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NORWALK, Conn.– Want to learn the basics of powerboating or brush up on your skills? The nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water together with Norwalk Boat Show and Freedom Boat Club Connecticut offer a choice of two fun on-water boat training courses taught aboard single-engine powerboats: Intro to Boating and Women Making Waves, from Thursday, September 19, through Sunday, September 22, at the show’s waterfront location at the Norwalk Cove Marina at 48 Calf Pasture Beach Road, East Norwalk.

Both the Intro to Boating and Women Making Waves courses are three hours long and affordably priced at $149 per person – student’s admission to the boat show is included. Intro to Boating covers shifting and steering, basic docking, open-water handling and basic navigation. It’s offered Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The ladies-only course, Women Making Waves, offers the same curriculum and is the perfect opportunity to spend half a day learning boat-handling techniques in a supportive environment. It’s also offered Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Class size is limited to four students per vessel, ensuring each student gets sufficient time at the helm under the watchful eye of a U.S. Coast Guard-certified instructor.

The goal of the BoatUS Foundation, Norwalk Boat Show and Freedom Boat Club courses is to address the high costs typically associated with at-the-helm training, making hands-on boating education more accessible. The courses also offer area residents the chance to try out recreational boating and give boaters the opportunity to brush up on their boat-handling skills.

Space is limited. Must be 21 years or older. To sign up for a course or seek out others, go to BoatUS.org/On-Water.

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About the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water:

The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating. Funded primarily by donations from the more than half-million members of Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the nonprofit provides innovative educational outreach directly to boaters and anglers with the aim of reducing accidents and fatalities, increasing stewardship of America’s waterways and keeping boating safe for all. A range of boating safety courses – including 36 free state courses – can be found at BoatUS.org/Courses.

About Freedom Boat Club:

Freedom Boat Club, a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) and headquartered in Venice, FL., is the world’s oldest and largest boat club with 195+ locations in 31+ states, Canada, and Europe. The club services more than 20,000 memberships representing over 40,000 members, and sports a fleet of more than 2,000 boats. More information about Freedom Boat Club and membership opportunities can be found at FreedomBoatClub.com.

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More E15 ethanol fuel available this Labor Day holiday weekend

SPRINGFIELD, Va.– With more ethanol than ever before being served up at the nation’s gas station pumps this Labor Day holiday weekend, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) cautions America’s recreational boaters to avoid filling up with “Regular 88” fuel on recreational boating’s traditional last summer hurrah. That’s because the latest gasoline blend may contain up to 15% ethanol (E15) – enough to harm the boat motor and void the engine manufacturer’s warranty.

The nation’s recreational boating advocacy, services and safety group says the increased potential for misfueling this holiday weekend is a combination of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent elimination of the three-and-a-half-month blackout period on the sale of E15 fuel in the summer months along with more gas stations carrying blends greater than 10% ethanol (E10) fuel at the pump. E15 fuel is often one of the lower-priced fuel options, and that may be appealing even with its lower energy content.

With a lack of consumer-friendly labeling at the pumps, BoatUS says dispensing E15 fuel accidentally into a boat’s fuel system is a concern. “Most recreational boaters refuel their vessels at roadside gas stations where pump-labeling requirements are minimal with just a small orange E15 warning label,” said BoatUS Manager of Government Affairs David Kennedy. “You add the clutter of video screens; signage advertising coffee, donuts and car washes; fuel pricing; and other myriad pump information, and consumers can become distracted. Before you know it, you have unfortunately put the wrong fuel in your boat.”

The increased use of ethanol in gasoline is a result of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) that requires the blending of biofuels such as corn-ethanol into the nation’s fuel supply. When the law was passed in 2005, lawmakers assumed that America’s use of gasoline would continue to grow. Since then, however, gasoline usage has not increased as forecast, which today forces more ethanol into each gallon of gas. To send a message to the President and your members of Congress to fix the RFS, boaters can go to https://bit.ly/2ZjhgIf.

 

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About Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS):

Celebrating more than 50 years, BoatUS is the nation’s largest organization of recreational boaters with more than a half-million members. We are the boat owners’ voice on Capitol Hill and fight for their rights. We are The Boat Owners Auto Club and help ensure a roadside trailer breakdown doesn’t end a boating or fishing trip before it begins. When boats break down on the water, TowBoatUS brings them safely back to the launch ramp or dock, 24/7. The BoatUS Marine Insurance Program offers policies that give boat owners affordable, specialized coverage and superior service they need. We help keep boaters safe and our waters clean with assistance from the nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. Visit BoatUS.com.

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