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BoatUS: Boat Motor Oil  Analysis Made Simple
BoatUS: Boat Motor Oil Analysis Made Simple
Wed, May 13, 2015 at 12:51PM by BoatUS

A lot goes on inside a boat engine, and akin to drawing blood, an engine oil sample analysis (OSA) can tell... Read More


If You Don't Want More Corn  In Your Gas Tank, Speak Up Now!
If You Don't Want More Corn In Your Gas Tank, Speak Up Now!
Thu, Apr 16, 2015 at 9:29AM by BoatUS

THE ISSUE: The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is the 2005 federal law that requires the blending... Read More


Analysis of Decade of Lightning Strike Insurance Claims and What It Means
Analysis of Decade of Lightning Strike Insurance Claims and What It Means
Sat, Mar 21, 2015 at 10:26AM by BoatUS

The odds of getting struck by lightning are about one in a million. But if you own a boat, the odds of it... Read More


Peer-to-Peer Boat Rentals:  What Do You Need To Know?
Peer-to-Peer Boat Rentals: What Do You Need To Know?
Sat, Mar 21, 2015 at 9:35AM by BoatUS

Airbnb.com maybe a popular “peer-to-peer” lodging site on the web, but if you want to rent a... Read More


Tax Provisions for Boats Extended
Tax Provisions for Boats Extended
Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 9:10AM by BoatUS

In an exceptional act of agreement, the recently departed 113th Congress did the right thing for boat owners.... Read More


Seven Tips to Get More  Out of a Marine Survey
Seven Tips to Get More Out of a Marine Survey
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 at 9:07AM by BoatUS

In 2013, over 955,000 boats changed hands on the pre-owned boat market. That meant for a nearly a million... Read More


Boater's Ten Safe and Clean Refueling Tips
Boater's Ten Safe and Clean Refueling Tips
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 at 10:57AM by BoatUS

Unlike an automobile, recreational boats have special safety needs when it comes to refueling. Stern drive... Read More


It's That Time OF Year... Hurricane season
It's That Time OF Year... Hurricane season
Wed, Jun 11, 2014 at 9:07AM by BoatUS

What can you do to increase the odds of your boat surviving a hurricane? Quite a bit, actually.

After... Read More


Annual List of Top Ten Boat Names
Annual List of Top Ten Boat Names
Sat, May 24, 2014 at 5:57PM by BoatUS

If a car’s vanity license plate can tell you a lot about the person behind the wheel, what can a boat... Read More


Florida Legislature Kills Anti-anchoring Legislation
Florida Legislature Kills Anti-anchoring Legislation
Wed, May 21, 2014 at 9:03AM by BoatUS

Sometimes it’s the middle of night, and often it’s only at the very last moment. But that’s... Read More


Florida Power Squadrons Receive Awards
Florida Power Squadrons Receive Awards
Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 9:23AM by BoatUS

At the US Power Squadrons (USPS) Annual Meeting held recently in Jacksonville, Florida, five Squadrons from... Read More


"Magenta Line" To Get a Safer Route With Help From Boaters
"Magenta Line" To Get a Safer Route With Help From Boaters
Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 9:19AM by BoatUS

It’s over 70 years old, a thin magenta-colored line appearing on over 50 different navigational charts... Read More


10 Pieces of Gear For Runabouts
10 Pieces of Gear For Runabouts
Sat, Jan 25, 2014 at 9:05AM by BoatUS

There’s a lot to be said for owning small runabouts, center consoles or bow riders. While they are... Read More


Now Is the Best Time to Get Your  DSC-Equipped VHF Hooked Up Right
Now Is the Best Time to Get Your DSC-Equipped VHF Hooked Up Right
Mon, Dec 9, 2013 at 11:35AM by BoatUS

Anytime is a good time to fix the important things, like having a fully working VHF radio on board. If you... Read More


"Hurt" Boats: The Top Ten Costliest Ways Boats Come To Grief
"Hurt" Boats: The Top Ten Costliest Ways Boats Come To Grief
Fri, Nov 29, 2013 at 2:59PM by BoatUS

It’s a cross between the CSI and Cold Case TV show crime dramas: taking a look back through the thousands... Read More


Learn Sailing With New Online Learn To Sail Course From Offshore Sailing School
Learn Sailing With New Online Learn To Sail Course From Offshore Sailing School
Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 9:05AM by BoatUS

Learning to sail just got easier. A new “Online Learn to Sail” course from America’s #1... Read More


Used Boat Buyers Beware: Are You Buying a Hurricane Sandy Boat?
Used Boat Buyers Beware: Are You Buying a Hurricane Sandy Boat?
Fri, Sep 6, 2013 at 9:16AM by BoatUS

With the fall boat buying season approaching, buyers looking for a pre-owned boat can often find deals as... Read More


Miss Manners Should Make a Visit  to the Boat Launch Ramp
Miss Manners Should Make a Visit to the Boat Launch Ramp
Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 9:52AM by BoatUS

Impolite, self-centered behavior could well describe a kindergarten sandbox at recess, but it also fits the... Read More


The Boating Dog's Days of Summer
The Boating Dog's Days of Summer
Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 11:32AM by BoatUS

Some dogs were born for the water, others less so. The key to boating with dogs, says Boat Owners Association... Read More