TowBoatU.S. announces expansion, new owner

Author:
Updated:
Original:

TowBoatU.S. expanded with a new location on Lake Wylie, N.C., and announced a new owner for TowBoatU.S. Lake Lanier in Georgia.

TowBoatU.S. Lake Wylie is run by local entrepreneurs Steve Branum and Jeremy Thompson, who opened their first TowBoatU.S. location three years ago on Lake Norman. Branum says the new home construction ringing Lake Wylie is bringing more boaters.

"We want to be here to help them get back home safely," he said in a statement. "With no channel markers and frequent fog, it's easy to get into trouble if you are not familiar."

Capt. Kevin Scott, a U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain, is the new port's manager of operations. Stationed at the port is a 22-foot center console response boat loaded with a full complement of towing and salvage equipment.

Click here for more.

TowBoatU.S. Lake Lanier was recently purchased by Capt. Robert Estrada, a managing partner who bought the business from his former employer, Capt. Barkley Geib. Geib also owns Waterfront Lanier Harbor Marina in Buford, Ga.

Estrada was first named general manager of the marina in 1993, and was also a towing captain when the facility began offering a BoatU.S.-affiliated on-the-water towing service to boaters in 1994. By 2005, the business had grown into a full time, 24-hour operation, officially becoming TowBoatU.S Lake Lanier. Stationed at the port are three, 24-foot Privateer response boats. Each boat features state-of-the-art towing and salvage equipment.

While lake water levels have rebounded from last year's drought conditions, Estrada says boaters continue to have issues with underwater obstructions.

"Now that the water is back up, it's like exploring a new lake all over again, which can lead to an accidental grounding or prop damage," he said in a statement.

Click here for more.

Related

A Strong Q2 for Garmin

The company posted total revenue of $1.33 billion, a 53 percent increase from the second quarter of 2020.

Brunswick Named Among America’s Best Employers for Women by Forbes

The marine manufacturer ranks on the list for the second consecutive year.

Destination Bermuda

Viking Yachts and Valhalla Boatworks team with PW Marine to expand its dealer network to the island.

Polaris Sees Strong Demand, Record Quarter

The surge in sales continues for Polaris in Q2, with its boats segment posting an increase of nearly 50 percent to $198 million.

OneWater Adds PartsVu

The online marketplace for marine parts, accessories and electronics posted $25 million in sales over the last year.

How to Go Strong For 75 Years!

The 4th generation, family-run Strong’s Marine has put client service at the top of its agenda for over 75 years.

NMLA Releases Annual Statistical Report

The National Marine Lenders Association’s annual report shows that marine loans increased significantly in the past two years, primarily among boat owners aged 45-54.

IBEX Education Conference Schedule Announced

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference will host 2021 pre-conference sessions, tech talks, online workshops and more.

World Cat Acquires New Facility

The catamaran builder adds a 265,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in N.C.