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TowBoatUS opens Upper Rappahannock location

An underserved portion of the Rappahannock River now has professional 24/7 on-water towing and assistance coverage with the opening of TowBoatUS Upper Rappahannock. “We can now respond faster to a vessel breakdown than we could have from our Gwynn’s Island or Reedville TowBoatUS locations,” says Capt. Chris Parker, who operates the three in addition to TowBoatUS Crisfield on Chesapeake Bay’s Eastern ...

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ABC 2022 officially kicks off

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The recreational boating industry’s annual advocacy event, the 2022 American Boating Congress (ABC), has kicked off in Washington, D.C. with full programming beginning today, Thursday, May 12 at 8 a.m. The NMMA is welcoming over 200 industry stakeholders to this year’s American Boating Congress, many of which will head to Capitol Hill on Thursday to meet with members of Congress ...

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BoatUS Foundation calls for grant proposals

Does your local organization or group wish to keep waters clean or improve boating safety and could use some money to make it happen? The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water Grassroots Grant program provides local groups up to $10,000 each to help educate boaters on safe and clean boating topics. There is no annual deadline to apply ...

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TowBoatUS North Padre names new GM

Capt. Justin Nesloney, owner of TowBoatUS Port Aransas, Texas, has appointed Capt. Chris Cummins general manager of Nesloney’s newest location in the region, TowBoatUS North Padre Island. “Capt. Cummins has been an asset from day one, steadily growing into leadership roles,” said Nesloney. “In his new role as general manager, he’s completely at the helm of our North Padre Island ...

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BoatUS makes free online boating safety course available

The nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water can help boat manufacturers, dealers and marina operators improve the customer experience and help make boating safer for everyone. A leader in boating safety for more than 40 years, the Foundation offers a free online boating safety education course at BoatUS.org/Free. Thirty-five states have approved the Foundation course to meet their ...

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Washington State Marine Excise Tax reflects industry input

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Last week, the Washington State Department of Revenue held a hearing to finalize the watercraft excise tax depreciation schedule. The Department of Revenue proposed a final rule which reflected input from stakeholders in the marine industry and placed less of a financial burden on boat owners than the originally proposed excise tax schedule. In June, MRAA joined regional and national ...

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Boating groups beat back proposed 250% registration fee hike in California

California’s recreational boaters could have been in for a shock with a proposed 250% recreational vessel registration fee increase being discussed among Golden State legislators. However, a coalition of boating groups led by Recreational Boaters of California (RBOC) and Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) successfully eliminated the fee increase from the state’s recently announced budget proposal. At ...

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Sea Scout Ship 1959 takes 2021 BoatUS National Flagship Award

Sea Scouts is a co-educational program from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) that teaches youth boating and leadership skills with on-water practice and outdoor, social and community service experiences. During the pandemic, local Sea Scout “ships” have faced significant challenges. One such group chartered in 2019, Sea Scout Ship 1959 Seafarers Commitment barely had a full year of activity before it faced ...

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U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Report shows some ways the pandemic impacted boating

The U.S. Coast Guard recently released the 2020 Recreational Boating Statistics, and reports of accidents, fatalities and injuries were significantly up over the prior year. While still under review, the Coast Guard believes that the primary driving factor for the significant increase in deaths was the significant increase in boating activity. The nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water looks ...

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New owner takes over TowBoatUS Anacortes

Capt. Chris Justice, a former hired on-water towing captain with TowBoatUS Tacoma, has chosen to strike out on his own and is the new owner of TowBoatUS Anacortes. “I knew I wanted to go out on my own, so when I heard about the opportunity, I immediately jumped on it, packed up my bags, and moved to Anacortes," said Justice. Asked ...

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