SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 12, 2011 – Atlantis Diving and Salvage of West Sacramento is the newest affiliate of BoatUS Towing Services, which gives boaters and anglers in the area a reliable resource to call when their boats break down on the water, run out of gas, or run aground. Owned by Captain Gary Borton, the company’s service area runs from Walnut Grove to above Knight’s Landing and is the third location in the California Delta offering recreational boat towing services that are also part of the BoatUS nationwide fleet. The other two established locations are Vessel Assist Vallejo and Vessel Assist Bethel Island.
Capt. Borton’s diving and salvage company, a fixture on the Sacramento River since 1981, primarily services municipal agencies and the public sector. However, Capt. Borton says he saw a strong need for recreational boat towing and decided to align his company with BoatUS Towing Services. “The Vessel Assist/BoatUS fleet is the biggest on the West Coast and the Delta”, said Borton. “They are known for getting boaters home quickly and safely, and our capabilities fit right in with their services.”
Capt. Borton has stationed a 36-foot and 23-foot response vessels at Riverbank Marina in Sacramento that now display “Approved BoatUS Tower” signage. To see the location on a map, go to www.BoatUS.com/Sacramento. Both of the boats are fully rigged for marine towing and salvage work and ready to go at a moment’s notice, including extra fuel, engine fluids, pumps, and battery "jump packs" to handle dead batteries.
Borton says rains can wash a lot of debris into the water, which can foul boat propellers and damage hulls. However, the most requests from boaters for on-the-water assistance come just after spring commissioning. “Folks are in a hurry to get back on the water which leads them to rush some preparations and forget a few things,” said Borton, who is USCG licensed.
Towing services are available to any mariner. However, much like an auto club for boaters, BoatUS members with an “Unlimited” on-the-water towing plan pay no out-of-pocket costs, which nationally average about $600 per incident. The cost for BoatUS’ “Unlimited” on-the-water towing service plan for freshwaters is just $34 a year, plus an additional $24 for BoatUS or BoatUS Angler membership ($58 total annually).
As an affiliate of BoatUS Towing Services, Borton’s company offers 24-hour services. Recreational boaters, sailors and anglers can call Atlantis Diving and Salvage at 916-372-7777, through the BoatUS toll-free Dispatch Service at 800-391-4869, or by hailing on VHF radio channel 16.
BoatUS Towing Services has over 600 towboats servicing hundreds of locations 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.