Three out of four boat owners have a household income of less than $100,000 and, like many American families in the lingering tight economy, recreational boaters are frugal with their spending.
To help them stretch their boating budget, BoatUS now has more than 1,000 marinas and other boating and fishing businesses and service providers in the BoatUS Cooperating Marina Program that offer discounts on fuel, repairs, transient slips and even fishing guide services.
The discounts vary by the business: 360 marinas in the group offer up to 10 cents off per gallon of fuel, while over 320 marinas and boatyards offer repair discounts, and 600 offer up to a 25 percent discount on transient slip fees. Other discounts are offered at bait and tackle shops, boat storage facilities, restaurants, boat rental companies and ships' stores.
To find a discount in your neighborhood, go to www.BoatUS.com/ServicesLocator.