AT THE HELM
VOLUME XIX, No. 3, JUNE/JULY 2013
WE’RE SO THERE FOR YOU
A FEW YEARS AGO, I went to lunch with my husband, guessed what he’d order
off the deli menu, and was totally surprised with his “turkey club.” After years of
marriage, and many lunches, I had no idea Steve loved turkey enough to order it!
In talking with longtime BoatU.S. members, it struck me that many aspects of
what we do may be secret as well. For example, did you know BoatU.S. has a
professional boat-graphics shop? In addition to supplying the lettering for our
red TowBoatU.S. boats (Great Lakes, East and Gulf Coasts) and red BoatU.S. Vessel Assist
boats (West Coast), our graphics team is ready to help you design a colorful boat name,
homeport, and registration numbers. They even do lettering for yacht club or office doors,
home projects, car graphics, and larger custom graphic jobs.
Do you know your boat’s value? BoatU.S. Value Check will email you a free estimate of
its fair market value, or of a used boat you’re looking to buy. Want your new or used boat
documented with the U.S. Coast Guard? We offer settlement and documentation paperwork services. Looking for a surveyor, delivery captain, or fishing guide? We maintain lists
of accredited pros you can call. Are you having a tough time working through a problem
with a repair facility or manufacturer? Our BoatU.S. Consumer Protection team is well-versed in advocating for members to get fair results. Need help navigating local politics on
a boating issue? Call BoatU.S. Government Affairs, or check our grassroots tool kit online.
Wondering why DSC capability is a “must” on your next VHF? Our BoatU.S.
Foundation offers a VHF/DSC online tutorial. Also, get a free MMSI number to hook up
to that DSC radio, taking the “search” out of mayday calls. Looking to reduce your mail?
Sign up as an E-Member. We can also set up your automatic annual membership renewal.
Ever wish you knew a pro to help you solve a boat-system problem, or give advice on
a project? Check our BoatU.S. Ask the Experts site,
where members email questions to our tech team, and
our vast online Boat TECH archives of how-to articles.
For more than four decades, BoatU.S. has developed
these and other valuable member benefits.
Visit www.BoatUS.com or call 800-395-2628 to talk
with a friendly member services representative about
our programs, and try more of them this year. As for
me, I think I’ll try a turkey sandwich!
CHAIRMAN, PUBLISHER, FOUNDER
BOATU. S. PRESIDEN T
Margaret Bonds Podlich
CONSULTING EDITORIAL DIRECTOR
EXECUTIVE EDITOR Michael Vatalaro
MANAGING EDITOR Ann Dermody
TECHNICAL EDITOR Beth Leonard
Ryck Lydecker, Chris Landers
CONSUMER EDITOR Charles Fort
John Adey, Bob Adriance, Don Casey,
Elaine Dickinson, Tom Neale
PUBLIC AFFAIRS ASSOCIATE
MEDIA ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
PROOFREADER Regina Cruz
Rick Kelvington, Marcus Floro
DIRECTOR OF ADVERTISING
John Bratten, Advertising Sales Manager
William J. McVey, Jr.
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