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BoatUS Launches Peer-to-Peer Boat Insurance Program

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

BoatUS Launches Peer-to-Peer Boat Insurance Program
News from Insurance Journal:

BoatUS has launched a boat rental insurance policy available for rentals through Boatbound, a nationwide boat rental marketplace. The new Peer-to-Peer Boat Rental Policy covers the rental period and is designed specifically to meet the needs of this new and growing market.

According to BoatUS Assistant Vice President Ed Holownia, most recreational boat insurance policies don’t provide coverage during a rental. “For boats to become a viable part of the sharing economy, the insurance question had to be addressed,” he said.

Now three years old and with thousands of boats listed across the US, Boatbound has been the fastest-growing company in the boat sharing market, according to BoatUS.

Boatbound’s average renter is between 25 and 44 years old with five or more years of boating experience.

“Boatbound is fundamentally changing boating,” said Boatbound Founder Aaron Hall. “Finding a boat is now as easy as finding a hotel, and boat owners can share their boat when it’s not in use to offset boat, slip, and maintenance costs turning their boats into assets.”

With the new Peer-to-Peer Boat Rental Policy, BoatUS offers coverage to renters and protection to owners for rentals arranged through Boatbound.

Boat owners wishing to rent their boat through Boatbound must have an underlying recreational boat insurance policy……………. continues on Insurance Journal

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BoatUS offers tips on peer-to-peer rentals

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

BoatUS offers tips on peer-to-peer rentals
News from Boating Industry:

ALEXANDRIA, Va., – Airbnb may a popular “peer-to-peer” lodging site on the web, but if you want to rent a boat in your local area or away, you’ve got options, too. Boatbound.com, Boatsetter.com and Cruzin.com are just a few of the new crop of online websites offering a chance to rent a boat for the day or weekend. These services, which connect private boat owners to renters, can help owners recoup some expenses, and can also give non-owners a chance to get on the water with friends without the cost of full-time ownership. So what do you need to know? Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has some information for both boat owners and renters.

  1. Renters do not want boats that are not safe and or can barely get out of the marina, so these services are often better suited to newer vessels less than 10 years old. Older, larger or faster boats may require a survey or inspection. Rental costs vary widely based on boat size and location, and renters typically are required to have some boating experience as well as a deposit.
  2. These peer-to-peer boat rental websites generally handle every part of the transaction, including taking deposits and…………… continues on Boating Industry

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BoatUS: Take the Boat Winterizing Quiz

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

BoatUS: Take the Boat Winterizing Quiz
News from Lake Expo:

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — You’re putting the boat away for winter. So what half-truth, wive’s tale or tall story have you heard about winterizing a recreational boat? Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) helps to set the record straight.

Ethanol (E10) fuel and engines: If a boat has a built-in gas tank, it’s recommended to leave the tank as full as possible over the winter with a smidgen of room for fuel expansion.

TRUE: Leaving the tank nearly full limits the amount of moisture that can potentially condense inside on the tank’s walls as outside temperatures fluctuate, preventing phase separation of ethanol (E10) fuel. Note one caveat: If your boat is stored in a rack system or indoor storage, check with the marina. They may require you to empty the tank to minimize the risk of fire. TIP: Never plug a fuel vent. Ever.

Ethanol and phase separation: Come springtime, any phase-separated gasoline in the tank can be fixed by adding a fuel stabilizer or additive.

FALSE: Once gasoline phase separates, that’s it. Kaput. End of story. The only solution is to have a pro remove the contaminated fuel and water mixture and start anew — a difficult, hazardous and costly task for boats with built-in fuel tanks. However, it’s critical to use a…………… continues on Lake Expo

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Why Boats Sink: 10 Prevention Tips From BoatUS

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Why Boats Sink: 10 Prevention Tips From BoatUS
News from DigitalJournal.com:

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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.

Of all of the dock/mooring sinkings, 39% occur when some small part gives up the fight with water due to wear, tear and corrosion. When it comes to gradual leaks due to slowly failing parts, too many boats existed in a “zombie state” somewhere between floating and sinking, dependent upon the bilge pump, which merely postponed the sinking until the pump failed or was overwhelmed. This one is a no-brainer: lack of maintenance is the factor here.

For boat sinkings while underway, the most common cause (43%) is hitting something – a log, the bottom or colliding with another…………… continues on DigitalJournal.com

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BoatUS: Boating Community Comes Alive Memorial Day Weekend

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

BoatUS: Boating Community Comes Alive Memorial Day Weekend
News from Insurance News Net:

Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) May 19, 2014

After the brutal winter, there’s a mad rush for boaters to get back on the water for the summer boating season’s annual kick-off, Memorial Day weekend. But the nation’s largest recreational boaters group, Boat Owners Association of The United States(BoatUS) says “not so fast,” and urges boaters to be prepared by following these five tips:

   •  Ensure all safety gear – life jackets, radio, flares and other items – are ready to go. If you have the newer, more comfortable inflatable life jackets, be sure to open them up, inspect and test by filling with air and let them sit overnight to ensure they will keep you buoyant. A free Vessel Safety Check is offered by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and US Power Squadrons and can be requested by going to http://www.safetyseal.net.
   •  Avoid a springtime sinking by ensuring any drive gear such as outdrive bellows (inboard/outboard), shaft packings (inboards), livewell and engine cooling plumbing, or through-hull fittings are not cracked, rotted or severely corroded. Boaters, in their rush to get back on…………… continues on Insurance News Net

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BoatUS: Annual List of Top Ten Boat Names

Friday, April 11th, 2014

BoatUS: Annual List of Top Ten Boat Names
News from Gilmer Mirror:

A boat name can tell you a lot about the owner.

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ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 10, 2014 – If a car’s vanity license plate can tell you a lot about the person behind the wheel, what can a boat name tell you about the person behind the helm? Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) just released the national boating organization’s 24th Annual Top Ten Boat Names List and may have the answer.

The BoatUS list of Top Ten Boat Names:

  1. Serenity
  2. Second Wind
  3. Island Girl
  4. Freedom
  5. Pura-Vida
  6. Andiamo
  7. Island Time
  8. Irish Wake
  9. Happy Hours
  10. S…………… continues on Gilmer Mirror

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BoatUS recommends checking boats in winter storage following historic cold snap

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

BoatUS recommends checking boats in winter storage following historic cold snap
News from Lakenewsonline.com:

With temperatures now rising after record lows across much of the nation, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) says now may be a good time to check on your boat in winter storage, and has these five tips to ensure old man winter is kept at bay:

1. How low can she go? If your boat is stored in the water over the winter, are all of the above-water thru-hulls still well above the waterline? The weight of snow and ice can submerge above-waterline thru-hulls, including the exhaust (inboard boats), so start shoveling if you notice she’s sitting lower in the water — plastic shovels and brooms are best. It’s also a good time to check on your bubbler system.

2. Call me shifty: For boats stored on trailers, jackstands or cradles, ensure the boat hasn’t shifted. Boats on stands/cradles should be level, while those on trailers should be slightly bow up. Boats over 26 feet should have at least three jackstands per side, with plywood under each if the boat is on dirt or gravel — check to see they haven’t moved and are chained together to prevent them from being pushed away from the boat. You know the stands are in the right place when there is no hull deformation at the point of contact. If you see any problems with a jackstand, don’t t…………… continues on Lakenewsonline.com

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BoatUS names “Best” Springtime Goof-Ups

Monday, March 19th, 2012

BoatUS names “Best” Springtime Goof-Ups
News from Moberly Monitor Index:

So here’s a look inside the claims files for some of the more preventable mistakes that cause injuries around the boat yard every springtime, and some tips to avoid them:

 

#1 Don’t overload the ladder: At any marina each spring, ladders are as common a sight as channel markers on the ICW. Up. Down. All day long, boaters scramble on ladders to bring up supplies, fix things and prep their boat. Carrying heavy things, however, sometimes causes ladders to buckle. Lesson: have your own ladder and know its safe carrying load. It is also good to never face forward or have two persons on one at the same time, and understand that loose footwear such as flip-flops can snag on a ladder rung quicker than dragging a treble hook over Grandma’s shag carpeting.

 

#2 Jack stand missing: Painting the bottom of the boat to prevent marine growth is a common task for coastal boaters. However, there’s always a section on the hull where you can’t paint, usually where the jack stand supports the hull. Removing the jack stand to finish the paint job, however, almost always leads to an unstable boat, and using your shoulder to hold up the boat will get you to t…………… continues on Moberly Monitor Index

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BoatUS Marine Insurance Official Sponsor of INT League

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

BoatUS Marine Insurance Official Sponsor of INT League
News from ParamusPost.com:

By Mel Fabrikant    Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 11:16 AM EST   

Catching air together: BoatUS Marine Insurance and INT League

After launching its “Watersports Insurance Package” last year, BoatUS Marine Insurance has cemented a partnership with the INT League, also known as the “Little League of Watersports.” BoatUS has been named the official boat insurance sponsor of the INT League, which promotes family-oriented amateur waterskiing, wakeboarding, wake surf, wake skating and kneeboarding events for all ages in 27 states.

“INT’s grassroots competitions are designed to be non-intimidating and ability-based, with an emphasis on having fun,” said BoatUS Marine Insurance Vice President Mike Pellerin. “That fits well with our reputation of providing services that make boating better. With over 40 years of insuring boats, we’ve put everything that a watersports enthusiast would need into our package, which can be added to any of our policies for just $ 30.”
Among the BoatUS’ Watersports Package enhancements are increased coverage for expensive equipment such as skis or boards ($ 5,000), medical payment coverage for fami…………… continues on ParamusPost.com

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BoatUS Members Get Discounts on GEICO Auto, Home Insurance

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

BoatUS Members Get Discounts on GEICO Auto, Home Insurance
News from ParamusPost.com:

By Mel Fabrikant    Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 03:53 PM EDT   

The little green GEICO gecko is helping Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) members save money. Under a new partnership program, BoatUS members may receive up to an 8% discount on auto insurance, which is on top of GEICO’s already low rates, and may save on their home and renters insurance as well.

 “This is another reason why being a BoatUS member pays off,” said BoatUS Vice President of Membership, Heather Lougheed. “With over half a million members, we have the heft to negotiate the best discounts for our members, from auto insurance and travel discounts to special member rewards at West Marine and discounts on charter fishing trips, tackle and marina fuel, repair and transient dockage discounts.”
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