Please select your home edition
Edition
Nanni Diesel 2019 Leaderboard

BoatUS gathers group of advisers for annual debate on boating issues

by Scott Croft 3 Dec 2018 14:57 UTC
The BoatUS National Advisory Council with special invited guests and BoatUS, GEICO staff. © Scott Croft

A panel of distinguished boating leaders who serve as a sounding board for Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) gathered last week along with esteemed guests and BoatUS staff in Newport Beach to discuss key issues impacting recreational boating, including the changing boat-ownership model and shifting boater demographics.

BoatUS is the nation's largest recreational boat owners group in the U.S. with more than a half-million dues-paying members.

The group also discussed legislative issues that help keep the association's focus on the evolving needs of recreational boaters, including some who now get on the water without having to own a boat via boat-sharing clubs. The National Marine Manufacturers Association, U.S. Power Squadrons, National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary all provided updates on activities.

The volunteer members of the BoatUS National Advisory Council included Robert Baldridge, past chief commander, United States Power Squadrons; Ellen Bradley, senior vice president & chief communications officer, National Marine Manufacturers Association; Lenora S. Clark, former California Boating and Waterways commissioner and former Recreational Boaters of California president; Dean Travis Clarke, former executive editor, Bonnier Marine Group; Ray Durazo, incoming president, Recreational Boaters of California; Jim Ellis, National Advisory Council chairman and former president, BoatUS; John Flynn, principal, Squire Patton Boggs; Mark Brown, president, National Association of State Boating Law Administrators; and Bob Adriance, former editor, Seaworthy.

Joining the council's members were a distinguished roster of special guests, including Beth Newburger Schwartz, president, Epoch Communications and wife of late BoatUS founder Richard Schwartz; Vern Gifford, chief, U.S. Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety; and Jerry Desmond, principal, Desmond & Desmond and RBOC Legislative Counsel.

BoatUS leadership and staff included Kirk La, chief executive officer; Chris Edmonston, vice president, Government Affairs, and president, BoatUS Foundation; Heather Lougheed, vice president, Membership; David Kennedy, manager, Government Affairs; Morgan Neuhoff, senior program coordinator, Government Affairs;

Attending from BoatUS's parent GEICO were Chris Nowack, counsel; and Steve Parsons, vice president, assistant controller.

Related Articles

Affordable 3-hour at-the-helm powerboat courses
Want to learn the basics of powerboating or brush up on your skills? A partnership between the nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water and Freedom Boat Club Annapolis and will bring affordable on-water boat training courses taught aboard single-engine powerboats to the Bay Bridge Boat Show. Posted on 19 Mar
Save 50% on BoatUS Foundation boating courses
Affordable BoatUS Foundation courses help you get ready for the upcoming boating season With boating season just around the corner, now could be the best time to learn new skills by taking an online course from the comfort of your own home – and save some money. Posted on 12 Mar
The expired marine flare disposal problem
A system of safe disposal for expired marine flares Maine state representative Joyce “Jay” McCreight, Maine House District 51, has introduced an act that would establish and promote a system of safe disposal for expired marine flares, potentially solving an age-old disposal issue Posted on 21 Feb
BoatUS asks boaters to help Coast Guard members
With the partial government shutdown now more than a month old With the partial government shutdown now more than a month old, BoatUS recognizes the hardship members of the U.S. Coast Guard are facing by not receiving their paychecks. Posted on 25 Jan
Boat-towing Captains honored for lifesaving acts
Captains of the on-water recreational boat-towing service don't hesitate to act Six captains who acted as good Samaritans to save lives in 2018 were recently honored by their peers at a ceremony held at the annual BoatUS Towing Conference in Arlington, Virginia. Posted on 22 Jan
BoatUS: “Pay Our Coast Guard”
BoatUS is supporting bipartisan legislation to immediately restore pay for U.S. Coast Guard members With the federal government shutdown now in its fourth week, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is supporting bipartisan legislation to immediately restore pay for U.S. Coast Guard members. Posted on 18 Jan
BoatUS to make boat training more affordable
Hands-on boat-handling program to be held at 40 locations in 2019 Learning how to drive a boat takes practice. That's not always an easy or affordable thing to do, according to the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water – especially if you've never owned a boat Posted on 17 Jan
President Trump signs Modern Fish Act
What it means for the nation's 11 million saltwater anglers With President Trump's December 31 signing of the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2018 (Modern Fish Act), saltwater recreational anglers just got a big leg up when it comes to the federal management of the nation's fish stocks. Posted on 3 Jan
U.S. Coast Guard reauthorization
Includes look at improving 911 system for boaters A sign of the times, the U.S. Coast Guard reports that it's common for recreational boaters today to use cellphones to call during a boating emergency. Posted on 2 Jan
Top 10 most-watched BoatUS videos of 2018
You may think boaters prefer sitting on anchor all day If you judged boaters by what they like to watch, you may think they prefer sitting on anchor all day. But just because “How to Drop and Retrieve Your Anchor” was the number-one watched Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) video of 2018 Posted on 28 Dec 2018
Multihull Central Aquila 36 FOOTERRaymarine AUS 2018 Aug - Axiom - FooterMarina Exchange FOOTER 1