BoatU.S. puts complaint database online:
The BoatU.S. Consumer Protection Bureau has launched an online nationwide database of consumer complaints and safety
information for BoatU.S members.
The database, previously available by phone
or fax, contains thousands of reports about boats, engines, boating
products, dealers, marinas
and related boating
services. The information is reported by boat owners, the Coast Guard, manufacturers, marine
surveyors and marine
“Whether you’re buying
a boat, trying to determine if a problem on your current
boat is widespread, or just curious, we can help,” said Caroline Ajootian, director of the Consumer Protection Bureau, in a statement.
BoatU.S. members can search the database by boat and engine
make, model, year, hull
number or serial
number, or by the type of problem. They also can register a new problem. The database has been used by the Coast Guard to issue defect recall
Boaters can sign up for a BoatU.S. membership
on the site at a special online rate of $14 — a $5 savings.