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We cover San Diego Bay, Mission Bay, as well as the waters off of Southern California and Baja, Mexico.

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Unlimited Saltwater

$158per year

  •   24/7/365 Dispatch
  •   Service good on all boats you own, borrow or rent
  •   Serviced by Nation’s largest fleet
  •   Includes over 25 Additional Benefits & Discounts
  •   Highest Level of Rewards at West Marine Stores
  •   BoatUS Pays first $50 of Towing bill
  •   BoatUS Pays 100% for On Water Towing
  •   BoatUS Pays 100% for On Water Jump Starts
  •   BoatUS Pays 100% for On Water Fuel Delivery
  •   BoatUS Pays 100% for Soft Ungroundings
  •   BoatUS Pays 50% on Home Dock Tows
  •   BoatUS Pays 100% on Home Dock Tows

Unlimited Gold

$189per year

  •   24/7/365 Dispatch
  •   Service good on all boats you own, borrow or rent
  •   Serviced by Nation’s largest fleet
  •   Includes over 25 Additional Benefits & Discounts
  •   Highest Level of Rewards at West Marine Stores
  •   BoatUS Pays first $50 of Towing bill
  •   BoatUS Pays 100% for On Water Towing
  •   BoatUS Pays 100% for On Water Jump Starts
  •   BoatUS Pays 100% for On Water Fuel Delivery
  •   BoatUS Pays 100% for Soft Ungroundings
  •   BoatUS Pays 50% on Home Dock Tows
  •   BoatUS Pays 100% on Home Dock Tows

 

RESOURCES & NEWS

On the West Coast, BoatUS Rebrands Vessel Assist to TowBoatUS

Newly named TowBoatUS Coronado

Newly named TowBoatUS Coronado

ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 16, 2015 – In a move that aligns its on water towing services under one national brand, BoatUS is renaming its West Coast-based Vessel Assist towing fleet to TowBoatUS. The national boating advocacy, services and safety organization purchased Vessel Assist in 2003 and has since operated both recreational boat towing fleets under the membership-based BoatUS Towing Service program. The transition to TowBoatUS is expected to be completed by early 2016. “Other than a new name on the side of the towboat, BoatUS members and boaters needing assistance 24 hours a day will continue to get the same great, helpful and professional service from our local captains.” said BoatUS President Margaret Podlich. “There are no pricing changes for any of our annual on water towing plans.”

Prior to this re branding, BoatUS offered the recreational boat towing service east of the Rockies under the TowBoatUS banner. The move to rename the red boats of Vessel Assist – located in CA, AZ, OR, WA, HI and British Columbia, Canada – to the red boats of TowBoatUS emphasizes the towing service’s standing as North America’s largest provider of on water assistance with over 300 locations and 600 towing response vessels. Services include boat towing, jump starts, soft ungroundings and fuel drop-offs.

“Since our purchase of the Vessel Assist fleet, BoatUS members have seamlessly been able to use either towing fleet for any boat they own, rent or charter anywhere in the US,” said BoatUS Vice President of Towing Services Adam Wheeler. “We will continue to offer Unlimited Freshwater Annual Towing Service Plans for $72 and Unlimited Saltwater Annual Towing Service Plans for $158 – both include BoatUS membership.”

BoatUS Towing Services responds to over 70,000 requests for assistance from boaters annually. Unique to BoatUS’ West Coast towing service is a series of VHF radio towers, or “high sites,” connected to BoatUS’ 24-hour Costa Mesa, California regional dispatch center. At their high elevation dotting the tops of the coastal California mountain range, the sites provide VHF radio communications far out to sea beyond normal range – a distinct advantage over competing boat towing services.

BoatUS is also the only towing service that offers five ways to call for a tow: VHF radio, BoatUS Towing App, telephone (800-391-4869), SPOT satellite messenger and the DeLorme inReach two-way satellite messenger. For more go to BoatUS.com/towing.

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About Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS):

BoatUS is the nation¹s largest organization of recreational boaters with over a half million members. We are the boat owners’ voice on Capitol Hill and fight for their rights. We help ensure a roadside breakdown doesn’t end a boating or fishing trip before it begins, and on the water, we bring boaters safely back to the launch ramp or dock when their boat won’t, day or night. The BoatUS insurance program gives boat owners the specialized coverage and superior service they need, and we help keep boaters safe and our waters clean with assistance from the non-profit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. Visit BoatUS.com.

June 18, 2015 -
Richard

Eight Bells: BoatUS Founder Richard Schwartz Passes

“No One Did More for America’s Recreational Boaters than Richard Schwartz”

ALEXANDRIA, Va., February 13, 2015 — Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) Chairman and Founder Richard Schwartz, who created and grew the association to become the predominant advocacy and boater services organization for the nation’s recreational boat owners, passed awayWednesday after a short illness. He was 85.  Continue reading →

February 13, 2015 -

Tall Ship Falls Over: Could Your Boat Do This?

PROVIDENCE, RI, February 3, 2015 — When a tall ship stored on the hard at a boatyard blew over during last week’s brutal blizzard, the loud crash – unlike a tree in the woods – was heard by many. But now that the ship is lying on her side with a punctured hull and snapped mast, it will be an expensive recovery effort to return the boat to the water by next season. Continue reading →

February 3, 2015 -