NEWS From BoatUS
Boat Owners Association of The United States
880 S. Pickett St., Alexandria, VA 22304
BoatUS members have a new member benefit with Dockwa, a simple, online transient slip booking service.
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BoatUS – D. Scott Croft, 703-461-2864, SCroft@BoatUS.com
Dockwa – Bryan Barbieri, 508-340-1576, Bryan@Dockwa.com
BoatUS and Dockwa Partner for Transient Slip Booking Benefit
Tapping Into the “OpenTable” for the Boating Industry
ALEXANDRIA, Va., October 7, 2015 — Booking a slip, dock or mooring just got a lot easier for the 500,000+ members of Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS). A new partnership with Dockwa, an award-winning unified booking and marketing platform that greatly simplifies the transient slip booking process, now allows BoatUS members to find and book a slip with just a few taps on the Dockwa app – a seamless and secure process that streamlines communication and payment via an innovative digital platform that no longer requires reservations via email or phone.
As an exclusive BoatUS benefit, members using the Dockwa app or choosing to book online at Dockwa.com will have booking fees waived when arranging dockage at any of the BoatUS Participating Marinas. Discounts will be subject to specific marinas within Dockwa’s growing network. This member perk is in addition to the exclusive transient slip discount currently offered to BoatUS members, which typically reflects a 25% savings. BoatUS members can sign up for Dockwa with great ease and convenience by simply entering their membership number during the registration process where all applicable discounts will be automatically applied.
“This is the most convenient way for our members to book their transient reservations for docks and moorings,” said BoatUS Vice President of Membership Heather Lougheed. “No waiting for a call back, no voicemail or web forms to fill out. Just tap the Dockwa app, book and dock. You don’t even have to bring your wallet as payment is automated. If weather causes you to change your plans, it can be done with Dockwa’s easy messaging feature.”
The ease and convenience of the Dockwa platform has been positively received by early adopters within the marina and boating community. “Dockwa is the only mobile reservation service that really listened to our concerns,” said Tom Cox, General Manager and owner of the Constitution Marina in Boston, Massachusetts. “They have the technical know-how and the business acumen to make this next generation of marina software a success.”
Launched in May of 2015 in the New England region, the entrepreneurial team of eight rapidly expanded down the Eastern Seaboard with a growing network of over 175 marinas from Maine to the Bahamas. The platform has already begun west coast expansion with plans to expand to further develop to other parts of the country later this year.
Additional benefits for marina managers through the Dockwa platform include a user-friendly web-based dashboard that lets operators review and confirm reservation requests, customer relationship tools, management capabilities and an easy and secure method for collecting payment. The ability to aggregate and store customer information into an online database also creates opportunity to optimize operations and boost traffic and revenue.
For more information, go to www.Dockwa.com.
About Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS):
BoatUS is the nation’s largest organization of recreational boaters with over a half million members. We are the boat owners’ voice on Capitol Hill and fight for their rights. We help ensure a roadside breakdown doesn’t end a boating or fishing trip before it begins, and on the water, we bring boaters safely back to the launch ramp or dock when their boat won’t, day or night. The BoatUS Insurance Program gives boat owners the specialized coverage and superior service they need, and we help keep boaters safe and our waters clean with assistance from the non-profit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. For more information, visit www.BoatUS.com.
Dockwa is an award-winning unified booking and marketing platform that connects boaters to marinas in real time. This customer-oriented approach provides the marina and the boater an optimal and convenient experience for booking transient reservations. Boaters simply download the app, explore, reserve, and pay at their favorite marina in a matter of minutes. Marinas confirm the reservation, collect payment, and deposit the customer’s information into their intelligent database with a single click. Backed by a world-class group of angel and institutional investors, the company has raised $1.4 million in what has been called the “OpenTable for boaters and marinas.” Launched in May of 2015 in the New England region, Dockwa has rapidly expanded down the Eastern Seaboard with a growing network of over 175 marinas from Maine to the Bahamas. The platform has already begun west coast expansion with plans to expand to further develop to other parts of the country later this year. The team is based out of Newport, RI with offices in Boston, MA. For more information, please visit www.Dockwa.com.