BoatUS - Boat Owners Association of The United States

10/15/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/15/2020 13:30

10/15/2020 - Last Chance for East Coast Boaters to Be Heard on Shallow Draft Waterway Aids to Navigation Survey

BoatUS is urging East Coast boaters to take the short, U.S. Coast Guard Aids to Navigation survey by November 1.
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SPRINGFIELD, Va., Oct. 15, 2020 - West and Gulf coast recreational boaters have already spoken. Now the U.S. Coast Guard is asking East Coast boaters, in a short, 5-minute online survey, to weigh in about the Aids to Navigation (ATON) system on shallow draft waterways - those East Coast waters less than 12-feet in depth. Time is running out though: The survey period ends November 1.

'BoatUS appreciates the U.S. Coast Guard for not only maintaining our country's ATON system that's critical to the safe navigation of nearly 12 million recreational boaters, but also for listening to their needs,' said BoatUS Government Affairs Manager David Kennedy. 'This can only help make for a better ATON system.'

Survey questions include the number of years of boating experience you have, where you boat and how often, the types of navigation tools you use aboard your vessel, and others.

The Coast Guard urges East Coast recreational boaters, government agency boat operators and commercial operators (fishing/construction/cargo) to take the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ShallowWaterWAMS.

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

Celebrating more than 50 years, BoatUS is the nation's largest organization of recreational boaters with more than 700,000 members. We are the boat owners' voice on Capitol Hill and fight for their rights. We are The Boat Owners Auto Club and help ensure a roadside trailer breakdown doesn't end a boating or fishing trip before it begins. When boats break down on the water, TowBoatUS brings them safely back to the launch ramp or dock, 24/7. BoatUS offers GEICO Marine Insurance policies that give boat owners affordable, specialized coverage and superior service they need. We help keep boaters safe and our waters clean with assistance from the nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. Visit BoatUS.com.