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Capt. Noah Santos Takes the Helm at TowBoatUS Bass River
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YARMOUTH, Mass., May 25, 2016 – Since 2010, Capt. Noah Santos has helped Cape Cod boaters who have broken down on the water or needed a tow home. Now the Provincetown-based Santos is the new owner of his third location, TowBoatUS Bass River, a 24/7 assistance service for recreational boaters, sailors and anglers.
Santos began running TowBoatUS Provincetown in 2010 and TowBoatUS Chatham in 2014, and quickly stepped up to the plate when he learned the Bass River location was available. “By expanding our area, we can offer quick response time to boaters who need help on the Bass River, Nantucket Sound, the Atlantic Ocean and Cape Cod Bay,” he said. “If someone runs aground on a sandy shoal, we’ll be there to gently pull them off, or if the boat breaks down, we can tow them back to their boat ramp, mooring or marina. Our captains also carry extra fuel and jumper cables.”
Much like a reliable auto club for boaters, TowBoatUS offers an on-water Unlimited Saltwater Towing Membership Plan for boaters and anglers for just $149 a year that includes BoatUS membership. Without a towing plan, boaters face costs that average over $700 per incident nationally, and all plans are good for any boat owned, rented or borrowed. Santos’ three locations are part of the largest on water towing fleet in the nation, with over 300 response vessels at 600+ locations, responding to over 70,000 requests for on water assistance just last year.
Santos, who holds a US Coast Guard license and serves as a volunteer firefighter in Provincetown, fell in love with the water as a child. His family has owned and operated Provincetown’s Flyers Boat Shop and Rentals for 70-plus years. He grew up running boats and, apart from four years in the US Marine Corps, has worked there ever since, sometimes assisting boaters in need.
Opening TowBoatUS Provincetown was a logical step, and once he saw how valuable the service was to boaters he expanded to Chatham and now Bass River. While not an emergency rescue service, “It’s rewarding work,” Santos said. “People are glad to see when you go out to help them with routine breakdowns. And because we are on the water so much, if we happen to be nearby when Good Samaritan aid is needed, we’ll step in and pull someone out of the water after they capsize their sailboat. It gives you a sense of worth.”
TowBoatUS Bass River has a 27-foot Boston Whaler Challenger with twin 200-horsepower outboards. The boat, which is based at Ship Shops, Inc. Marina in Yarmouth, is painted bright red with the TowBoatUS name and logo emblazoned in white on the hull. It is fully rigged for towing and salvage, with powerful pumps, battery jump packs, dive gear and extra fuel.
Boaters can reach TowBoatUS Bass River by hailing on VHF channel 16, calling the company directly at 508-742-7166 or phoning the BoatUS toll-free 24/7 Dispatch Center at 800-391-4869, and via smartphone with the free BoatUS Towing App.
More information is at BoatUS.com/towing or call 800-888-4869.
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Since 2010, Capt. Noah Santos has come to the assistance of Cape Cod boaters who have broken down on the water or needed a tow home. Now the Provincetown-based Santos is the new owner of his third location, TowBoatUS Bass River, a towing and assistance service for recreational boaters, sailors and anglers http://goo.gl/XERYGT
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 towing fleet is 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. For more information go to BoatUS.com/towing.