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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Photograph of the Week: Thailand's Very Rare Parrot Flower
Sep 22, 2013 - 12:02:20 AM
Photograph of the Week: Sailing into the Moon
Sep 15, 2013 - 12:02:05 AM
Photograph of the Week: Cherry Blossoms in Japan
Cherry Blossoms in Japan
Sep 1, 2013 - 12:02:12 AM
Photographs of the Week: Sightseeing around Maine
Aug 18, 2013 - 12:02:43 AM
Photograph of the Week: Rural Settings in Queensland Australia
Jun 2, 2013 - 12:02:18 AM
Photograph of the Week: Lovely Photographs for Lovely People on a Lovely Day
May 19, 2013 - 12:02:37 AM
Photograph of the Week: Snow art by Simon Beck
Feb 10, 2013 - 12:02:49 AM
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
Photo of the Week: Abigail's Hummingbirds
Sep 16, 2012 - 12:02:49 AM
Photo of the Week: 'Game Fishing' food chain
Aug 26, 2012 - 1:02:23 AM
"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
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
Lung Association's Trek Across Maine This Father's Day Weekend
This year's event boasts more than 2,500 event participants and 700 volunteers, with a goal of raising $1.8 million, making it the largest fundraiser for the Lung Association nationwide.
Jun 14, 2012 - 7:05:55 AM
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
SCYA Sailing Convention Feb. 4
The premier sailing convention for women will take place on Saturday, February 4th at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club in Corona del Mar, California.
Dec 23, 2011 - 6:15:49 AM
GuestRated.Com's 4th Annual Consumer Satisfaction Survey
of the two biggest national awards competitions for the campground
industry have been announced by GuestRated.com and the National
Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds.
Dec 10, 2011 - 7:10:50 PM
Bill in Congress Would Preserve Boating Access
December 1, 2011 -- 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 and
that's why Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine has introduced the "Keep
America's Waterfront Working Act of 2011" (H.R. 3109) in Congress.
BoatUS is urging boaters to ask their Congressional representatives to
sign-on as co-sponsors of the bill.
Dec 3, 2011 - 5:23:34 AM
The Low-Down on Ultra-Low-Sulfur Diesel Boat Fuel
Gaskets: When the transition was made to low-sulfur diesel (LSD) in
1993, there were problems with leaking gaskets. Newer gaskets that
resist leaking were developed, but there were some fears that the
gaskets might not stand up to ULSD. After talking to numerous marina
owners and engine manufacturers, leaking gaskets don't appear to be a
Nov 20, 2011 - 2:53:39 AM
Boat Owners US New President
Former Vice President of Government Affairs Margaret Bonds Podlich has
been named President of Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS). Her new role with the Association, which is celebrating its 45th year, broadens her responsibilities
Nov 16, 2011 - 6:00:04 AM
BoatUS Foundation giving away grants to boaters
Community groups, nonprofits and grassroots organizations wanting to keep local boaters safe and waterways clean are eligible for grants for up to $4,000 each from the BoatUS Foundation's Grassroots Grants Program. A total of up to $50,000 is available this grant cycle, which requires applications to be in by January 4, 2012.
Nov 9, 2011 - 2:30:18 AM
John Davis now headed for Forillon NP - Gaspe Peninsula
"These final days could be some of my toughest," says Davis, who is now 6,700 miles (10,800 km) and 37 continuous weeks of backcountry travel from his starting point in the Florida Keys last February
Oct 21, 2011 - 12:55:04 AM
Helpful Hints on avoiding 'Winter Damage'
During both 2010 and 2011, the U.S. received near record amounts of snowfall, including 2011's Groundhog Day Blizzard, which caused $1.1 billion in insured losses and more than $2 billion in total losses, according to the National Climatic Data Center.
Oct 19, 2011 - 5:27:01 AM
John Davis arrives in Maine on TrekEast's historic wildway journey
Conservationist on Appalachian Trail heading for Canada: John Davis who has reached Maine on his TrekEast, started in Key Largo, FL on February 3rd, 2011 and will finish mid-November in Canada's Gaspe Peninsula. TrekEast is the world's first 6,000+ mile man-powered journey up the eastern United States.
Oct 7, 2011 - 12:23:18 AM
Beware of Flood Debris Lurking Below The Surface
"The fact is that small boats moving at high speeds can be sunk easily by striking a submerged object, whether it's a tree, parts of buildings, fences, landscape timbers or other debris washed down in recent storms."
Sep 17, 2011 - 12:17:18 AM
What To Do With A Trailerboat In A Hurricane
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.
Sep 14, 2011 - 5:45:42 AM