As demand for boats spiked and more new boaters have taken to the water Sea Tow Services reported that requests for on-water assistance spiked 34 percent between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend, compared with the same period last year.
“We’re still providing the same types of services — we’re just doing a lot more of them this summer,” president Kristen Frohnhoefer said in a statement. “Our captains helped over 60,000 people who were out boating this summer season.”
The majority of services the company performed were for towing, at 58 percent; next was groundings, at 9 percent. Jumpstarts, fuel deliveries and dock-to-dock tows accounted for 8 percent each.
Reports also show that member services comprised 60 percent of requests, non-member services 36 percent, and recovery and salvage 4 percent.
“We continue to prioritize servicing our members, but the numbers show we assisted a good number of other boaters as well,” Frohnhoefer said. “We’re closing out one of our busiest seasons on record, and trends post-Labor Day are showing that as long as the weather stays nice, boating and the need for on-water assistance is showing no sign of slowing down.”