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BoatU.S. By the Numbers

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Most press releases out of BoatU.S., the nation’s largest organization of recreational boat owners, don’t make the high-performance relevancy cut for inclusion on speedonthewater.com. But the latest release, which was sent to various media outlets this morning, meant to “kick-off the boating season this Memorial Day weekend,” is kind of fun because it breaks down the various elements and programs of the Alexandria, Va.-based organization by the numbers. Here’s a quick look at the most intriguing figures.

Membership

530,219—Total number of BoatUS members nationwide.

1,091—The number of businesses and marinas offering BoatUS members discounts, including fuel and transient slip discounts.

Boating Safety

1,085,503—The number of students who have taken the BoatUS Foundation’s free Online Boating Safety Course to date.

$1.3 million—Funding over the past 26 years provided to local community groups by the BoatUS Foundation Grassroots Grant Program that promotes safe and clean boating education.

Government Affairs

244—The number of groups, organizations, government agencies and legislative leaders BoatUS works with in an average year to support boaters’ interests.

27,769—The number of grassroots messages generated and sent to legislators in an average year by BoatUS Government Affairs on pending boating-related issues.

On the Water Boat Towing and Roadside Assistance

603—The number of towboats in the TowBoatUS/Vessel Assist towing fleet.

70,297—Annual requests to BoatUS Towing Services 24-hour dispatch centers for on water assistance.

209,212—Number of downloads of the BoatUS Towing App, which makes it easy to summon on water and on road assistance 24/7.

Boat Insurance

$7.4 Billion—The total hull value of all boats insured with BoatUS Marine Insurance Program.

$500—The amount the BoatUS Angler’s Best policy will pay up to for reimbursing a member should a claim cause them to miss or withdraw from a competition.

$500,000—The amount of liability coverage available per occurrence with the BoatUS Boat Yacht Policy.

Consumer Protection

$2,500—The average dollar amount returned to a BoatUS member who received a successful resolution from the BoatUS Consumer Affairs Dispute Mediation Program.

11,317—The total number of complaints filed and searchable in the BoatUS Consumer Complaint database since 1992.

Photo courtesy/copyright Jay Nichols/Naples Image

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