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February 24, 2022

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Capt. Chris Cummins Appointed General Manager of Reopened TowBoatUS North Padre Island, Texas

Capt. Chris Cummins (L) and Capt. Justin Nesloney (R).
Capt. Chris Cummins (L) and Capt. Justin Nesloney (R).
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NORTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas, Feb. 24, 2022 – Capt. Justin Nesloney, owner of TowBoatUS Port Aransas, Texas, has appointed Capt. Chris Cummins general manager of Nesloney’s newest location in the region, TowBoatUS North Padre Island.

“Capt. Cummins has been an asset from day one, steadily growing into leadership roles,” said Nesloney. “In his new role as general manager, he’s completely at the helm of our North Padre Island port, handling everything from dispatching and maintenance to HR and business operations.”

Nesloney opened his first TowBoatUS location offering professional on-water assistance to boaters in Port Aransas nearly one year ago, then reopened the North Padre Island port, which had been shuttered by previous owners, late last year. There are now seven coastal Texas TowBoatUS locations, with a grand total of 13 in the Lone Star State. All are part of a nationwide fleet of more than 300 locations and 600 red TowBoatUS response vessels that provide towing, battery jumps, soft ungroundings and fuel drop-offs.

Unique to the entire U.S. fleet of TowBoatUS response vessels, Nesloney’s company is the only one with a 19-foot airboat, perfectly suited for the region’s shallow waters. Powered by a 500-hp engine, “the airboat helps us get into places no other kinds of vessels can,” said Nesloney. Additionally, three red Haynie response vessels, ranging from 18- to 24-feet and emblazoned with TowBoatUS in white letters, round out the company’s towing fleet. The company’s towing captains are all U.S. Coast Guard-licensed. Separate from BoatUS towing services, the company offers boat salvage and dive services.

BoatUS offers on-water Unlimited Towing Memberships for saltwater boaters and anglers for just $165 per year. Boaters without BoatUS towing services face costs averaging $750 per towing incident, with some paying more. Included with Unlimited Towing membership are more than 25 Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) benefits and discounts, a subscription to BoatUS Magazine, free DSC-VHF radio registration, and more.

The fastest way to summon assistance from TowBoatUS North Padre Island or TowBoatUS Port Aransas is to download the free BoatUS App, which connects boaters to the closest local towing captain in less than a minute. Additionally, the company can be reached at 361-813-1273, 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 or by calling 800-888-4869.


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About TowBoatUS:

Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is the nation's leading advocacy, services and safety group for recreational boaters. We are the Boat Owners Auto Club and provide our more than 800,000 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 80,000 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