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July 21, 2020

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TowBoatUS Comes to Lake Ray Roberts, Texas

Second location for owner Robert Harris of TowBoatUS Lake Lewisville

Capt. Robert Harris of TowBoatUS Lake Ray Roberts.
Capt. Robert Harris of TowBoatUS Lake Ray Roberts.
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SANGER, Texas, July 21, 2020 – Expanding a small business even in the best of times requires careful planning. However, for one “Big-D” area business owner, Capt. Robert Harris of TowBoatUS Lake Lewisville, expansion has meant you can’t ignore the increasing number of phone calls from boaters aboard disabled vessels on Lake Ray Roberts requesting routine on-water help. Harris was getting so many calls from the popular North Dallas fishing lake that he’s opened up a second location, TowBoatUS Lake Ray Roberts.

“There’s no other professional 24-hour towing service on the lake. By having a boat permanently stationed there, it will speed our response times,” said Harris, who holds a 100-ton Masters license and is a Navy veteran. When the artificial reservoir was created, its bottom was intentionally left with stumps and structure that is perfect for fish but less so for boat outdrives and lower units. “Some anglers don’t recognize where these locations are and end up damaging drive gear requiring a tow back to the ramp. That’s where we can help,” added Harris.

Tows back to a launch ramp or marina, soft ungroundings, battery jumps, and fuel drop-offs are the most common reasons boaters call TowBoatUS for assistance. Harris’ companies are part of a nationwide network of 300 TowBoatUS ports and 600 towing response vessels across the country that responded to more than 70,000 requests for assistance last year.

BoatUS offers on-water Unlimited Towing Memberships for freshwater boaters and anglers for just $85 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. Boaters with BoatUS Marine Insurance may choose to add Unlimited Freshwater Towing to their insured boat’s policy for just $36, cutting the price for on-water assistance by more than half.

Homeported at Lake Ray Roberts Marina, the company’s red 24-hour response vessel is rigged for towing, jump-starts, fuel delivery and soft ungroundings and is easily recognizable with TowBoatUS logos emblazoned in white letters on each side. All of the company’s towing captains are U.S. Coast Guard-licensed. Separate from BoatUS towing services, the company offers boat salvage and dive services.

The fastest way to summon assistance from TowBoatUS Lake Ray Roberts or TowBoatUS Lake Lewisville is to download the free BoatUS App which connects boaters to the closest local towing captain at the tap of a button. Additionally, the company can be reached at 972-757-5004, 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 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 ( For more information go to