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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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Open Season: Important tips for healthy waterfowl hunting in boats

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Open Season: Important tips for healthy waterfowl hunting in boats
News from SouthCoastToday.com:

Wednesday will mark the anniversary of the tragic and fatal duck hunting accident on the Westport River on Jan. 7 of last year, when two men died and one survived. For those waterfowlers who brave the elements in small boats in the dead of winter, it’s a sobering thought.

Winter gunning for ducks and geese on the water is a time-honored tradition — launching duck boats and setting out decoys before dawn, and ducks on the wing silhouetted against a spectacular sunrise — are all part of the experience but it’s not without dangers. Even the most experienced outdoorsmen can “get caught in it.”

According to the most recent figures from the U.S. Coat Guard, hunters (and fishermen) have one of the highest boating fatality rates and open motor boats are involved in the highest number of boating fatalities out of all vessels. In 2013, boating accidents involving open motor boats resulted in 272 deaths, followed by canoes or kayaks with 109, pontoon boats and personal watercraft with 36 each, with cabin motorboats accidents resulting in 25 deaths.

Hazardous waters was the third leading contributing factor of boating accident deaths and of the 560 total boating fatalities in 2013 nationwide, 398 were due to drowning and 328 of those drowning victims…………… continues on SouthCoastToday.com

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Tips to protect your property from hurricanes

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Tips to protect your property from hurricanes
News from wwlp.com:

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (MEMA) – Throughout this year’s Atlantic Hurricane Season, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) urges homeowners and boat owners to protect their property from strong winds, damaging rains, and flooding that hurricanes or tropical storms can bring to New England.

“There are several steps which we can all take to help make our homes and property more storm resistant,” said MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz. “Early planning and preparation can be the key to your safety.”

Here are some examples of how to protect your property:

  • Learn the particular hurricane risks for your area. Find out if your home is subject to storm surge or inland flooding by contacting your local Emergency Management Director.
  • It important to “Know Your Zone “. As part of the Commonwealth’s hurricane preparedness campaign, MEMA, in coordination with the Army Corps of Engineers, FEMA and local public safety officials, Hurricane Evacuation Zone maps which are located on the MEMA website at

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Why Boats Sink: Ten best tips on prevention

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Why Boats Sink: Ten best tips on prevention
News from Sail World:

She seemed okay when you left her, after that last happy day, but a phone call a couple of days later telling you she had sunk destroyed all your sailing dreams for a long time to come. In fact, it could be the end of her. That’s because repairs on a sunken boat – whether unattended or underway – often cost more than the actual value of the boat.

So if you want to prevent a sinking at all costs, what can you do? Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), who, among their services to boat owners, offer insurance, are ideally placed to look at the reasons why unattended boats have sunk in the past.

BoatUS recently took its first significant look since 2006 at its boat insurance claims files and found that most sinkings were preventable. About two out of every three (69%) boats sink at the dock or mooring, while only 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.

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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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Five Top Tips for selecting the best boatyard

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Five Top Tips for selecting the best boatyard
News from Sail World:

How do you know that the boatyard in front of you is a good one? Recommendations from other boaters is the best way, but sometimes that’s not possible. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has been getting feedback from their members and have some tips.

1. Use what your eyes are telling you:
Sometimes it’s the little things that give you a sign that the yard you are entering isn’t the best. One BoatUS member took his boat to a repair facility and thought that the abundance of boats in the lot meant that the boatyard was popular. It wasn’t until after the yard started giving odd excuses for delays and then made him pay for hundreds of dollars of ineffective engine repairs before releasing the boat, did the member notice that few, if any, of the boats in the lot had been moved in years.

2. All recommendations aren’t the same:
Online recommendations are a mish-mash of good and bad: more reliable ones have real names attached and specific details in postings. Fellow boaters are likely the best folks to recommend a yard, but go one step further: be sure that the repairs are similar to what you need. Another option is to ask a marine surveyor.

These professionals are often knowledgeable about the quality of work in local repair yards, as long as they’re impartial and unaffiliated…………… continues on Sail World

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Insider tips for boat buying

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Insider tips for boat buying
News from Port Huron Times Herald:

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Tips to deal with storm-damaged boats; gray triggerfish season closed; some …

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Tips to deal with storm-damaged boats; gray triggerfish season closed; some …
News from al.com:

Welcome to my Cast and Blast column. My goal is to make this the spot where outdoorsmen and women find out what’s driving the outdoors conversation. It’ll be here Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings.

TIPS TO PRESERVE VALUE OF BOATS DAMAGED BY STORMS — Here are some useful tips from Boat Owners Association of The United States to get the recovery process started and to help preserve the value of boats damaged by this week’s storms and flooding.

1. If insured, notify your insurance company as soon as possible. If your boat is sunk or must be moved by a salvage company, it is not recommended that you sign any salvage or wreck removal contract without first getting approval from your insurance company. If possible, take photographs or videos of the boat before it is moved — these may help to quickly resolve your claim.

2. Play it safe. Damaged marinas could have fuel leaking from boats or other hazards, and understand that some facilities may need to temporarily restrict access until these hazards are taken care of. Only enter with permission and never climb in or on boats that have piled up together, are under damaged shed roofs or are hung up on…………… continues on al.com

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Tips to avoid boating problems in 2014

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Tips to avoid boating problems in 2014
News from Lake Wylie Pilot:

BoatUS has an eye toward 2014 with a how-to guide on avoiding problematic or embarrassing situations on the water.

“It’s hard to track some of these things, because no one likes to admit it,” said BoatUS Vice President Public Affairs Scott Croft. “But based on past experience, we know some of these boating ‘moments’ will happen to boat owners in the New Year, so we’ve gathered some tools and tips to avoid these troubles.”

• Hit the dock a little too hard: Wind, waves or current can foul up the best-laid docking plans. “How to Dock in Four Easy Steps” video at youtube.com/watch?v=DKc7ApaJCzQ can help. If you need more help, try the Dock-IT online docking game: BoatUS.com/dockit.

• Misjudge the weather: Some smartphone apps can help track summer weather patterns and keep boaters out of trouble. Check out “Weather Wonders: How To Know When To Get Off The Lake” at BoatUS.com/trailering/2013/february/WeatherApps.asp.

• Hit bottom: Whether it’s a motorboat prop or a sailboat keel, for many boaters it’s not a question of if you will strike the bottom, but when. The good news is most boat groundings are not serious. Boat owners can practice this winter staying out of thin water by using

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Tips for boat buying

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Tips for boat buying
News from Metro.us:

Experts from Discover Boating will be on hand at the Progressive Insurance New York Boat Show to help serious buyers find the perfect vessel for their needs. Credit: Progressive Insurance New York Boat Show

Whether you are new to boating, or a seasoned sea vet, bringing a new boat into your life is an exciting time. There are boats and payment strategies to fit every lifestyle. But don’t let the number of options overwhelm you! Here are some things to think about when getting ready to buy your boat:

1. Make choices based on your interests
There are about as many boating-related activities as there are boaters, so it’s important to think about what you’ll be using it for. There are boats that are best-suited for water-sports or racing, while others might be best for activities like fishing, day trips, or cruises. You can use the www.discoverboating.com boat selector tool to narrow your search by favorite activity, and number of people you’ll have on board.

2. Decide if buying new or pre-owned best suits your needs
There are pros and cons to buying new and pre-owned models. N…………… continues on Metro.us

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