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VICE PRESIDEN T, BOATU.S
CONSULTING EDITORIAL DIRECTOR
MANAGING EDITOR Rich Armstrong
ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR
TECHNICAL EDITOR Tom Neale
Mark Corke, Charles Fort
CON TRIBUTING EDITORS
John Adey, Ann Dermody
Ryck Lydecker, Tim Murphy
Troy Gilbert (Gulf Coast)
Patricia Rains (West Coast)
Dan Armitage (Great Lakes)
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MEDIA ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
PROOFREADER John Wilson
Rick Kelvington, Marcus Floro
ADVER TISING SALES MANAGER
VOLUME XXIIl, No. 3, JUNE/JULY 2017
AT THE HELM
BY HEATHER LOUGHEED, VICE PRESIDENT & MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR
Over the winter, my husband, Matt, and I prepared for our maiden boating season by taking an online boating-safety course through the BoatU.S. Foundation to meet our Maryland education requirements. To increase my docking confidence, I also attended an on-water boating class at the Miami International Boat Show, hosted
by Discover Boating and BoatU.S., while Matt attended fishing seminars and flea markets
dreaming about “fresh-fish Fridays.”
As we got our Grady-White prepped for her May launch, we used BoatU.S.’s compre-
hensive spring commissioning checklist to make sure the safety equipment was up-to date,
thru-hull fittings in good shape, hose clamps secure, bilge pump float switches working,
and navigation lights, VHF, and GPS operational. BoatUS.com made it easy, with dozens
of archived magazine checklists, how-to articles, and resources.
As your membership organization, we strive to make boating more fun and safe and to
give you the best service possible. Lately, we’ve also been busy working on making it easy
for you to conduct business with us digitally – through our improved mobile app and new
online self-service center. Our new app still allows you to call for a tow and start the dispatch process by sending your location and member info straight to BoatU.S. But now it
also allows you to view your insurance ID card and policy details as well as file an insurance
claim – making your membership and insurance information just one phone tap away. Visit
BoatUS.com/App to learn more.
Our editors are also creating more great content tailored to your boating preferences. Visit
BoatUS.com/Update to ensure your membership information is up to date so you receive
one of our new eMagazines every month – Power Cruising, Runabouts, Sailing, or Fishing
(see page 59).
We’re active on social media, too, where we share important legislative alerts to keep you
informed of our efforts to protect boater rights, helpful DIY and maintenance articles, pictures of members on the water, and fun contests with great prizes. On the next rainy morning, visit Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and
like and follow us so you can connect with
BoatU.S. and fellow boaters. You’ll even see
pictures of me and my family aboard SeaRenity
– the overwhelming winner of the “name my
boat” contest in our April issue. Thanks to
everyone who helped choose her name!
All these initiatives are focused on allowing
you to interact with us how and when you’d
like. If you still want to call us, great! We’re a
phone call away, standing by 24/7 to help make
your boating better.
See you on the water!
Boating season ramps up,
and we’re ready
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