Capt. Tim Peters, new owner of TowBoatUS Boston, Beverly, Newburyport, and Portsmouth aboard one of his 24/7 response vessels. Download hi-res photo
BOSTON, March 18, 2020 – When Capt. Tim Peters began working at TowBoatUS Boston in 2002, the young captain had no idea one day he would own four TowBoatUS ports. Just 22 years old at the time, all he knew is that he had the best job in the world as a professional towing response-vessel captain, helping boaters with unexpected on-water troubles get home safely with a tow back to the launch ramp or dock. Dead engines, dead batteries and soft-ungroundings were his specialty.
Later, a stint in corporate America confirmed Peters’ yearning for a life on the water. “It’s what I wanted to do,” he said. He returned to the marine world captaining various commercial workboats in the Boston area and was also employed as a diver in the marine construction field. He came back to TowBoatUS Boston part-time, eventually going full-time managing the company’s largest and busiest location in Boston for six years.
Peters recently announced the purchase of the three TowBoatUS locations – Boston, Beverly and Newburyport – from Capt. Mike Goodridge, the company founder and one of the earliest owners in the TowBoatUS fleet, which today has more than 600 response vessels at more than 300 locations across the nation. Peters has also added a fourth location, TowBoatUS Portsmouth, located just across the Piscataqua River in Eliot, Maine, to better serve boaters in the area.
Battery jumps, fuel drop-offs and tows back to a launch ramp or marina are the most common reasons why boaters call TowBoatUS for help. BoatUS offers on-water Unlimited Towing Memberships for saltwater boaters and anglers for just $159 per year. Boaters without BoatUS towing services face costs that average $750 per towing incident, with some paying more.
While employees of the local on-water towing company are known for their honest and skilled approach to marine salvage and recovery work, it’s their day-to-day work that helps them solve problems on the water. Said Capt. Peters, “We have a towing, diving, rigging skillset. That comes in handy when untangling a boat from lobster pots or moorings in a congested harbor. Add swift current and working alone, and the process becomes challenging.”
The company’s service area runs from Southern Maine to Scituate, Massachusetts. Boston’s 10-foot tide sometimes confounds boaters. “It’s unforgiving,” said Peters. “We have lots of islands, and where you may be able to cut through one day, you’re aground the next. Hope for soft muck and not rock ledge. Either way, we can respond 24/7.” In the Merrimack River it’s a strong current with opposing winds that cause trouble for boaters. Salem Sound is loaded with lobster traps that snag unsuspecting boaters.
Peters is appreciative of working under Capt. Goodridge for nearly 17 years. “Mike has grown the business tremendously and is an absolute master of his craft,” said Peters. “I’ve been preparing for this transition for a long time, learning from a guy with 40 years of experience.” Many of the company’s U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captains and divers remain with the company.
The company’s eight response vessels range in size from 24- to 31 feet, from fast response/ shallow draft to long-range capable. They are rigged for towing, jump-starts, fuel delivery and soft ungroundings, easily recognizable by their bright red hulls with TowBoatUS logos emblazoned in white letters on their sides. The company also offers salvage, recovery, dive and hazmat services.
The fastest way to summon assistance from TowBoatUS Boston, Beverly, Newburyport and Portsmouth is to download the free BoatUS app, which connects boaters to the closest local towing captain. Additionally, the company can be reached at 978-465-8876, by hailing on VHF channel 16, or by phoning the BoatUS toll-free 24/7 Dispatch Center at 800-391-4869. More information can be found at BoatUS.com/Towing or by calling 800-888-4869.
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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 more than 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 (BoatUS.com/App). For more information go to BoatUS.com/Towing.