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Vessel Assist location reopens in Oregon

Capt. Thomas Kramer reopened Vessel Assist Coos Bay, Ore., an on-the-water towing service that helps boaters, anglers and sailors get safely home when they have trouble on the water.

Kramer had operated the business for seven years, until 2010, when he sold it to another captain, but the new owner discontinued the operation after four months and Kramer has gone back into the towing business.

Kramer also runs a charter fishing business, Pacific Charter Services, and he and his wife, Stephanie, own a bed-and-breakfast inn called the Old Tower House.

“I have lots of experience in all kinds of conditions,” he said in a statement. “It can get nasty here. It’ll look all nice and smooth from the bay, but when you get to the bar you’ll find 12- to 15-footers rolling in.”

Coos Bay is a major commercial fishing and lumbering port that also attracts recreational boaters, sailors and anglers. Kramer, who can tow boats as large as 50 feet, said the majority of calls he gets are to assist boats that break down or get caught in crab traps.

He keeps his Vessel Assist boat in Coos Bay, but can assist boats as far away as Bandon Bay, about 20 miles to the south, and Winchester Bay, about 20 miles to the north.

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