New owners for two Sea Tow locations


Capt. Ken Factor, who owns the Sea Tow Delaware River operation in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, acquired Sea Tow Seacoast.

Sea Tow Seacoast, formerly known as Sea Tow Newburyport, serves boaters along the coast of New England from Portsmouth, N.H., south to Cape Ann in Rockport, Mass., as well as providing assistance to fishermen and other mariners offshore.

“I am excited about taking over this Sea Tow territory, which combines beautiful coastal waters with great offshore fishing,” Factor said in a statement.

“Its former owner, Capt. Dave Swiss, who sadly passed away four years ago, was a local legend. He was a lobsterman, but when he got a call from boaters in need, he’d dump his traps and race to their assistance. Capt. Dave has left big shoes to fill, but Capt. Stearns and I look forward to providing the same level of service to our Sea Tow members and other boaters and anglers in the area.”

Factor is a New England native who grew up boating on the coast and in Sebago Lake, Maine. Capt. Harrison Stearns, who works for Factor, brings in-depth knowledge of the Seacoast region gained from experience as a charter captain and lobsterman.

Sea Tow Delaware River covers a 90-mile stretch of the river from Trenton, N.J., to the Salem nuclear power plant, including Philadelphia.

Factor and Stearns are Coast Guard-licensed captains.

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Capt. Mike Haas, who owns Sea Tow Jacksonville, Fla., is the new owner of Sea Tow Key West.

Sea Tow Key West serves boaters on the surrounding waters of Stock Island and Key West to the Dry Tortugas, nearly 70 miles offshore. Haas and his staff of Coast Guard-licensed captains operate three boats from two locations — the Key West Marina and Robbie’s Marina, both of which are on Stock Island, Fla.

Haas has been a licensed captain for more than 15 years. He has owned Sea Tow Jacksonville, which operates 10 boats, for a decade. He previously worked for Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina for five years.