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Red Tow Boats That Help Boaters Have a New Name

Vessel Assist Friday Harbor Now TowBoatUS Friday Harbor

The response boat "Towline Too" of TowBoatUS Friday Harbor, WA.
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FRIDAY HARBOR, WA, February 4, 2016 – When recreational boats break down, run aground or need a little help getting back to the launch ramp or boat slip, the red response boats of Vessel Assist Friday Harbor have been there to lend assistance. Now the 24-hour on water towing and assistance service has a new name: TowBoatUS Friday Harbor.

The move to rename Vessel Assist to TowBoatUS – with locations in CA, AZ, OR, WA, HI and British Columbia, Canada – recognizes TowBoatUS standing as North America’s largest provider of on water assistance with over 300 locations and 600 towing response vessels.

“Other than the name change, boaters will still see the same familiar BoatUS buoy logo on the hull and our professional captains at the helm,” said owner Capt. Deb Fritz. Fritz purchased the towing business in 2011 and has four red response boats, all now painted with “TowBoatUS” on each side. All are fully equipped for towing and salvage with dewatering pumps, dive gear, lift bags, towing gear, battery jump packs and extra fuel.

Much like an auto club for boaters, TowBoatUS offers Unlimited Saltwater towing plans for boaters, anglers and sailors for just $158 a year that includes BoatUS membership. Without a towing plan, boaters face costs that average $750 per incident nationally.

To contact TowBoatUS Friday Harbor, call 360-378-1111 or dial BoatUS 24-hour towing dispatch at 800-391-4869. The company can also be reached on VHF radio channel 16. To learn more about TowBoatUS towing services, go to


About Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS):

BoatUS is the nation’s largest organization of recreational boaters with over a half million members. We are the boat owners’ voice on Capitol Hill and fight for their rights. We help ensure a roadside breakdown doesn’t end a boating or fishing trip before it begins, and on the water, the nation’s largest on water network of TowBoatUS response vessels brings boaters safely back to the launch ramp or dock when their boat won’t, day or night. The BoatUS Insurance Program gives boat owners the specialized coverage and superior service they need, and we help keep boaters safe and our waters clean with assistance from the non-profit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. Visit