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Got an offer in the mail for $24 a year from BoatUS and was wondering if anyone has any pros/cons about membership?
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Re: BoatUS membership worth it?

Don't know about the West Coast, but out East, there's lot's of places they give a discount for members, from fuel, to dockage, to parts, plus you need it for TowBoatUS.
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Re: BoatUS membership worth it?

I use it for discounts in marinas, not towing. I figure that if if it's windy, I'm sailing and don't need/want a tow, if I'm motoring and the engine breaks and no wind, I can either anchor & fix whatever is wrong or secure my dinghy alongside and use it's engine to power me in or wait it out for a little wind. The towing option from Towboat US only pays for the first $50 of the towing bill, which would only be a minuscule part of the total bill unless you opt for the expensive version of the insurance.
Edit: If you have a powerboat, I would say get the high dollar option that would pay 100% of a tow.

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We have BoatUS unlimited towing. It paid for itself for the next five years with just one tow.

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Re: BoatUS membership worth it?

Boat U.S. has always seemed worth it to me. Their member publication/magazine is well written. The discount at West Marine help takes some of the sting out. I get my boat insurance through them and although I've not used it (they changed carriers/underwriter recently) the customer service is great. I get the tow insurance which is bargain for the peace of mind it offers. They understand boaters.
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We have BoatUS unlimited towing. It paid for itself for the next five years with just one tow.
Yep, same here. I would not be without this fairly reasonable insurance. I also like some of the discounts.

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Re: BoatUS membership worth it?

It's worth the investment in having an advocate for the industry/sport. The occasional discounts may or may make it pay. Towing insurance, which is available from various carriers, is pretty important, IMO.
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Re: BoatUS membership worth it?

Didn't Boat US buy up West Marine some years ago? Members Save Money at West Marine - Membership - BoatUS

My AMICA insurance comes with unlimited towing. In 38 years on this boat, I have never needed a tow. I've had engine problems three times, sailed into the slip each time, single handed. Ran aground four times, each time was able to free myself...3.5' draft.

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I have BoatUs Membership. I save 10% off of my slip each month. This amounts to $36.00 and I carry its tow insurance. I saw a 55 foot cabin cruiser in the Gulf Stream with the engines down and a medical emergency. The Coast Guard stood by until a tow boat arrived to tow the cabin cruiser back to Florida. The cruise liner we were on brought board the medical emergency and the on board doctor examined the person and then the ship transported them to Nassau. Yea for Carnival Cruise Lines and any other ship on the high seas that render assistance to boaters.

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Re: BoatUS membership worth it?

800-395-2628
boatus.com/membership
Special Offer Code HQ102T
$19.00 instead of $25.00, when joining ONLINE.

From their "BoatUS Guide to Marine Service" which is still online as a PDF file, although dated "Rev.12/06, TS007"

If the special offer code doesn't work...maybe they'd honor it if you mention it still is online. (Let us know.)
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