TowBoatU.S. opens new Lake Erie location

MONROE, Mich. – BoatU.S. has opened a new towing service location in. Monroe, Mich., the boaters’ association reported in a statement today. It is the 10th TowBoatU.S. port in Michigan and the 36th on the Great Lakes.

Located on Lake Erie’s western shore in Bolles Harbor, the port is owned by Capt. Vern Meinke, who is also owner of TowBoatU.S. South Shore in Ohio. TowBoatU.S. Monroe operates a 22-foot Zodiac fast response vessel with a distinctive white bow stripe and “TowBoatU.S.” lettering along the side and carries a full complement of towing and salvage equipment, including extra fuel and battery “jump packs” to handle every breakdown from running aground to running out of fuel, according to the association.

“This time of year we see boaters asking for on-the-water help after they’ve run out of gas, damaged an out drive, or had engine troubles,” said Capt. Meinke, who is also a former Great Lakes commercial fisherman and one of the first towing companies in the nation, having started in 1983. “We can also provide radio checks on Channel 9, and we encourage anyone to come down to our dock to check out our boat or talk about the local cruising grounds. We’re happy to help with any cruising advice or other boating matters.”

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