Online Survey Gathers Feedback from Boaters & Marina
Written by BOAT US Foundation   
Wednesday, 10 August 2005 05:14

As part of its national "Help Stop the Drops" clean fueling campaign, the BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety & Clean Water is asking for help from the marine industry in getting the word out about a simple 12-question survey available online at The short survey asks boaters to share their fueling habits and experiences. Responses are completely anonymous.

"If you or your organization have regular contact with the boating public, we need your help. We'd like to find out more about how minor spills happen at the fuel dock," said Margaret Podlich, Environmental Director at the Foundation. "We hope to come up with solutions to the problem and candid responses to this survey will be useful in the development of educational materials and programs for recreational boaters and marinas nationwide," she added.

The easiest way the marine industry can help spread the word is to download a free color flyer - also available at - and post it in a conspicuous area such as a bulletin board, marina clubhouse, restaurant or fuel dock. Designed to solicit survey participation, the flyer can also be reproduced for use in newsletters or added to billing statement mailings.

The goal of "Help Stop the Drops" is to reach boaters and marina fuel dock staff with "how to" tips and products to prevent drips while refueling. The Foundation is working with boaters, marinas and manufacturers to prevent unintentional fuel spills by helping to improve the way boats are fueled.

The BoatU.S Foundation for Boating Safety & Clean Water is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit education and research organization funded by the

voluntary contributions of the 600,000 members of BoatU.S., the nation's largest recreational boat owners association. The Foundation also operates the only NASBLA approved, free, online boating safety course, and a low-cost EPIRB rental program, and awards grants to nonprofit groups for boating safety and environmental projects.

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