s Waterfront Working …

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Early reports from Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) indicate that damage to recreational boats inflicted from Hurricane Irene could total more than $500 million. This estimate only applies to boats, not boating infrastructure. The storm effected vessels from South Carolina to Maine. The last hurricane to strike the US, Hurricane Ike (2008), …

Boating Safety

Whether you’re a private boater or fish on a sport boat, you should always know where the life jackets or personal flotation devices (PFDs) are kept. When you have a child on board, it’s even more important. Most boats do not carry PFDs for youngsters, so it’s best to bring a jacket that you know …

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West Marine, the nation’s largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, is accepting nominations for its third-annual Green Product of the Year Award. The company expanded the contest this year to include all of the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. The Green Product of the Year is a component of West Marine’s BlueFuture …

Marine Electronics

The nation’s largest boat owners’ group, BoatUS, hand delivered more than 15,000 comments from concerned boaters, sailors and anglers to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) asking the agency to protect the future reliability of GPS (Global Positioning System) across the United States. The agency is currently considering a request from a private company, LightSquared, to …

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ConservationFishing Tackle

Ready for a roadtrip? If you packed your bags, fishing rods and tackle box and headed across the country from Washington, D.C. to San Diego, you’d log nearly 2,700 miles. That’s the amount of fishing line that was recycled through the BoatUS Foundation’s Reel In and Recycle Program in 2010, which gives anglers an easy …