EACH WEEK, THE 600+ DISTINCTIVE RED BOATS of TowBoatU.S. (East and Gulf
coasts and Great Lakes) and BoatU.S. Vessel Assist (West Coast) provide professional towing assistance to thousands of our BoatU.S. members, handling everything from engine failures (the most frequent problem) to groundings, fuel drops,
jump starts, prop disentanglements, and every imaginable boating dilemma in between.
The captains put in a lot of time on the water, are excellent at what they do, and as a result are
quite often the first on scene to accidents and incidents. While they’re not emergency first
responders, as a corps they’ve demonstrated time and again that they “have the right stuff,”
taking prudent actions to save other people’s lives and boats. And along the way, they’ve
handled many other interesting “opportunities” to put their unique skills, equipment,
and expertise to use helping their local communities. Most of these endeavors don’t get
In California, for instance, Paul Amaral
of BoatU.S. Vessel Assist Ventura jumped
in his red boat and quickly headed out
on the water after hearing of a 30-foot
humpback whale entangled in fishing gear
near Santa Cruz Island. After seven long
hours working side by side with folks from
NOAA, Paul was thrilled to witness the
whale swimming free.
Even when the animals aren’t amphibious, our captains are always quick to lend
a helping hand. On Long Island, New York,
when he’s not working on the water, TowBoatU.S. Oyster Bay Captain Mitch Kramer and
his wife Donna handle wild-animal rescues, often keeping the critters in their backyard
or barn if the local shelter or vet can’t take them. Mitch and Donna are responsible for
saving and releasing back into the wild: bald eagles, birds, seals, squirrels, raccoons,
chipmunks, and even a ram!
In Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, Captain Charlie Myers has been working on a
project to solve the mystery of the Grand Glaize, a 60-year-old excursion vessel lost in a
storm. Hey, Charlie, let us know what you learn! Your fellow boaters in the area would
love to know.
Down South, the crew at TowBoatU.S. Ft. Lauderdale are regulars at the local charity
bicycle “spinathon,” where they pedal for six hours to raise money for local children’s
charities (pictured above). Their stationary bike, unlike the others, is decorated with a
bold cardboard cutout of the bow of a red towboat, with particularly familiar logos.
North, south, east, and west, these and many other terrific BoatU.S. captains are
standing by for your call. We’re proud of what they do, and proud that so many of them
are involved in making a difference in their local communities. See you on the water!
Margaret Bonds Podlich
OUR CAPTAINS GO THE EXTRA MILE
VOLUME XX, No. 5, OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2014
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