This coming holiday weekend, BoatU.S. Towing Services is projecting that 3,400 recreational boaters and anglers nationwide will need some type of on-the-water assistance.
The biggest reason why boaters will need a tow back to a marina or launch ramp is likely the result of incomplete spring commissioning, as well as fuel that has gone bad over the long winter storage period. Battery jump-starts, fuel dropoffs, and ungrounding services are other common reasons why boaters might call for a helping hand.
"We expect the switchboards at our 24-hour Atlantic and Pacific call centers will start to light up on Thursday the 21st and stay busy through the holiday weekend," BoatU.S. Towing Services vice president Jerry Cardarelli said in a statement.
The towing service, which includes the TowBoatU.S. and Vessel Assist branded fleets, has more than 290 locations on coastal waters as well as freshwater lakes and rivers throughout the U.S.
Since the beginning of the year, favorable weather patterns in many parts of the country have caused an uptick in the volume of calls for assistance.
"Year to date, we are up 5 percent in the number of towing incidents in Florida, California, Texas, Georgia, the Carolinas, Virginia and Maryland, largely because of good weather," Cardarelli added. "Lower fuel prices bring more people out on the water, which also correlates to increased use of towing services."