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New Towing Service Ready to Help Boaters on North Carolina's Lake Tillery
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LAKE TILLERY, NC, July 21, 2015 -- Capt. Scott Roberson, the co-owner of TowBoatUS Lake Tillery, an on water towing and assistance service for recreational boaters, has spent most of his life delivering large yachts and helping boaters in ocean waters. Now his focus is on a 13-mile-long lake in the Uwharrie Lakes region of North Carolina, and he couldn’t be happier with the transition.
Roberson was a senior captain at TowBoatUS Fort Lauderdale until he moved to North Carolina a few years ago. He loved working for TowBoatUS but he figured that gig was over once he moved inland. Then an opportunity presented itself that he couldn’t resist. Last fall he became general manager of Lilly’s Bridge Marina in Mt. Gilead, and he started getting calls from marina customers who needed help getting their boats safely home. As he towed those boaters back to the marina, he immediately thought of TowBoatUS.
He approached Jack Jordan, one of the marina owners, and they agreed to be partners in a TowBoatUS service that would be available to all Lake Tillery boaters. It opened in late May and they are ready to assist any lake boater who has a mechanical breakdown, runs out of fuel or needs a jumpstart. Roberson who has a USCG 50-ton Master license, will run the assist boats; Jordan will concentrate on the business end of things.
Much like an auto club for boaters, TowBoatUS offers on water towing plans for freshwater boaters and anglers for just $72 a year that includes BoatUS membership. Without a towing plan, boaters face costs that average $750 per incident nationally.
Lake Tillery, 35 miles east of Charlotte, is a reservoir with dams at each end used for power generation. “It’s pristine and beautiful,” Roberson said, “and boaters enjoy spending time on it in pontoon boats, fishing boats and other pleasure craft. The fishing is so good that there is a tournament most every week,” Roberson says.
TowBoatUS Lake Tillery operates out of Lilly’s Bridge Marina in Mt. Gilead with two assist boats. The primary boat, painted red with distinctive white TowBoatUS lettering on each side, is a 20-foot Everglades center console with a 115-horsepower outboard. Roberson also uses a small auxiliary boat – a 16-foot Seagull with a 50-horsepower outboard – to get beneath the low bridges on some of the lake’s coves. The boats are fully equipped for towing and salvage with dewatering pumps, dive gear, lift bags, towing gear, battery jump packs and extra fuel.
TowBoatUS Lake Tillery can be hailed on VHF channel 16 or reached by calling Roberson at 704-305-1518 or by calling the BoatUS toll-free 24/7 Dispatch Center at 800-391-4869, and via smartphone with the free BoatUS Towing App. BoatUS is also the only towing service that offers services with both SPOT and DeLorme inReach satellite communication devices. More information can be found at BoatUS.com/towing or call 800-888-4869.
About BoatUS TowBoatUS and Vessel Assist:
Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is the nation's leading advocate, services and safety group for recreational boaters. We provide our over half-million members with a wide array of helpful services, including 24-hour on water towing that gets you safely home when your boat won’t, will bring you fuel if you run out, jumpstart your dead battery, or provide a gentle pull after you’ve run aground. The TowBoatUS and Vessel Assist towing fleets are the North America’s largest network of towing ports with over 300 locations and over 600 towing assistance vessels, responding to over 70,000 requests for assistance each year. See more at BoatUS.com/towing.