PORT ARANSAS, Texas, March 4, 2013 – A 1990 Port Aransas High School graduate who left the Lone Star State to helm superyachts before coming home to grow roots, has opened his own business. Capt. Randall Moore has purchased TowBoatUS Port Aransas and TowBoatUS North Padre Island from Capt. Mike Roberson, a local fixture on bay and Gulf waters for over 20years. Much like an auto club for boaters, TowBoatUS offers on-the-water towing plans for saltwater boaters and anglers for just $149 a year, which includes BoatUS or BoatUS Angler membership.
The USCG-licensed Moore, who enjoys local flats fishing and duck hunting, says of his 15-year experience as an Engineer, Chief Mate and Captain aboard sportfishing motherships and superyachts: “I was fortunate to run some really good boats for some great families.” He fished from the Great Barrier Reef to the Azores, and circumnavigated the world before coming ashore in 2005 to marry his high school sweetheart and run his family’s business, Island Construction. A year ago, he became a stay-at-home dad and part-time delivery captain, and approached Capt. Roberson, who will remain with the company as a consultant.
Capt. Moore, who is also a Texas A&M Marine Engineering alum, has three red towing response vessels offering service up to 50-miles offshore. “It’s not uncommon to run 40 to 50 miles on a call,” said Moore. The boats include a 25-foot Sea Ark Commander, a 23-foot Sea Ark Roustabout, and he just added an AB F-24 rigid hull inflatable and a 29-foot Silver Ships Ambar. All have “TowBoatUS” in white letters along their sides and are fully rigged for towing and salvage work, carrying extra fuel and engine fluids, pumps, dive gear and battery “jump packs.”
For real skinny waters, he has access to an airboat. “A lot of the flats are eight inches of water or less, making it easy to run aground,” said Moore. In addition to towing services, Moore also has an arsenal of heavy equipment at his disposal for salvage operations. “Having all of the resources under one roof makes the job better for customers.”
Boaters can reach TowBoatUS Port Aransas and TowBoatUS North Padre Island 24 hours a day at 361-813-1273, through the BoatUS toll-free dispatch service at 800-391-4869, or by hailing on VHF channel 16. To see the locations on a map, go to BoatUS.com/portaransas
, respectively. The company is part of BoatUS Towing Services with over 300 locations nationwide. For more information, go to www.BoatUS.com/towing
or call 800-888-4869.
About BoatUS Towing Services:
Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is the nation's leading advocate for recreational boaters providing over half a million members with a wide array of consumer services, including on-the-water towing assistance provided by TowBoatUS and Vessel Assist. Combined, these two towing fleets offer boaters, anglers and sailors the world’s largest network of towing ports with over 300 locations and over 600 towing assistance vessels — three times larger than the closest competitor.