Capt. Jackson Dozier and his wife, Nicki, are the operators of TowBoatUS Lake Martin, Ala.
A partner in the venture is Capt. Chris Shaffner, owner of TowBoatUS Palm Beach/Jupiter/Boynton Beach, Fla.
Dozier, 32, got his start in the towing business by working for Shaffner as a captain.
“I really liked it and I learned a lot,” he said of his three years there. But since they “weren’t done with adventure,” he and his wife moved to Ketchikan, Alaska, where he ran a 78-foot tourboat. When their daughter was born last summer, the Doziers decided it was time to come back south to be closer to family, and they approached Shaffner about starting the new TowBoatUS port on Lake Martin.
“I always wanted to expand to the lakes and Dozier, who was a terrific captain for us here in Florida, grew up there,” Shaffner said in a statement. “It is a great opportunity for both of us.”
Lake Martin, the largest lake in Alabama, is popular with boaters of all kinds, from anglers to water skiers, wakeboarders, cruisers and sailors. It is 44,000 square acres, with 750 miles of coastline. Dozier will keep his towboat, a 24-foot SeaArk RAM with twin 175-horsepower engines, at Blue Creek Marina.