FISHING NEWS AND FEATURES
(Feature Lane 4)
Posted August 22, 2010
Have Help They Can Call for On-the-Water Breakdowns
(Fishing Wire) PROVINCETOWN, Mass., -
Boaters and anglers near the tip of Cape Cod now have a reliable
helping hand to call when they break down on the water. Captain
Francis Santos of Flyer's Boat Shop on Provincetown Harbor has
opened TowBoatUS Provincetown, which provides on-the-water
assistance and tows back to a launch ramps, moorings or marinas.
Managing the on-the-water towing company is Santos' son, Capt. Noah
Santos, who is the third generation of the Santos family to work in
the family's businesses.
"We have a short season, but a busy one," said Noah, who is also US
Coast Guard licensed. "Most people call us for assistance when they
run out of fuel, damage drive gear or prop while running in the
shallows, or have an engine breakdown." Recreational boaters and
anglers can call the on-the-water towing company 24-hours a day at
508-272-7839, through the BoatUS toll-free Dispatch Service at
800-391-4869, or by hailing on VHF radio channel 16.
Like an auto club, BoatUS offers "Unlimited" on-the-water towing
plans for saltwater boaters and anglers for just $149 a year which
includes BoatUS membership. Without a towing plan, boaters face
costs that nationally average about $600 per incident.
TowBoatUS Provincetown has a 25-foot Parker response vessel, ready
to go at a moment's notice and fully rigged for marine towing and
salvage work, including extra fuel, engine fluids, pumps, dive gear
and battery "jump packs" to handle dead batteries. The towboat can
be identified its distinctive red hull, white bow stripes and "TowBoatU.S."
lettering along its sides.
The company is the eleventh TowBoatUS port in Massachusetts and
joins neighbors in Boston, Scituate, Onset, Falmouth and Bass River.
To see the new location on a map go to the BoatUS Member Services
All of the towing ports are part of the country's largest boat
towing program, BoatUS Towing Services, with over 600 towboats
servicing hundreds of ports and waterways coast to coast. The towing
program is just one service offered by BoatUS - Boat Owners
Association of The United States - the nation's leading advocate for
recreational boaters providing its half-million members with
government representation, consumer programs and money-saving
services. For more information go to
About BoatUS Towing Services:
Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is the
nation's leading advocate for recreational boaters providing over
half a million members with a wide array of consumer services,
including on-the-water towing assistance provided by TowBoatUS and
Vessel Assist Pacific. Combined, these two towing fleets offer North
American boaters the largest network of US and Canadian towing ports
with over 290 locations and over 600 towing assistance vessels -
more than double that of any other service provider.