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US Sailing supports Buzzards Point Marina

Posted by Boat US on Sun, Oct 04, 2015 @ 01:24 PM

October 2, 2015

Director Jon Jarvis National Park Service

1849 C Street NW Washington, DC 20240

Dear Director Jarvis:

On behalf of US Sailing, we are writing to our express concern over plans by the National Park Service to close Buzzard Point Marina in Washington, DC. Buzzard Point Marina serves the boaters of Washington, and provides a critical public access point in our nation’s capital to public waterways. US Sailing is the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of sailing, and supports a member base of over 45,000 sailors and boaters. We also provide services to well over 2500 local sailing and boating organizations by way of our education and safety programs. In fact, many of our members are tenants and proprietors of businesses on NPS lands, providing critical services to the boating public, and stewardship of our natural resources. There are excellent models around the country of public – private partnerships that provide economic sustainability, preservation of our national natural resources and valuable recreational services and resources to the public. The last thing our country needs is to discourage outdoor activity and awareness, and reducing water access does exactly this. As a NGB, we are a member of the United States Olympic Committee that includes 45 other NGB’s and dozens of Multisport Organizations (Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA, Boy/Girl Scouts) that collectively support 50+ million youth and adults involved in recreational sports. The biggest collective concern amongst all of these organizations by far is the increasing inactivity of our fellow Americans. Between 2007 and 2014 the number of inactive Americans grew from 70.4 million (25.4%) to 82.7 million (28.3%). This trend has huge implications on our national health, competitiveness and many other key issues. Boating is a unique activity in that it is active, builds awareness and respect for the environment and is enjoyed by families – together.

The closure of Buzzard Point Marina will directly eliminate this opportunity for many Washington residents. We cannot afford that. We should be encouraging access to national parks and points of recreation, not limiting visitor use. We are deeply concerned about the elimination of access to unique recreational space used by the public, particularly at a time when public access to the water continues to disappear and be privatized. We respectfully request that you delay the scheduled closure until a full and transparent assessment of current and future water-oriented recreational needs and challenges is performed, and the public - the owners of our national parks - have an opportunity to understand the issues and collaboratively develop a solution with the NPS. We recognize that the NPS faces challenges in maintaining and operating our natural resources, but simply closing the marina with no engagement with the slip holders or public is not solution that is true to the mission of the NPS. We strongly urge you to reconsider you decision and approach. Thank you for your consideration.



Jack Gierhart Thomas Hubbell Executive Director President of US Sailing

No-Cost “Boater’s Guide To Winterizing” Offered by BoatUS

Posted by Boat US on Wed, Sep 16, 2015 @ 11:32 AM

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Photo Caption: Unlike this vessel, boats that are properly winterized are most likely to enter next year’s boating season without damage and ready to hit water (credit: Jack Hornor).


ALEXANDRIA, Va., September 16, 2015 -- Water expands in volume by about nine percent when it freezes, creating a staggering force that can crack a boat engine block, damage fiberglass, split hoses, or destroy a boat’s refrigeration system overnight. As cold weather approaches, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) dug into its claims data and found that more than three-quarters of winter-related claims involved cracks in the engine block or the exhaust manifolds. Now, the national boating services, safety and advocacy group has available at no-cost a 15-page “Boater's Guide to Winterizing” that can ensure boaters don’t miss a step for any type of boat.

“Boaters up North know they need to winterize, so their freeze claims almost always involve poor winterizing,” said BoatUS Director of Technical Services Beth Leonard. “In the temperate South, the issue can be a case of no winterizing, or relying on a heater when the electricity goes off, usually when you need it most.”

The downloadable brochure addresses the reasons for more than 95 percent of the freeze claims handled by the BoatUS Marine Insurance Program in the past decade. Included are chapters on: Storing your boat - The options and the tradeoffs; a Winterizing Checklist to use as the starting point for creating your own boat’s winterizing list; Engines and Drives - The dos and don’ts; and Plumbing - Getting the water out, which is great for larger boats.

Additional information includes tips on choosing antifreeze, lessons learned from BoatUS Consumer Affairs about protecting yourself with a winterization contract, and green winterizing information.

The checklist is available at

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Two Common Chores for Diesel Boat Owners

Posted by Boat US on Wed, Jul 08, 2015 @ 10:29 PM


ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 8, 2015 – They are the lasting workhorse of many a cruising or sailing vessel, the inboard diesel engine. Some say they have a reputation for being finicky while others swear by their never-ending reliability. Either side you choose, there are two common chores that the owners of diesel engine boats need to be able to easily perform. Changing a diesel fuel filter and bleeding the fuel line of air are topics shown in two new helpful “how-to” videos by BoatUS Magazine. They can be found at:

How to Change a Fuel Filter on a Marine Diesel:

How to Bleed a Marine Diesel Engine:

“Bleeding a diesel engine of air is a misunderstood ‘black art’,” said BoatUS Magazine Associate Editor Mark Corke, “But it’s very easy to learn when we show you how to do it.” The videos are part of the magazine’s Practical Boater series that offers skills building, techniques and best practices to get the most out of boating.


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

BoatUS is the nation’s 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