Sea Tow opens first location in Alaska

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Trey (right) and Alyssa Hill are the founders of Sea Tow Southcentral Alaska.

Trey (right) and Alyssa Hill are the founders of Sea Tow Southcentral Alaska.

Sea Tow Services International said it has opened Sea Tow Southcentral Alaska, the company’s first franchise in the state.

Sea Tow’s foray into Alaska represents a unique opportunity for the New York-based company. Contrary to popular belief, Alaskans enjoy boating year-round.

With extended daylight in June, July and August, the region’s boaters have the rare opportunity to work a full day and still spend a full day on the water once they clock out.

“With such a rich boating history, Alaska was the ideal location for the newest Sea Tow franchise,” Sea Tow CEO Joseph Frohnhoefer said in a statement. “For many across the region, boating is more than just a hobby, and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to provide Alaskan boaters the high-quality service Sea Tow is famous for.”

Based in Homer, the franchise will serve boaters across the Kachemak Bay and Southern Cook Inlet with a service area stretching from Ninilchik to the north, Port Graham to the south and Seward to the east.

Captains Trey and Alyssa Hill — the husband-and-wife team who founded the franchise — said they were thrilled to open Sea Tow’s first one in the country’s northernmost state.

“We look forward to spending our days on the water, helping others and being a vital part of the community,” Trey Hill said. “We hope to bring boaters peace of mind on the water by providing safe, reliable and trustworthy assistance when they need it most. Our goal is to educate the public on safe boating practices and the importance of having a Sea Tow membership.”

The Hills, who have been recreational boaters on the Kachemak Bay for the past six years, identified the need for a reliable, cost-effective on-water service when their boat broke down several miles offshore.

The franchise operates two boats, and anticipates expanding its fleet to provide better assistance to boaters across the Kenai Peninsula and the surrounding region.