Two TowBoatUS locations on Delaware River have new owners

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Capt. Grace Marsh is one of three new owners of TowBoatUS Philadelphia and TowBoatUS Neshaminy.

Capt. Grace Marsh is one of three new owners of TowBoatUS Philadelphia and TowBoatUS Neshaminy.

When word got out that Bob Hartman, the well-respected and longtime owner of TowBoatUS Philadelphia and TowBoatUS Neshaminy, was thinking of retiring, a trio of seasoned Delaware River captains bought the business.

With the boating season on the horizon, the new owners — Capts. Richard Busillo, Jack Kelly and Grace Marsh — are working to ensure a smooth transition.

“We’re ready,” Busillo, who has worked at TowBoatUS Philadelphia as a captain and dispatcher for 12 years, said in a statement. “We’ll be there 24/7 to help out if anyone has an engine breakdown, needs fuel, a battery jump, or a gentle tow off one of the river’s shallow spots.”

TowBoatUS Philadelphia and Neshaminy cover a 60-mile stretch of the Delaware River and its tributaries from the Delaware Memorial Bridge at New Castle, Del., to the end of navigation at Trenton, N.J.

Each port has a red 25-foot Hydra-Sports response boat powered by twin 150-hp Mercury outboards. The boats are docked at the Philadelphia Marine Center and All Seasons Marina in Croydon, Pa.

A 24-foot Grady-White with a 200-hp Mercury outboard serves as a backup boat, ready to be used where needed.

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