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TowBoatUS Opens New Locations in Racine, Wis., and Waukegan, Ill.

Shorter distances between ports means faster TowBoatUS response times

(L to R) Mate Lupe Martinez, Capt. Dave Ferro, Mate Nicole Martinez and Capt. Gareth Stamm, with Stamm's growing fleet of TowBoatUS response vessels (credit: BoatUS).
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RACINE, Wis., April 5, 2018 – Captain Gareth Stamm, a recreational boat-towing captain and business owner, opened his second TowBoatUS location on the Illinois River last year. Now Stamm is seeing growth potential on Lake Michigan with the opening of TowBoatUS Racine and TowBoatUS Waukegan. The two new locations, which span the Illinois–Wisconsin border, replace TowBoatUS Kenosha, essentially doubling the company’s fleet in a coverage area that extends from Waukegan north to Milwaukee. Stamm’s locations are part of a network of 41 TowBoatUS locations on the Great Lakes and 300 across the country.

“When boats break down and need a tow to the launch ramp, a battery jump, or some fuel to make it home, two ports are better than one,” said Capt. Stamm. “The 50-mile distance between Chicago and the former port in Kenosha was shortened by moving the port south to Waukegan. We also added Racine, which means faster TowBoatUS response times throughout our service area. When your boat breaks down on the water and you don’t know what to do, call us. We know how to get you safely home, and boaters tell us they get a great sense of relief when we arrive on scene.”

Much like an auto club for recreational boat owners, BoatUS offers an Unlimited Freshwater Towing Membership for just $72 a year. 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 Membership.

All of Stamm’s experienced captains are US Coast Guard licensed. TowBoatUS Racine is located at Pugh Marina. The port has a 25-foot former US Coast Guard SAFE Boat with a welded aluminum-plate hull and hard foam sides, custom-built to take vessels safely in tow. An all-weather Parker 25 is located at TowBoatUS Waukegan in Waukegan Municipal Harbor. Both are rigged for towing, jump starts, fuel delivery and soft ungroundings, ready to go 24 hours a day and easily recognizable by their red hulls and TowBoatUS name and logo emblazoned in bright white letters on their sides.

Separate from BoatUS on-water Towing Services, Stamm’s company also refloats sunken boats and provides salvage services.

Boaters can reach TowBoatUS Racine and TowBoatUS Waukegan by hailing on VHF channel 16, by calling the company directly at 708-890-9979, by phoning the BoatUS toll-free 24/7 Dispatch Center at 800-391-4869, or via smartphone using the new BoatUS Towing App. More information can be found at


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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, jump starts, fuel delivery, and soft ungroundings. The TowBoatUS towing fleet is North America’s largest network of towing ports with more than 300 locations and over 600 red towing assistance vessels, responding to over 70,000 requests for assistance each year. The BoatUS App makes it easy to summon water and road assistance 24/7, and can speed response times ( For more information go to