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March 16, 2023

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Co-Workers Team Up to Become New Owners of TowBoatUS Lake Cumberland, Ky., and TowBoatUS Dale Hollow Lake, Ky./Tenn.

24/7 on-water assistance company helps boaters get safely home

(L to R) Capts. Jared Smith and Mike Brown of TowBoatUS Lake Cumberland, KY (credit: BoatUS).
(L to R) Capts. Jared Smith and Mike Brown of TowBoatUS Lake Cumberland, KY (credit: BoatUS).
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MONTICELLO, Ky., March 16, 2023 — Captains Mike Brown and Jared Smith, who met while both were working at a marina in Tennessee, are the new owners of TowBoatUS Lake Cumberland and TowBoatUS Dale Hollow Lake, an on-water boat towing and assistance service that helps boaters get home after a breakdown. These two locally-owned “ports” – and soon to be a third, if plans go well – are part of the largest nationwide towing fleet with more than 600 red TowBoatUS response vessels.

“We kept talking about it and how it would be a great opportunity for both us,” said. “Jared and I kept pulling the numbers until it worked. We’re very excited – it’s our first full-time joint business venture. We’re ready to help when you need us, 24/7.” The company provides professional routine on-water assistance including towing, battery jump, fuel drop-off and soft ungrounding services.

Much like an auto club for recreational boat owners, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) offers on-water Unlimited Towing Memberships for all freshwater boaters including houseboat owners for just $99 per year. Another option for houseboaters is Unlimited Gold Membership for $200 per year – it covers 100% dock-to-ramp and dock-to-mooring tows.

Included with both 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.

TowBoatUS Lake Cumberland homeports a 22-foot red response vessel, fully rigged for towing and salvage, at Conley Bottom Marina. Brown and Smith plan to at add a second location at Lake Cumberland Marina later this year as boating activity picks up. On Dale Hollow Lake, a 24-foot red TowBoatUS response vessel is at Mitchell Creek Marina.

Separate from BoatUS Towing Services, the company provides boat salvage and environmental remediation services. “We’ll also soon offer HydroHoist installation, maintenance and repair,” adds Smith. Both his and Brown’s marine industry backgrounds bode their businesses well.

The fastest way to request assistance is to download the free BoatUS App, which connects boaters to the closest local towing captain. Additionally, both TowBoatUS locations can be reached at 606-939-1636, or by phoning the BoatUS toll-free 24/7 Dispatch Center at 800-391-4869.

For more go to or call 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 90,000 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