TowBoatUS Detroit has a new owner that should be a familiar face to many area boaters. Capt. Jeff Pidcock, who owned Damark Marine Specialties in Gibraltar, Mich., for more than 20 years, bought the towing service that is one of 41 TowBoatUS locations on the Great Lakes. Pidcock bought TowBoatUS Detroit from Capt. Brian Williams.
“Brian often brought vessels to Damark for repairs and service,” said Pidcock, in a statement. His business operates a small marina and sales and service for Mercury, Volvo Penta and Yamaha engines plus fiberglass, electrical and paint repairs. When Williams decided to step away, Pidcock added the TowBoatUS services.
TowBoatUS Detroit has six vessels with the signature bright red hullsides with the white TowBoatUS logo. The largest is a 30-foot Almar with water-jet propulsion. “All of our professional U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captains remain with us,” added Pidcock. Separate from the BoatUS on-water services, Pidcock’s company also refloats sunken boats and provides salvage services.
Boaters can reach TowBoatUS Detroit by hailing on VHF channel 16, by calling the company directly at 734-675-0710, by phoning the BoatUS toll-free 24/7 dispatch center at 800-391-4869 or via smartphone using the new BoatUS app.