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Local Tug Captain And Marina Operator Are New Owners Of TowBoatUS Virginia Beach
Capt. Allen Owen and Wife, Paula, Help Boaters Get Home Safely
Tug Captain Allen Owen and his wife, Paula, a marina operator and prominent local fishing tournament organizer, have purchased TowBoatUS Virginia Beach, VA, located at Marina Shores Marina in Lynnhaven Inlet, from Capt. Owen’s niece, Amy, and her husband Eli Hopkins.
Allen Owen, a Virginia native and USCG licensed captain, has worked on the water for the past 31 years, most recently spending the last 13 as a local tug captain. Paula Owen, who originally hails from Maryland, was a marina manager in the Tidewater area. She is currently with Fishermen’s Wharf Marina, but many local boaters know her from her work in organizing two popular fishing tournaments, the Virginia Beach Invitational Marlin Tournament and Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament.
TowBoatUS Virginia Beach is equipped with two response vessels: a 24-foot Privateer and 28-foot Mako. Both vessels can be identified by their distinctive red hulls with white bow stripes and “TowBoatU.S.” lettering along their sides. Onboard each is a full complement of towing and salvage equipment including extra fuel, engine fluids, pumps, and battery “jump packs” to handle every breakdown from running out of fuel to running aground. The TowBoatUS towing port is part of the nation’s largest on-the-water towing service for recreational boaters.
According to Paula, until recently most boaters needing on-the-water help were locals from the area, but there are now more vacationers in the summer and rockfish anglers in the winter. “We’re becoming more well known for our great fishing,” said Paula. Some typical reasons why boaters call for assistance are for engine failures or running out of fuel, but ethanol-laden gasoline seems to be the greatest cause of problems. “Change your fuel filters regularly, keep your tank full and never rely on your gas gauge,” advises Capt. Owen.
Similar to a roadside auto club, BoatUS offers on-the-water assistance plans starting at around $37 a year. Without a towing plan, boaters face costs that nationally average about $600 per incident. Boaters in need of towing assistance can reach TowBoatUS Virginia Beach by calling the company directly at 757-426-3222; by VHF radio on channel 16; or through the BoatUS toll-free Dispatch Service at 800-391-4869 or visit http://www.BoatUS.com/Towing for more information.
Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is the nation's leading advocate for recreational boaters providing its 650,000 members with a wide array of consumer services, including on-the-water towing assistance provided by TowBoatUS and Vessel Assist Pacific. Combined, these two towing fleets offer North American boaters the largest network of US, Canadian and Bahamian towing ports with over 280 locations and nearly 500 towing assistance vessels - twice that of any other service provider.