BoatU.S. Celebrates 50 Years | Quimby's Cruising Guide

In 1966, boaters could buy a new mid-size cruiser for about $7,000, outboard engines had just surpassed 100 horsepower and the nation’s largest recreational boating group, Boat Owners Association of the United States (BoatU.S.), got its start thanks to the late Richard Schwartz, who saw a need to make boaters’ lives better.

His vision of offering representation, improving safety, providing quality service at competitive prices and saving boaters money was all rolled up in the “service, savings and representation” motto that remains at the core of the more than half-million member organization today.

“BoatU.S. has always been there for boaters and always will be,” said BoatU.S. President Margaret Podlich. “Whether it’s helping boaters have a safe day on the water, ensuring that boating taxes go to boating programs, offering competitive boat insurance coverage or having the largest on-water towing fleet in the nation, BoatU.S. is proudly the single source of exceptional service and savings. We’re steadfast in our commitment to protect boaters and their rights, making boating safer, more affordable and accessible.”

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