When Capt. Dave Ludwick, who ran boat-towing services in Newport, R.I., and Naples, Fla., for more than 20 years, heard that the operator of TowBoatUS Steinhatchee, Fla., was retiring last summer, he jumped at the chance to buy the towing port.
"My wife and I tried semi-retirement and we didn't like it," said Ludwick, 60. "About five years ago we bought a mobile home park just north of Pensacola, but there wasn't enough excitement for us and we missed the ocean. We wanted to go back to our roots, so we talked to BoatUS."
Ludwick, who holds a 100-ton Coast Guard Master license, runs the on-the-water services side of the business. His wife, Pat, manages the office.
"I love the water," said Ludwick, who has been boating since he was 6 years old. "And I love helping people," he continued, "so this is the perfect job for me. It keeps me on the water and it gives me a great feeling to assist boaters who need a little help."