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March 14, 2022

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How Does the BoatUS App Shorten On-Water Response Times from TowBoatUS?

Helping boaters on the water get home

Boaters shouldn’t leave the dock without the BoatUS App.
Boaters shouldn’t leave the dock without the BoatUS App.
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SPRINGFIELD, Va. March 14, 2022 − When boats break down or run aground, many recreational boaters use the free BoatUS App to request TowBoatUS on-water assistance. It’s the only on-water towing app with the ability to link the captain of a recreational boat with the closest local TowBoatUS towing captain, eliminating the need to call to BoatUS national dispatch.

Said John Condon, BoatUS vice president of towing services, “The BoatUS App can be a time saver when time really counts, automatically providing the closest nearby TowBoatUS captain with the disabled boat’s confirmed GPS location. Just hit the “request a tow” button and you’re on your way to get a tow home.”

Once the app is activated it asks a few short questions to confirm the vessel type, how many are aboard, anchoring status, the nature of the problem and desired destination.

The App helps keep the boat captain and crew informed, lowering stress levels. Within seconds, a text message is sent to the disabled recreational vessel confirming the information and request was received, and a few minutes later a follow up text provides an estimated time of arrival. A call or text message from the local TowBoatUS towing captain advising they are underway follows.

The app also offers hurricane alerts, weather and tides; helps BoatUS members find discounts on fuel, transient slips, and marine services.

Much like an auto club for recreational boat owners, BoatUS offers on-water Unlimited Towing Memberships for boaters and anglers for freshwaters for just $99 per year and $165 for saltwaters. Included are more than 25 benefits and discounts, a subscription to BoatUS Magazine, free DSC-VHF radio registration, and more. For more information go to


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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