About us

The Ensign is the official magazine of United States Power Squadrons® — America’s Boating Club™. Published quarterly in both print and digital editions, The Ensign magazine provides trusted guidance on DIY projects, boat maintenance, cruising destinations, new products, USPS news and much more. We’re all about helping USPS members make the most of their membership and get the most out of boating.

Publications staff

Yvonne Hill

Publications Director

  • Advertising
  • Publications
  • Vendors
  • Author queries

Amy Townsend

Managing Editor

  • Submissions
  • Products
  • Photo contest
  • Social media

Tina Tibbitts

Assistant Editor

  • Classifieds
  • Subscriptions
  • Book reviews
  • Last Horizon

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