Please select your home edition
Edition
Ancasta Ker 40+ 728x90

Boat owners have embraced a new sense of frugality

by BoatUS on 9 May 2014
About three in four boat-owning families have household incomes of less than $100K annually BoatUS Press Room
Almost five years after the recession’s arguable end, the summer recreational boating season in America has returned, and with it, the country’s boat owners have embraced a new sense of frugality. There’s a large misperception that boaters are 'rich', but hard data proves that boat owners are mostly middle class – at least in the US – says Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS). And now, more than ever, boaters are doing everything they can to save on the family boating budget.

'When the recession hit, the reality was that most owners didn’t get out of boating and instead, chose to save by making shorter trips or running the engine less, teaming up with friends for fishing trips, or other cost-saving measures,' said Scott Croft, BoatUS vice president of public affairs. As part of its membership program the advocacy and services group offers discounts on fuel, slips, repairs and other marine services, and Croft said the discount program has become a top member benefit.

'Our members tell us that looking out for their interests on Capitol Hill, or providing boat towing services, has always been important,' said Croft. 'However, helping them stay in boating by saving money is now more valuable to a larger group of boat owners.'

BoatUS members pay less for gas – from $.05 to $.10 off each gallon of fuel at 375 'BoatUS Cooperating Marinas.' Croft says the cost of a BoatUS or BoatUS Angler membership ($24/year) can sometimes be recouped after just one fill-up. BoatUS’ Cooperating Marinas also offer discounts on up to 25% off transient slip fees – essentially four nights for the price of three – and up to 15% on boat and engine repairs. About 1050 businesses and service providers, from sail lofts and engine shops to fishing guides offer a BoatUS member discount.

Local BoatUS membership discounts can be seen on a map at BoatUS.com/ServiceLocator. For BoatUS membership information visit BoatUS, or, for anglers, BoatUS.com/Angler.
Southern Spars - 100Mackay BoatsNaiad/Oracle Supplier

Related Articles

Boat International partners with NZ Millennium Cup 2018
Boat International partners with NZ Millennium Cup 2018 to celebrate superyacht regatta’s tenth anniversary Boat International Media, the global authority on superyachts and the luxury lifestyle that goes with them, has today announced that it will be partnering with the NZ Millennium Cup superyacht regatta, to be held in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands in January 2018.
Posted on 22 Apr
A Few Rays - What is Broad Spectrum Protection?
What is Broad Spectrum sunscreen? Ultraviolet rays only make up a small proportion of all of the sun’s rays. What is Broad Spectrum sunscreen? Ultraviolet rays (UVA, UVB and UVC) only make up a small proportion of all of the sun’s rays. UVA and UVB sun-rays are however the biggest contributors to skin damage from sun.
Posted on 19 Apr
Coast Guard urges boating safety common sense
Coast Guard reminds mariners that as the air temperature is warming the water temperatures are still dangerously cold The Coast Guard is reminding mariners Friday that as the air temperature is warming the water temperatures are still dangerously cold. With the rise in air temperature, the number of boaters, paddle craft users, and water enthusiasts taking to water activities also rises.
Posted on 15 Apr
A very difficult day - Got fuel to Cape Town
Well after my dismasting I have spent the last two days motoring North towards Cape Town trying to collect myself Well after my dismasting I have spent the last two days motoring North towards Cape Town trying to collect myself and to intercept Hong Kong container ship M/V Far Eastern Mercury who had been diverted by Maritime Rescue Coordination Center Cape Town (MRCC Cape Town) when I had issued a Pan-Pan during my dismasting.
Posted on 8 Apr
Lisa Blair heads to Cape Town under motor following dismasting
A PAN PAN was called at 0300 (AET) / 1900 (SAST) signalling an urgent threat to her safety and this remains in place. Lisa Blair has assessed the damage to her yacht, Climate Action Now, after being dismasted 895 nm south of Cape Town in 40 knot winds and seven metre swells early in the morning of April 4, 2017. She made a PAN PAN call over the radio at approximately 0300 (AET) / 1900 (SAST) signalling an urgent threat to her safety and this remains in place.
Posted on 4 Apr
A Few Rays- Calculate how long your sunscreen lasts.
Confused by SPF's? It’s easy to calculate how long you will be protected by using the following process. Exposure to the sun is a serious issue for all those who venture on the water. Confused by SPF's? It’s easy to calculate how long you will be protected by using the following process.
Posted on 2 Apr
Coast Guard joins Arctic stakeholders in historic forum
U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft joined leaders representing eight coast guards of Arctic nations U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft joined leaders representing eight coast guards of Arctic nations in signing a joint statement Friday. The statement adopts doctrine, tactics, procedures and information-sharing protocols for emergency maritime response and combined operations in the Arctic. The Arctic Coast Guard Forum is an operationally-focused, consensus-based organisation...
Posted on 24 Mar
Coast Guard Foundation announces tribute in New Orleans
Coast Guard Foundation announced that its Tribute to the Coast Guard District will be held at the National WW II Museum The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that its annual Tribute to the Eighth Coast Guard District will be held at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana on Friday, March 10, 2017.
Posted on 7 Mar
Coast Guard Foundation announces Scholarship Season now open
The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization, announced that it has kicked off its 2017 scholarship season. he Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that it has kicked off its 2017 scholarship season. Accepting applications from March 1st through April 15th, children of enlisted Coast Guard members may apply for annual scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.
Posted on 28 Feb
Coast Guard Foundation receives donation from Ice Hockey Team
Coast Guard Foundation announced today that it received a donation from the Guilford High School Ice Hockey Booster Club The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that it has received a donation from the Guilford High School Ice Hockey Booster Club for $2,568, to benefit the Coast Guard Foundation’s Fallen Heroes Fund and Scholarship Fund.
Posted on 25 Feb