Skip to main content

Reality show follows boat salvors

The Discovery Channel is making waves with its real-life, modern-day pirate and marine salvage series "Shipwreck Men," starring four companies that patrol the coast of southern Florida seeking boats in distress.

The company first on the scene reaps the benefits, making the competition cutthroat because the towing business can be lucrative, Fox News Entertainment reported.

For Arnold’s Towing, it’s a family affair as they go up against the expertise of salvage pioneer Stu Korpela at Atlantis Marine Towing & Salvage, self-taught salvage operator Ryan Sewell of Downright Marine Towing and 28-year-old Chuck Hansen of Fast Response Marine Towing.

“I am the little brother, Ricky is the little brother and the old man is the old man. We know our jobs and positions and just do it,” Arnold’s Towing star employee Shane told Fox411’s Pop Tarts column. “Filming the show was difficult, though. It took us a little longer to do what we do. What usually takes a few hours took a lot longer, like in situations when we had to wait for [the crew] to get in the right position and set up for a few seconds.”

On that note, his father, Ricky Arnold Sr., is a fifth-generation Key West resident who built his business from the ground up. Headstrong and unapologetic, he, too, took some time getting used to the Hollywood infiltration of lights and cameras.

“I was getting frustrated. If you notice, in the show I’m yelling ‘Move! Move! Move!’ But once we figured out how to do our job around them and once they figured out their job and how to stay away from us it became very easy,” Arnold Sr. told the network.

Such a Hollywood infiltration is a far cry from Ricky Sr.’s life growing up pulling lobster traps and cage fishing with his brothers, which led to diving in and cutting ropes caught in propellers in the dark and lonely seas.

And as the all-new Discovery series exemplifies, there is no love lost between the tow company competitors.

“Shipwreck Men” is currently airing on Discovery at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Mondays.

Click here for the full report.

Related

CRUISERS

Industry Mourns Cruisers Yachts Owner

K.C. Stock, who was 84, was known for his “commitment to the employees at Cruisers Yachts.”

GRANDBANKS

Grand Banks Purchases Florida Property

The parcel, which is opposite the company’s Stuart yard, has berths for up to nine boats and will increase service capabilities.

LIMESTONE-Q3

Limestone Boat Co. Posts Q3 Results

Unit production was down compared with the second quarter, and revenues decreased 33%.

SIREN-YAMAHA

Yamaha Dealers Now Carry Siren Systems

Siren Marine’s “Connected Boat” technology can be purchased and installed at more than 2,100 Yamaha outboard dealers.

Northpoint

Northpoint Expands Marine Presence

Northpoint Commercial Finance has partnered with Elite Recreational Finance to offer retail financing.

BRP

BRP Reports 71% Increase in Q3 Revenues

The Sea-Doo manufacturer had total revenue of $2.7 billion, but North American marine retail sales were down 47%.

Airmar

Airmar Announces Training Dates

Certified Installer and SmartBoat system classes are being held this month in New Jersey and next year in New Hampshire.

Norm

The Survey Says …

Surveying customers to find out what they think about your business has never been more important.

1_MDI

Marine Development Inc. Changes Hands

Mick Webber, the former president/CEO and owner of HydroHoist, has purchased the company from its founders.