New BoatU.S. program targets freshwater anglers

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – BoatU.S. hasn’t been quiet about its desire to expand its freshwater members, and now it has launched a new program designed to do just that.

The boater organization’s new fishing membership program, BoatU.S. Angler, is a customized program of services for anyone with a freshwater fishing boat (up to 26-feet) that provides, among other things, 24/7 assistance with just one phone call.

Starting at with introductory pricing of only $12.50 a year, BoatU.S. Angler pays up to $150 per roadside incident or breakdown including flat tire assistance, fuel delivery, lock-out service, jump starts and ramp winching service as well as on-the-water tows, jump starts and fuel delivery.

“This is the first comprehensive 24/7 assistance program that covers both the tow vehicle and boat trailer when they’re broken down on the side of the road as well as your boat on the water,” said Mike Pellerin, director of the new program. “Most auto clubs only cover tow vehicles, potentially forcing anglers to leave an expensive fishing rig on the side of the road unattended.”

Other member benefits include up to $40 a year in launch ramp rebates, a full year of BoatU.S. Trailering magazine, a BoatU.S. Angler newsletter full of tips and safety information, money saving reward certificates at West Marine stores, and discounts on fuel and repairs at over 850 marinas across the U.S. A special Web site, www.BoatUSAngler.com, offers fishing tips from experts, safety and fishing boat maintenance tips and more.

For $29 annually, fishermen can upgrade to BoatU.S. Angler Plus, which offers all of the BoatU.S. Angler benefits but includes up to 100 miles of on-the-road towing to the closest repair facility and up to 30 miles of on-the-water towing.

The BoatU.S. Angler membership program also offers access to fishing boat insurance that includes $5,000 in fishing gear coverage and “cruising areas” for those who frequently trailer their boat from state to state. The insurance also includes liability coverage – a requirement for most fishing tournaments – and entry fee reimbursement in case an insurance claim prevents a boater from making it to the event.

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