JORDAN LAKE, NC, May 18, 2011 -- One year after buying the company he had worked at for four years as a hired captain, Capt. Lee Sykes is quickly growing his on-the-water boat towing business inland with the opening of a second location, TowBoatUS Jordan Lake, North Carolina. To see the new location on a map, go to www.BoatUS.com/jordanlake.
Capt. Sykes say’s it’s all about a growing need.
“Before we opened on Lake Jordan, boaters didn’t have many options when they ran out of gas, needed a jumpstart or other assistance,” said Capt. Sykes, who is US Coast Guard-licensed. “Trusting your luck to a passing of a Good Samaritan or calling a friend to get you isn’t so simple anymore. For $58 a year, we’ll be there to get you and your family safely home at any hour day or night.”
Sykes is also able to reach boaters on nearby Falls and Sharon Harris Lakes by trailering his response boat to those waters. “It’s about a five-minute trip on the trailer,” said Sykes.
Much like an auto club for boaters, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) offers an “Unlimited” on-the-water towing service plan for freshwaters that cost just $34 a year
plus an additional $24 for BoatUS or BoatUS Angler membership ($58 total annually). Without a towing plan, boaters face out-of-pocket costs that nationally average about $600 per incident, or $250 per hour.
Located at Crosswinds Marina, Capt. Sykes has stationed two response boats: a 20-foot Privateer and 24-foot Carolina Skiff. They can be identified by their distinctive red hulls, white bow stripes and "TowBoatUS" lettering along their sides. Each are fully rigged for marine towing and salvage work and ready to go at a moment’s notice, including extra fuel, engine fluids, pumps, dive gear and battery "jump packs" to handle dead batteries. The boats are also set up with full pollution containment equipment including an oil/water separation unit for hazardous spill response.
Sykes has hired two local Captains to operate the port, including Capt. Brian Lischin, a retired police officer. They are also both USCG licensed.
Both of Capt. Syke’s locations are part of the country's largest boat towing program, BoatUS Towing Services, with over 600 towboats servicing hundreds of ports and waterways coast to coast. The towing program is just one service offered by BoatUS - Boat Owners Association of The United States - the nation's leading advocate for recreational boaters providing its half-million members with government representation, consumer programs and money-saving services. For more information go to www.BoatUS.com/towing
or call 800-888-4869.