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Gap Is Closed With Opening Of TowBoatUS Saugatuck, MI
On-the-Water Response Times Expected to Drop
TowBoatUS, part of the nation’s largest on-the-water towing service for recreational boaters, has opened a new port on Lake Michigan’s southeastern shore, TowBoatUS Saugatuck. Owned and operated by Capt. Richard Lenardson, the new port is located between TowBoatUS Muskegon and TowBoatUS South Haven. This brings the total number of TowBoatUS ports in Michigan to 15 and it is the third for Lenardson.
Previously, boaters had to wait for assistance to arrive either from Muskegon or South Haven, a distance of a dozen miles or more, potentially in rough weather. “We’ve closed the gap between these two ports and given the Saugatuck region it’s own dedicated response vessel which will greatly reduce response times,” said Lenardson. “There’s a lot of demand for on-the-water towing services in this area and we hope to continue to grow BoatUS membership as well,” he added.
A native of Bridgman MI, Lenardson opened TowBoatUS St. Joe and TowBoatUS South Haven just last year. TowBoatUS Saugatuck has a 22-foot Sea Ark stationed at Tower Marina — located just 10-minutes from the open waters of Lake Michigan. The response vessel can be identified by it’s distinctive red with white bow stripes and “TowBoatUS” lettering along its side. The boat carries a full complement of towing and salvage equipment including extra fuel, pumps, airbags and battery “jump packs” to handle every breakdown from running out of fuel to running aground.
Similar to a roadside auto club, BoatUS offers on-the-water assistance plans starting at around $37 a year. Without a towing plan, boaters face costs that nationally average about $600 per incident. Boaters in need of towing assistance can reach TowBoatUS Saugatuck by calling the company directly at 269-266-2125; by VHF radio on channel 16; or through the BoatU.S. toll-free Dispatch Service at 800-391-4869 or visit http://www.BoatUS.com/Towing for more information.
Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is the nation's leading advocate for recreational boaters providing its 670,000 members with a wide array of consumer services, including on-the-water towing assistance provided by TowBoatUS and Vessel Assist. These two fleets combined offer North American boaters the largest network of US, Canadian and Bahamian towing ports with over 270 locations and nearly 500 towing assistance vessels - twice that of any other service provider