Captain Jeff Lorass is the new owner of the 24-hour on-water towing service, TowBoatUS Lake Minnetonka. He will be joined in the family-run business by his sons Jacob Lorass and Dean Lamke and daughter Christine Lorass.
Jeff Lorass has been a boater for more than 40 years. He grew up in the area and is a 1985 Mound Westonka High School graduate. He left Minnesota for Florida to work in service-related industries. Because he still has a large family in his home state, Lorass wanted to return. The former owners of TowBoatUS Lake Minnetonka, Capts. Jim and Deb Cox, were ready to retire so Lorass jumped at the opportunity.
“I’m glad to be back in my hometown to help boaters when they need on-water assistance,” said Lorass in a statement. “Having a BoatUS Unlimited Towing Membership is really better than a good Samaritan. We respond 24 hours a day with trained, professional assistance ready to go when you need it.”
Captain John Mullnick, who is known locally as “Captain Jay,” will remain with the business. “He’s been with the company for 14 years and everybody loves him,” said Lorass. “He probably knows more about the lake than anyone out there, and we’re glad he’s with us.”
Located near Three Points, Lorass’ fleet of five towing-response vessels have the familiar red hulls with the white TowBoatUS logos on the sides. Boaters can reach TowBoatUS Lake Minnetonka by hailing on VHF channel 16, by calling the company directly at 612-282-8616, by phoning the BoatUS toll-free 24/7 Dispatch Center at 800-391-4869 or via smartphone using the new BoatUS App.
Separate from BoatUS on-water services, TowBoatUS Minnetonka also refloats sunken boats, provides salvage services, winterization and outdoor storage and boat hauling. A new personal watercraft rental operation is part of the family’s businesses.