After opening his second location on the Illinois River last year, Captain Gareth Stamm added TowBoatUS Racine and TowBoatUS Waukegan in Wisconsin and Illinois, respectively. The two new locations span the Illinois-Wisconsin border and replace TowBoatUS Kenosha, Wis.
The addition of the new services doubles the company’s fleet coverage area that extends from Waukegan north to Milwaukee. Stamm’s operations are part of a network of 41 TowBoatUS locations on the Great Lakes.
“When boats break down and need a tow to the launch ramp, a battery jump or some fuel to make home, two ports are better than one,” said Stamm in a statement. “The 50-mile distance between Chicago and the former port in Kenosha was shortened by moving the port south to Waukegan. We also added Racine, which means faster TowBoatUS response times throughout our service area. When your boat breaks down on the water and you don’t know what to do, call us. We know how to get you safely home and boaters tell us they get a great sense of relieve when we arrive on scene.”
All of Stamm’s captains are licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard. TowBoatUS Racine is located at Pugh Marina. The port has a 25-foot former Coast Guard SAFE Boat with a welded aluminum-plate hull and hard foam sides. An all-weather Parker 25 is located at TowBoatUS Waukegan in the city’s municipal harbor. Both boats are rigged for towing, jump starts, fuel delivery and soft ungroundings, ready to go 24 hours a day. They are easily recognized with their red hulls and large white logos.
Separate from BoatUS on-water towing services, Stamm’s companies also refloat sunken boats and provide salvage services.
Boaters can reach TowBoatUS Racine and TowBoatUS Waukegan by hailing channel 16, by calling the company directly at 708-890-9979, by phoning the BoatUS toll-free 24/7 Dispatch Center at 800-391-4869 or via smartphone using the new BoatUS Towing App.