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WHAT'S NEW?

A whole lot! In fact, we've towed over 2,500 vessels this year! Our Captains go above and beyond to give our customers excellent customer service. Check out what's going on and get a good look at our Facebook page! We'll keep you updated.




CaptainsApril 12, 2013 | West Marine Employee Kathleen Cloer Awarded for Outstanding Service

During West Marine's most recent Port Supply sale, TowBoatU.S. awarded Kathleen Cloer of West Marine Crystal River an award for her outstanding service. Kathy has been an incredible ambassador for TowBoatU.S. and continues to provide terrific service within her West Marine store. Be sure to catch her on the job and take advantage of West Marine's Super Spring Savings!



CaptainsMarch 27, 2013 | Captains Meet and Greet at West Marine Member Appreciation Day

Each year, West Marine stores nationwide offer discounts and promotions to their Advantage Gold Members and BoatU.S. customers. This year our Captains were out in full force to meet and greet our customers! Boaters recieved discounts on BoatU.S. memberships, renewals, and on various West Marine products in the store. If you missed it this time around, follow us on Facebook! We send out alerts to help you save.



Matt flemingJanuary 14, 2012 | C–PORT Honors Yankeetown's Captain Matt Fleming Among Five Others For Heroic Actions

CLEARWATER, FL, January 14, 2013 – C–PORT (Conference of Professional Operators for Response Towing) Honored Five Marine Assistance Operators with the Meritorious Service Award at their annual conference luncheon in Clearwater, Florida. Among the Captains was Captain Matt Fleming of Yanketown, Florida. Captain Fleming was recognized for his performance on June 25, 2012 when he rescued 3 young men stranded in high winds and rough waters during Tropical Storm Debby. After a call for help, he immediately responded to the given coordinates of the distress call, but found no boat or passengers. He continued searching and found them on a spoil bank 2 miles southwest of the site where their pontoon boat had began taking on water. [Click the link above for more]



January 16, 2012 | BoatU.S. Applauds National Park Service for Keeping Staten Island Marina Open

STATEN ISLAND, NY, January 23, 2013 – In a stunning reversal of a decision made shortly after Hurricane Sandy devastated Nichols Great Kills Park Marina on New York’s Staten Island, the National Park Service has agreed to extend the marina operator’s permit for three years, the maximum allowable under the law.




Tower of the YearJanuary 16, 2012 | TowBoatU.S. Tampa Bay Awarded at Annual BoatU.S. Conference

TowBoatU.S. Tampa Bay recieved several awards at the annual BoatU.S. Conference in Clearwater, Florida on Wednesday evening. The Tampa Bay to Cedar Key operation was awarded Tower of the Year (the all-around award of the evening), Dispatcher’s Choice Award, and the Membership Achievement Award for 2012.




Save MoneyJanuary 14, 2012 | 17 Ways to Save Fuel and $$

Think you've made all your New Year's Resolutions yet? Don’t let the dollar signs at the pump get in the way of your boating season. While different boats and circumstances require different tactics to minimize fuel consumption, there’s usually more than one trick of the trade that’ll work for your vessel.







StPeteDecember 31, 2012 | With Construction Done, St. Petersburg Boat Show Shines

St. Petersburg’s sparkling new waterfront provides a more conducive setting for boat sales...Attendance increased by 5.2 percent, compared with last year’s show, according to Ricardo Strul, vice president and chief financial officer of Show Management, the company that owns, manages and produces the show. Exhibitor participation rose to more than 250 – a 10 percent increase from 2011.







ChristmasPartyDecember 14, 2012 | Company Christmas Party!

American Marine Services held their annual Christmas party at Massimo's in Clearwater, FL on Wednesday evening (12/12). It was a wonderful reunion of the TowBoatU.S. family as they also welcomed several newcomers to the company! Check out the Christmas Party Photos on Facebook.







December 8, 2012 | Treasure Island Boat Parades

TowBoatU.S. held tight as lit boats cruised by on the Intercoastal December 8, 2012. Acting as a guide TowBoatU.S. kept boaters on route to avoid strong current areas and sandbars. The views were spectacular no matter where you were at the parade! Large and small they went all out for the holidays! Some even had live music, flashing light displays and dancing characters on board.

Check out the video to the left to see some of the magnificent boats, or, watch the large-formatted video at YouTube.com.

More PHOTOS can be found on our Facebook page!









jacketsMarch 20, 2012 | Five Inflatable Life Jacket Myths: Do You Know the Truth?

ANNAPOLIS, Md., March 20, 2012 – Inflatable Life Jackets – which automatically or manually inflate with the tug of a pull cord – have been around over 25 years, but there are still quite a few misperceptions about how these life saving devices work. The BoatUS Foundation set out to debunk some of the myths...






PatchFebruary 8, 2012 | BoatUS New Sponsor of Vessel Safety Check Program

ALEXANDRIA, Va., February 8, 2012 – The US Coast Guard and US Power Squadrons expect to complete over 200,000 voluntary Vessel Safety Checks this year. The no-cost, no-risk courtesy inspections, done at boat ramps, marinas and boat clubs, have ensured the safety of thousands of lives. Now, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has stepped in to sponsor this important boating safety program for the next three years.





captainJanuary 17, 2012 | Five On-the-Water Towboat Captains Honored for Heroism

When a late afternoon thunderstorm rolled in sheets of rain, 30 knots of wind, lighting and thunder, Captain Lee Eckler of TowBoatUS Tarpon Springs, FL was stunned at what he saw in the distance through the tempest: three heads bobbing in the water and an overturned kayak. Eckler immediately took aboard three girls, age 12 to 16, who only had one life jacket amongst them, and then safely deposited them and the kayak ashore at their nearby home. It was likely the luckiest break in their young lives.

On a Saturday afternoon Captain Mike Dunn of TowBoatUS Homosassa, FL, along with the local sheriff, arrived to a chaotic scene in which a 37-foot powerboat had violently overturned, ejecting its nine passengers into the water. While all had injuries, one 18-year-old was blue, not breathing, and had an exposed open wound to the head. After loading the young man aboard with the help of a Good Samaritan nurse and the boy’s mother, Dunn gunned the engines racing for shore while CPR was performed. At high speed, he then dodged dozens of boats along a narrow, constricted waterway, all the while making security calls on the VHF radio and arranging to rendezvous with EMTs. The teen was life-flighted to the local hospital – and survived.



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