Ensuring Eagle Soars
And Sails ... Again!
The dust has settled, our vessel Eagle has been restored to pre-accident standards, and my shattered ego is returning to my usual role
as safety officer for two premier yacht clubs as well as marine safety
officer in many capacities in the USCG Auxiliary. My accident was the
most embarrassing event of the past 15 years or more.
Dealing with the realities of repair, insurance, and all the related
issues surrounding my accident would’ve been monumental had I been
insured with any other company. Of this, I’m certain! Your representative Joel Bernardo could not have been more timely, proficient, professional, or courteous. He, alone, made my mistake more bearable. Yours
is a first-class operation, worthy of the highest-ever brand of integrity,
follow-through, and help when needed, by your many members who are
fortunate enough to know the difference between knuckle-dragging inaction and straightforward assistance in completing a case.
I’ve now written articles and spoken at a number of clubs in
the Bay Area, and as a longtime PICYA delegate (Pacific Inter-Club
Yachting Association) have spoken to many in our 100-plus-strong
umbrella for all Northern California clubs, praising BoatU.S. Please
accept my heartfelt thanks for being my insurance carrier. What happened to me could happen to anyone. However, the outcome was surely
made far easier through Mr. Bernardo, a first-class asset at BoatU.S.
— Capt. Rick Saber
(USCG-Aux Marine Safety Vessel Examiner, Safety Officer)
San Rafael, CA
REMEMBER OUR $25,000 WINNER?
Kerry Watts, a member from North Carolina who won our $25,000
Wave of Fortune Sweepstakes last year, has used the money to get
a new boat! Watts and his wife Laurie (above) recently launched
their new 2011 24-foot Chaparral on Lake Tillery, where the family
enjoys spending time with friends. Watts’s old boat went to a close
friend — who is also now a BoatU.S. member. With your help,
BoatU.S. grows one member at a time!
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Keep In Touch With BoatU.S.
Make every day you spend on the water better with your
BoatU.S. membership. While you’re out enjoying your boat,
we’re working for you, staying on top of important issues that
To see all our services or renew online, visit us at
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