New Towboat Location on Lake Wylie

September 1st, 2009

Just three years after opening TowBoatU.S. Lake Norman, local entrepreneurs Steve Branum and Jeremy Thompson have opened a second location, TowBoatU.S. Lake Wylie. The on-the-water towing and assistance company gives recreational boaters and anglers a reliable way to summon on-the-water assistance day or night. Battery jump starts, fuel drop offs, ungrounding services and tows back to a launch ramp are some common requests.

Branum says the new home construction ringing the lake is bringing more boaters, many who enjoy watersports such as wakeboarding or tubing. “We want to be here to help them get back home safely. With no channel markers and frequent fog, it’s easy to get into trouble if you are not familiar,” said Branum.

Capt. Kevin Scott, a USCG licensed captain, is the new port’s manager of operations. Located at Pier 49 Marina on the North Carolina side of the Buster Boyd Bridge, the new port joins a nationwide BoatU.S. towing fleet of over 600 towing assistance vessels.

Stationed at the port is 22-foot center console response boat loaded with a full complement of towing and salvage equipment including extra fuel, engine fluids, pumps, dive gear and a battery “jump pack” to handle dead batteries. The vessel can be identified by its distinctive red hull, white bow stripes and “TowBoatU.S.” lettering along its sides.

BoatU.S. offers an “Unlimited” on-the-water towing plansfor freshwater boaters for just $53 a year, which includes BoatU.S. membership. Without a towing plan, boaters face costs that nationally average about $600 per incident. Boaters in need of towing assistance can reach TowBoatU.S. Lake Wylie by calling the company directly at 704-588-5464; by VHF radio on channel 16; or through the BoatU.S. toll-free Dispatch Service at 800-391-4869.

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