12If you and your friends fre- quentlygoouttogetherinyour own boats, take turns riding
with each other, taking the kids waterskiing, or anchoring overnight, if size allows.
SAVINGS: $300 PER WEEKEND
CLEAN YOUR OWN BOTTOM
13Next time you’re anchored in a protected, calm cove, con- sider cleaning your boat bottom yourself. If you’re healthy and can
swim and dive well (and the water’s warm,
or you own a wetsuit), invest in a mask,
snorkel, and flippers and have fun cleaning
your bottom and changing anodes during
the season. Removing fouling yourself for
one season saves fuel as well as the cost of
having someone do it for you. (NOTE: To
avoid the risk of electrocution or of being
struck by another vessel, never swim or dive
in a marina. Only swim or dive off a private
dock where electricity to the dock has been
shut off.) SAVINGS: $200
BOATU.S. MEMBER SAVINGS
Stop by a local BoatU.S. Cooperating Marina and you may save 15 percent off repairs, 25
percent off transient slips, or up to $0.10 per gallon off fuel. If you’ve got a 50-gallon fuel
tank that you fill up just five times a year, that covers the cost of your $24 membership.
Learn more at www.BoatUS.com/ServiceLocator
Trailer boaters, make sure you’ve got BoatU.S. Trailer Assist Roadside Assistance, the
on-the-road service that helps you get back on the road or gets you to a repair shop within
100 miles. It’s only $14, but could save you $250, the average cost of a roadside repair.
Take advantage of BoatU.S. membership discounts at West Marine where
a shopping trip earns you $10 back every time you spend $250.