Outdoors Why Boats Sink: 10 Prevention Tips from BoatUS
When a boat sinks, that's likely the end of her. That's because repairs on a sunken boat often cost more than the actual value of the boat. So if boaters want to prevent a sinking at all costs, what can they do? Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) recently took its first significant look since 2006 at its boat insurance claims files to identify the causes of boat sinkings and found that most were preventable. About two out of every three (69%) boats sink at the dock or mooring, while the remainder (31%) sink while underway.
Jul 2, 2014 - 2:03:14 AM
Outdoors President Signs "Highway Bill for Boaters"
Acknowledging that recreational boating is a significant contributor to the nation's economy as well as a growth engine for local communities, President Obama signed bipartisan legislation earlier this week that recognizes that the Federal government needs to do more to help small harbors, address longstanding dredging issues, and improve boating and navigation infrastructure.
Jun 13, 2014 - 7:52:57 AM
Boaters can contact TowBoatUS Mexico Beach by hailing on VHF channel 16.. Much like an auto club for boaters, TowBoatUS offers nationwide on the water towing plans for saltwater boaters and anglers for just $149 a year that includes BoatUS or BoatUS Angler membership. Without a towing plan, saltwater boaters face costs that average $800 per incident nationally.
May 15, 2014 - 9:37:39 AM
The river, 70-miles long but just a half-mile wide at Sault Ste. Marie, runs between the Canadian border and Michigan's Upper Peninsula, connecting Lake Superior with Lake Huron via the Soo Locks. It is both a recreational boating hub, known for some of the best fishing in the region, and a major thoroughfare for 1,000-foot freighters heading to Great Lakes ports.
May 15, 2014 - 9:20:35 AM
Outdoors Towing vs. Salvage: What Boaters Should Know
While there is sometimes a fine line between the towing and salvage, there are a few clear indicators that point to each. With salvage, it is the existence of "peril." Historically and legally, salvage is any voluntary and successful rescue of a boat and/or its cargo from a peril at sea. Today that definition also includes avoiding or reducing damage to a marine environment. Salvage services are generally covered by insurance or out-of-pocket if self-insured and are much more expensive than a tow.
May 13, 2014 - 12:07:24 AM
Capturing the Beauty of Light/Colors/Shadows/Reflections early in the morning is so worth stopping for! - Bobby Hartford
May 11, 2014 - 12:02:36 AM
Outdoors I'm Your Life Jacket, But You Don't Know Me
You've never taken me out of my new packaging, or let me meet your family or friends. You barely even talk about me. Everyone knows where to find the fishing rods, the cooler full of drinks, or the sunscreen. But me? Hardly anyone knows I exist.
May 2, 2014 - 8:15:27 AM
Outdoors Recovery Tips for Boats Damaged by Tornados
ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 29, 2014 -- After yesterday's devastating tornados in the South and Midwest, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has these tips for affected boat owners to get the recovery process started and to preserve the value of boats damaged by the storms:
Apr 30, 2014 - 3:15:13 AM
Outdoors Late Spring Thaw Could Lead to Trouble for Boaters
With much of the waters in the northern US still choked with ice, the opening of the season has been delayed for famed tourist boats such as Niagara Falls' Maid of the Mist and the ferries to Michigan's Mackinac Island. The brutal winter is also delaying the start of the season for the $121.5 billion recreational boating industry, and Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) says the late spring thaw -- or "ice-out" as it's known to some -- could lead to trouble for boat owners.
Apr 24, 2014 - 7:45:09 AM
Outdoors Must Do Springtime Boat Buying Tips From BoatUS
Always get a professional marine survey: Surveys will uncover potential problem spots and can help with price negotiations. On a boat with expensive engines or generators, a separate engine survey could save huge headaches later. Make any purchase contingent on the survey. For a list of accredited surveyors, visit BoatUS.com/surveyors
Apr 17, 2014 - 12:05:32 AM
Outdoors Clean Boating Grant Project
ANNAPOLIS, Md., March 14, 2014 -- The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is looking to the public to help it select the winning projects in the competitive 2014 Grassroots Grants Program, which provides local non-profit groups up to $10,000 to help educate boaters on safe and clean boating topics. Anyone with a love for the water, boating and fishing is encouraged to go to either Facebook.com/BoatUSFoundation or BoatUS.org/grants/vote.asp to cast their vote. Of the six grant proposals listed, those with the most votes by midnight (EDT) on March 28th, 2014, will have their projects funded. A vote can be cast once a day until voting closes.
Mar 16, 2014 - 12:07:30 AM
Outdoors House Subcommittee Future of Federal Aids to Navigation
WASHINGTON, DC, February 5, 2014 -- In a hearing before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation held yesterday to review the future of the federal government's navigation programs and aids to navigation, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) submitted comments urging the federal agencies faced with lower budgets to keep the needs of recreational boaters in mind when looking at future savings and efficiencies. Aids to navigation include items such as floating and lit buoys, fixed markers, sound signals and range markers that allow boaters to safely navigate.
Feb 7, 2014 - 12:05:11 AM
Outdoors Atlantic Salmon Closed-Containment Workshop April 29-30
St Andrews, N.B.-- The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) and The Conservation Fund Freshwater Institute (TCFFI) will jointly host an Atlantic Salmon Closed-Containment Workshop on April 29 and 30 at ASF's headquarters near St. Andrews, NB. It's the second such conference held at ASF that brings participants together to hear presentations and discuss the technology and operation of this increasingly-popular method of farming fish.
Feb 2, 2014 - 12:13:30 AM
Outdoors High mortality during early Atlantic Salmon migration
St Andrews, N.B.-- Top researchers with the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) are trying to figure out why wild Atlantic salmon numbers are dropping dramatically once they leave their home rivers and head into saltwater.
Jan 16, 2014 - 2:00:37 AM
Outdoors Fairbanks, Alaska 2014 Official Visitors Guide
Located in the Golden Heart of Alaska, Fairbanks is the gateway to the vast Interior and the Arctic. Denali National Park (home to Mt. McKinley) is two hours away; the Arctic Circle is an easily accessible four-hour tour; world class hot springs are an hour down the road; a myriad of villages, refuges and parks are a short flight away and the alluring Alaskan wilderness is literally at our doorstep.
Dec 11, 2013 - 4:48:22 AM
Outdoors Conservationist Honored For Restoration of Maine's Penobscot River
St. Andrews, NB--The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) is pleased to announce that Laura Rose Day of Hallowell, ME has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the Lee Wulff Atlantic Salmon Conservation Award. The award was presented by Christopher H. Buckley Jr., Chairman of ASF's U.S Board of Directors, at a meeting in New York City.
Nov 16, 2013 - 12:30:09 AM
Outdoors Escaped Farmed Salmon Found in Large Numbers in NB River
St. Andrews - Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) biologists are concerned that the large number of farmed salmon showing up at the fish trap on the Magaguadavic River is indicative of a large escape from sea cages in the Bay of Fundy that has gone unreported by the aquaculture industry.
Oct 11, 2013 - 6:54:24 AM
Outdoors Planning a Cruise
More than 20 million people worldwide are expected to embark on cruises this year, according to Cruise Market Watch. The Caribbean tops the list of the five most popular destinations, followed by Europe, Alaska, Bermuda and Hawaii.
Feb 7, 2013 - 6:48:02 AM
Outdoors "Glamour Camping" Comes to Darien Lake
Darien Lake's glamping tents are being provided by ConTENTment Camping of Buffalo, N.Y. Company founder Pat Jensen said, "The best part about camping is enjoying the outdoors, sleeping in a tent, gathering around the campfire and feeling part of the natural setting. The worst part of camping is ‘schlepping' all of the equipment and sleeping uncomfortably on the ground. Our new instant camping takes you to a whole new level of fun and relaxation."
Jul 11, 2012 - 12:15:28 AM
Outdoors Clean Vessel Act Celebrates 20th Anniversary
Clean Vessel Act Celebrates 20th Anniversary Helping Recreational Boaters Keep Waters Clean. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced $11.4 million in grants to 24 states under the Clean Vessel Act (CVA) grant program. Since its creation in 1992, the CVA program has provided funds to States to construct, replace, renovate, and maintain facilities that assist recreational boaters in properly disposing of on-board septic waste.
Jun 15, 2012 - 3:10:03 AM
Outdoors June 4th -- A Day of Fishing with Urban Youth
On June 4, 2012, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will celebrate the start of the National Fishing and Boating Week and Great Outdoors Month with the 23rd Annual D.C. National Fishing and Boating Week Youth Fishing Event.
Jun 3, 2012 - 7:19:33 AM
Outdoors Fish Habitat Partners Celebrate Signing of Secretarial Mou
The Secretaries of the Interior (Ken Salazar), Agriculture (Tom
Vilsack) and Commerce (John Bryson) in March, signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) to promote collaborative, science-based conservation
of the nation's waterways and fisheries through the National Fish
Apr 13, 2012 - 6:44:42 AM
Outdoors Can Today's Boaters Learn Anything from the Titanic?
As the world solemnly marks the
April 15th centennial of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, boaters and
mariners alike can appreciate the vast improvements in maritime safety
that were a result of the tragic sinking.
Apr 11, 2012 - 8:52:56 AM
Outdoors Low Cost Life Jackets for Teens
The BoatUS Foundation's Teens Afloat Program
helps keep teens safe on the water by offering discounted vest-style
life jackets - at just $5 - to non-profit summer camps, schools, or any
local non-profit organization providing on-the-water educational
programming for teens. Now is the time to help your group get in on the
Feb 29, 2012 - 5:09:24 AM
Outdoors Public Comments to FCC Needed by March 1
While boaters view the FCC's
move on February 14 to revoke approval of a new broadband telephone
network shown to interfere with the country's sole navigational system
as positive news, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS)
says we aren't out of the woods just yet. It is urging boat owners to
continue to submit comments to the FCC by a Thursday, March 1 deadline
to ensure the nation's system of global positioning devices keeps
boaters safely on course.
Feb 24, 2012 - 9:47:54 PM
Outdoors GPS Interference Issues with LightSquared Plan
Recreational boaters who rely on
global positioning devices to keep them safely on course can breathe a
sigh of relief since the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
announced plans on Tuesday, February 14 to revoke conditional approval
of a proposed cellular telephone network that could interfere with GPS
Feb 17, 2012 - 5:30:03 AM
Outdoors Why Not Butanol?
ability to attract moisture and clog fuel filters, it's no wonder
America's boaters have not been thrilled with ethanol
in gasoline, which today is most commonly found as a 10% blend and
known as E10 at the gas pump.
Feb 7, 2012 - 5:50:18 AM
Outdoors Towboat Captains Honored for Heroism
While all had injuries, one 18-year-old was blue, not
breathing, and had an exposed open wound to the head. After loading the
young man aboard with the help of a Good Samaritan nurse and the boy's
mother, Dunn gunned the engines racing for shore while CPR was
Jan 17, 2012 - 9:13:15 PM