BoatUS Reaches 10K YouTube Subscribers

ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 26, 2018 – With springtime’s arrival, more boaters are getting help with a variety of how-to and other boating topics by watching BoatUS videos at YouTube.com/BoatUS. The national advocacy, services and safety group announced today it has reached a milestone with 10,000 YouTube channel subscribers. The most popular video, “How to Trim Your Boat,” has nearly 600,000 views and makes this critical boat-handling skill easy to understand.

Most of the 100-plus videos on the channel were produced by the editors of BoatUS Magazine and cover a range of practical topics, all designed to make a boater’s life better. “We’ve been releasing new videos weekly since last fall,” said BoatUS Magazine Managing Editor Stacey Nedrow-Wigmore. “Topics include how-to, maintenance, boat handling, buyers guides, fishing, and more. They’re professionally shot and edited, and we keep them short so they’re easy to watch anytime. Each one offers something useful, whether you’re new to boating or have been on the water for years.”

Some of the more popular topics just in time for the start of the boating season include, “How to Repair Gelcoat,” “5 Outboard Maintenance Jobs People Forget,” “Beaching Your Boat So You Can Leave Again,” “How To Navigate Using a Smartphone,” and “How To Back Into a Slip.”

Visit YouTube.com/BoatUS and click “subscribe” to receive notifications when new BoatUS videos are posted.

Here’s a recent video post we here at Regatta Pointe Marina found particularly useful demonstrating a Pre-Departure Boating Checklist:

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BoatUS Warns Against Trump’s Proposal To Sell E15 Year-Round

ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 17, 2018 – A proposal by President Trump to allow the sale of E15 (15 percent ethanol) gasoline year-round has set off alarm bells at the nation’s largest boating advocacy group, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS).

E15 is prohibited by federal law for use in recreational boat engines, voids many marine engine warranties, and is currently banned for sale by the Environmental Protection Agency during summer months over concerns that it contributes to smog on hot days. Under the President’s April 12 proposal, however, a waiver to the Clean Air Act would permit the sale of E15 in the summertime at the same roadside gas stations where most recreational boaters refuel their trailered vessels.

“We are very disappointed,” said BoatUS Manager of Government Affairs David Kennedy. “The proposal to sell E15 during the boating season is a recipe for misfueling in the highest order and a giveaway to the big ethanol and corporate farming interests at the expense of America’s middle-class boaters. The little E15 warning label currently required on gas station pumps does next to nothing to protect boaters’ engines, and if a waiver is granted, it would dramatically increase the chances of E15 getting into a boat’s gas tank.”

“With ethanol, boaters continue to pay the price with increased repair bills, lower fuel economy and poor reliability. Instead of more ethanol, we need more effective misfueling-prevention measures that will educate and protect all consumers,” added Kennedy.

A study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory conclusively demonstrated that E15 damages boat engines, and 92 percent of readers of a prominent boating industrypublication reported in 2017 that they have seen damage caused by ethanol. A 2016 Harris Poll found that 64 percent of consumers were not sure or did not pay attention to the type of gas they used.

Boaters have long suffered under the Renewable Fuel Standard’s (RFS) mandate to increase the volume of ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply. BoatUS is asking boaters for help on the issue by posting a message to their congressman’s or senator’s Facebook page urging for RFS reform. This can easily be done by going to https://bit.ly/2H62s2p.

Passed in 2005, RFS requires the blending of biofuels, such as corn-ethanol, into the nation’s gasoline supply. To keep up with this mandate, in 2010 the EPA permitted E15 (fuel containing up to 15 percent ethanol) into the marketplace, but only for some vehicle engines. 

The more than half-million-member boat owners group supports fuel choice, including smart biofuels development such as isobutanol, and the availability of ethanol-free fuels that are increasingly more difficult to find. “As more ethanol-blend fuels fill up the pumps, the fuel that most boaters want for safe operation is being pushed out of the market,” added Kennedy.

BoatUS is a member of the Smarter Fuel Future coalition

Affordable On-Water Boating Training Course April 28, 29 In Pensacola

PENSACOLA, Fla., April 10, 2018 – Want to learn the basics of powerboating or brush up on your skills? The nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water together with Freedom Boat Club Pensacola offer an affordable and fun ‘Intro to Boating’ course taught aboard 21-foot powerboats on Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29, at the club’s location at 1901 Cypress Street.

Priced at $149 per person and starting at either 9 or 9:30 a.m., the three-hour ‘Intro to Boating’ course covers shifting and steering, basic docking, open-water handling and basic navigation. Class size is limited to three students per vessel, ensuring each student gets sufficient time at the helm.

The goal of the BoatUS Foundation and Freedom Boat Club Pensacola course is to address the high costs typically associated with at-the-helm training, making hands-on boating education more affordable. It also offers area residents the chance to try out recreational boating and give boaters the opportunity to brush up their skills before the summer boating season.

Space is limited. Must be 21 years or older. To sign up for a course, go to https://goo.gl/VM5tWu.

Dad’s Surprise 75th Birthday Party Was Wonderful

The entire process of planning my Dad’s surprise 75th birthday party with The Riverhouse was wonderful. Both Kris and Cindi were very helpful with picking the venue, choosing the menu and the setup of the Eagles Nest. The day of the party Cindi and her staff were very helpful and even went above and beyond to help with everything. The food was also amazing. I highly recommend The Riverhouse for anyone looking for a beautiful, affordable and fun venue!
 - Sarah L.

 

Rehearsal Dinner For Our Son’s Wedding

We are so pleased we chose The Eagle’s Nest @ The Riverhouse in Palmetto, FL, for the Rehearsal Dinner for our son’s wedding. The Event Coordinators were very helpful – answering all my questions and taking care of every detail I ask for. The staff went out of their way to take care of all that we needed. Overall – the experience was a delightful evening with family, new family, and friends. Thank you to all who made our time wonderful – and what a VIEW, such a plus+++
- Mary J
 

Celebrate Mother’s Day 2018 at the Riverhouse

RESERVATIONS ARE FULL FOR OUR 2018 MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH
Celebrate the mothers in your life and create special memories on the waterfront this Mother’s Day! 

Bring the whole family to enjoy our biggest and best Sunday Brunch Buffet of the year. We’re pulling out all of the stops to make this a meal worthy of the special women who help shape our lives

Reservations are strongly recommended.  Just call 941-729-0616 or come by or email us at Reservations@RiverhouseReef.com. Seating 10am to 2:30pm.
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Reservations are not set until you receive confirmation. The event sells out each year, so don’t wait!  Make reservations ASAP!

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