VOLUME XVI, No. 2, APRIL/MAY 2011
Ever Onwards ...
et me brag just a little! BoatU.S. celebrates our 45th anniversary this
year. Although I wasn’t around when Richard Schwartz started out
in 1966 on his mission to defend the rights of boat owners nation-
wide, I’ve been here for 22 years and seen the Association survive
economic, legislative, technological, and other game-changing chal-
lenges. Through it all, we remain dedicated to Member Service, to working
exclusively for boat owners on proven and new ways to make boating the
best it can be. We remain the only organization in the country that puts so
many boating services into one, inexpensive membership, giving you access
to representation on Capitol Hill, 24/7 dispatch of assistance on the water
and on the road, low-cost marine insurance, a consumer protection bureau,
damage-avoidance information, boating safety information, equipment and
marina discounts…well, the list goes on and on and grows each year.
While much has changed in 45 years, representing boaters remains one of
our cornerstones. We work at the federal and state level on
issues that have the potential to impact the cost of boating, or
our ability to go boating, or what we call “the hassle factor”
affiliated with our water sports. Right now, we’re talking with
the Coast Guard about whether or not they should mandate
EPIRBs on all recreational boats more than three miles offshore,
and whether or not they should consider requiring adults on
certain sizes or types of boats to wear life jackets — big issues that impact all
American boaters. We expect to see proposed requirements for clean boating
come out of the Environmental Protection Agency; and we’re watching a range
of state proposals, from banning copper bottom paint, to closing certain boat
ramps, to making it illegal for anyone on your boat to have a beer while you
are underway. Our bottom line is that boating is a healthy family recreation,
and we will fight vigorously on your behalf to help you continue to enjoy it.
We continue to make boating safer through initiatives such as our online
boating safety course, created by our BoatU.S. Foundation, the first to offer
free boating safety courses online. To date 650,000 boaters have completed
this acclaimed course, which meets the mandatory education requirements in
more than 30 states. Our Foundation is also working to improve wear-ability
of life jackets, a goal to which BoatU.S. has long been committed. Here’s a
fun fact: Back in 1992, the Foundation conducted a two-year study on inflatable lifejackets for the U.S. Coast Guard that led to their approval of inflatables.
We still need more comfortable life jackets, and we’re working on that, too.
And in keeping up with the times, we’ve just
launched a free smartphone app. So if you have an
iPhone or Droid, you can instantly know your latitude
and longitude, and with the touch of a button share
that information with TowboatU.S. before we even
pick up the phone to answer your call for a tow.
Clearly we’re still passionate about our mission
to improve the recreation that we all love so dearly.
We’re in it for the long run. Hope you’ll stick around
for the ride. Thanks for your loyalty and support
though the past 45 years. We’re glad you’re aboard!
CHAIRMAN & FOUNDER Richard Schwartz
PRESIDENT & PUBLISHER
Nancy S. Michelman
the first to offer
free boating safety
EXECU TIVE EDITOR Michael Vatalaro
MANAGING EDITOR Ann Dermody
ASSOCIATE EDITOR Ryck Lydecker
CONSUMER EDITOR Caroline Ajootian
ELECTRONICS EDITOR Lenny Rudow
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Elaine Dickinson, Chris Landers, Tom Neale
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