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TowBoatUS franchise in Virginia has new owner

This month, Donald Duck took the helm at a sixth port with TowBoatUS Virginia Beach.
Capt. Donald Duck is shown aboard his TowBoatUS response boat.

Capt. Donald Duck is shown aboard his TowBoatUS response boat.

As the owner of five Virginia and North Carolina TowBoatUS ports, Capt. Donald Duck — yes, that’s his real name — has spent decades providing on-the-water towing and assistance to recreational boaters in need.

This month he took the helm at a sixth port with TowBoatUS Virginia Beach.

Duck, who operates TowBoatUS ports in Portsmouth, Norfolk, Hopewell/Richmond and Yorktown/Poquoson in Virginia, and Coinjock, N.C., said Capt. Allen Owen and his wife Paula, former owners of TowBoatUS Virginia Beach, had been friends of his for many years.

When the Owens got too busy to run the business full time, Duck bought it.

“We’ll be providing the same fine service that boaters in the Virginia Beach area are accustomed to,” Duck said in a statement.

“We have the same on-the-water staff, with Byron Farlow continuing as primary captain, and Captain Owen helping out on a part-time basis. We’ll be there 24/7 to help any boater who has a mechanical breakdown, runs out of fuel or needs a battery jump-start or a gentle tow off a sandbar.”

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