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New Owner Takes the Helm at TowBoatUS Oneida Lake

"We also cover a significant portion of the Erie Canal."

Capt. Jacob VanReenen of TowBoatUS Oneida Lake is ready any time day or night to assist boaters.
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BREWERTON, N.Y., JULY 24, 2017 – Capt. Jake VanReenen, who has been helping Empire State boaters get home safely for more than seven years as the owner of TowBoatUS on-water towing locations in Rochester and Clayton, is proud to be the new owner of TowBoatUS Oneida Lake, an on-water towing and assistance service for recreational boaters.

“I like helping people,” VanReenen said, “and I get great satisfaction that when boaters have a problem and think their day is ruined, we can bring them fuel, jumpstart their engine, tow them off a sandbar, and get them on their way, or, at the very least, get them back home safely. And, if they are BoatUS members with Unlimited Towing, they don’t get stuck with a big towing bill.”

Much like a reliable auto club for boaters, BoatUS offers Unlimited Freshwater Towing Memberships for boaters and anglers for just $72 a year with towing services provided by the nation’s largest towing fleet, TowBoatUS. Boaters face costs that average $700 per towing incident – with some paying into the thousands out of pocket – when they don’t have an annual BoatUS towing plan.

At 22 miles long and 5 miles wide, Oneida Lake is the largest lake wholly within New York State and is part of the New York State Canal System. Its 55-mile shoreline is dotted with private docks, boat ramps and marinas, making it a very popular local boating area. Transient boaters traveling from Albany to Buffalo along the Erie Canal must cross the lake, and VanReenen and the licensed captains who work with him are there to help 24/7. “Most of our work is in the lake,” VanReenen said, “However, we also cover a significant portion of the Erie Canal by trailering our response boat to the nearest put in, and we can tow vessels through locks,” VanReenen said.

TowBoatUS Oneida Lake bases its assist boat, a rugged 23-foot Pacific aluminum workboat powered by a 225-hp Yamaha outboard, at the Brewerton Boat Yard, near the western end of the lake. It is easy to recognize with its red hull and the TowBoatUS name and logo emblazoned in bright white letters on the side. It is fully rigged for towing and salvage, with powerful pumps, battery jump packs, dive gear and extra fuel.

Boaters can reach TowBoatUS Oneida Lake by hailing on VHF channel 16, by tapping the all-new free BoatUS App, by calling the company directly at 315-775-4114, or by phoning the BoatUS toll-free 24/7 Dispatch Center at 800-391-4869.


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About TowBoatUS:

Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is the nation's leading advocate, services and safety group for recreational boaters. We are The Boat Owners Auto Club and provide our more than 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 more than 300 locations and over 600 towing assistance vessels, responding to over 70,000 requests for assistance each year. The new BoatUS Mobile App makes it easy to summon water and road assistance 24/7, and can speed response times ( For more information go to