BoatU.S. (Boat Owners Association of the United States) is a major partner of the Coast Guard Auxiliary Association. As the Memorandum of Agreement, states, their partnership serves “to engage more boaters in the pastime of boating, to enroll more students in safety education courses, inform boaters about the importance of getting a Vessel Safety Check and to encourage active participation in the Auxiliary.”
Since 2012, BoatU.S has sponsored the Vessel Safety Check (VSC) program and decals.
The BoatU.S. website is geared primarily towards members, and among the service and benefits available to them are government representation, boat insurance, towing, loans, and lettering, classified ads, travel services and roadside assistance for trailerboaters.
Of especial interest to all Auxiliarists and boaters is the BoatU.S. Foundation, a 501 ©(3) nonprofit organization “dedicated to promoting safe and environmentally sensitive boating.” The BoatU.S. Foundation has the purpose of reducing accidents and fatalities, increasing stewardship of our waterways, and keeping boating a safe, accessible and enjoyable pastime.“
The BoatU.S. Foundation website contains a wealth of resources and information. For example, the Education Programs section includes links to the Boater's Toolbox, a VHF/DSC radio tutorial and free brochures.
The Clean Water Programs section includes the topics on recycling, fuel efficiency and alternative Fuel, invasive species, and more. The Boating Safety Programs area includes information about life jacket loaners for kids, EPIRB rentals, Grassroots Grants and more.
Grassroots Grants (which funded the blimp in the photo at right) award volunteer organizations up to $4,000 to promote safe and clean boating education. The Foundation has awarded over a million dollars to community organizations, yacht clubs, flotillas and squadrons, and seeks creative and innovative projects that promote safe and clean boating on local waterways.