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TowBoatUS Beaufort, N.C. cleans up marine debris

Marine debris cleanup

The town of Beaufort, North Carolina, and the adjacent Rachel Carson Reserve knew they had a problem with abandoned vessels. For years, a pristine set of barrier islands had become an illegal dumping ground for old boats, tires and other debris. Local on-water boat towing and assistance company TowBoatUS Beaufort not only wanted to help remove the mess, but owner Capt. Lee Sykes offered ...

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TowBoatUS Islamorada named Tower of the Year

A local business that helps boaters with routine on water assistance was recognized for its professionalism at the 2020 BoatUS Towing Services Annual Conference held in Orlando, Florida. TowBoatUS Islamorada, which is owned and operated by Capt. Carlos Galindo and Ilene Perez, took “Tower of the Year” honors besting more than 100 TowBoatUS companies. Upon receiving the honor Perez said, “A ...

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Rendering aid: How to safely tow other boats

You’re on your way home, feeling the last warmth of the sun as it kisses the horizon, when the cellphone rings. A buddy, with his wife and three kids aboard, can’t get his motor started, and there isn’t a commercial towing vessel nearby. Consider this advice before offering a tow back to port. Boat and Gear Limitations Your cleats and ...

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TowBoatUS captains honored for lifesaving acts

When recreational boaters need a tow home, a battery jump or fuel drop-off, captains from the red TowBoatUS on-the-water towing fleet are there 24-hours a day to provide routine assistance. When recreational boaters are in grave trouble, TowBoatUS captains don’t hesitate to act. Ten TowBoatUS captains who acted as Good Samaritans to save lives in 2017 were recently honored by ...

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TowBoatUS opens in the Caribbean

Capt. Robert Manley, a New Jersey native who has been running marine businesses in the Caribbean for the last 25 years, has opened TowBoatUS St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI). “I’ve been towing boats and helping boaters ever since I came to St. Thomas,” he said. “The only real difference now is that I am working with BoatUS, ...

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New owner for TowBoatUS Virginia Beach

As the owner of five Virginia and North Carolina TowBoatUS ports, Captain Donald Duck (yes, that’s his real name), has spent decades providing on-the-water towing and assistance to recreational boaters in need. This month, he took the helm at a sixth port, TowBoatUS Virginia Beach. Duck, who operates TowBoatUS ports in Portsmouth, Norfolk, Hopewell/Richmond and Yorktown/Poquoson in Virginia as well ...

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Coastal Conservation Association North Carolina names TowBoatUS Capt. Lee Sykes Volunteer of the Year

At its recent annual meeting, the State Board of Directors for the Coastal Conservation Association North Carolina (CCA NC) named local on-water towing Captain and TowBoatUS Beaufort owner Lee Sykes “Volunteer of the Year.” An advocate for coastal fisheries and owner of a local 24-hour on water recreational boat towing and assistance company, Sykes is the CCA NC president of the Crystal ...

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BoatUS rebrands Vessel Assist to TowBoatUS on West Coast

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – In a move that aligns its on-water towing services under one national brand, BoatUS is renaming its West Coast-based Vessel Assist towing fleet to TowBoatUS. The national boating advocacy, services and safety organization purchased Vessel Assist in 2003 and has since operated both recreational boat towing fleets under the membership-based BoatUS Towing Service program. The transition to ...

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TowBoatUS reopens in Red Wing, Minn.

RED WING, Minn. – TowBoatUS has reopened in Red Wing, Minn., where it will be available to help recreational boaters on the Upper Mississippi River. Capt. Michael Jorgensen was captain of the towing response boat at TowBoatUS Red Wing from 2005 through 2013, but service was suspended in 2014 due to an ownership change at Bills Bay Marina where TowBoatUS Red ...

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