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April 15, 2024

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TowBoatUS Expands Its Reach Into Florida’s 10,000 Islands, Everglades National Park

Newly opened TowBoatUS Everglades City shaves on-water response time by 2 hours

Capt. Todd and Dominique Dillman with family and TowBoatUS response vessels.
Capt. Todd and Dominique Dillman with family and TowBoatUS response vessels.
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EVERGLADES CITY, Fla., April 15, 2024 – Getting routine on-water assistance on the Chokoloskee Bay and in Everglades National Park’s 10,000 Island region just got better with the opening of TowBoatUS Everglades City. The new towboat port, which offers professional 24/7 on-water towing and assistance to recreational boaters, is expected to shorten response times significantly by eliminating the current 10- to15-mile response by water when dispatched from TowBoatUS Marco Island, the former closest TowBoatUS port north of the national park.

“By keeping a response boat ready 24/7 in Everglades City, we can respond to requests for towing and assistance much faster. It saves us up to two hours of water travel time to come down from Marco Island,” said Capt. Dillman. “Also, our Carolina Skiff response vessel only draws 6 inches. It allows us access to a lot of skinny water, areas we could not get into before. I think the combination of a shorter response time with the increased coverage area will be a win for boaters and anglers in the 10,000 Islands.”

TowBoatUS Everglades City, Marco Island and Naples are owned by Capt. Dillman and his wife, Dominique. All of the company’s captains are U.S. Coast Guard-licensed. The towing ports are part of the largest 24/7 on-water towing service in North America with more than 300 locations and 600 red TowBoatUS response vessels.

Much like an auto club for recreational boat owners, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) offers annual on-water Unlimited Towing Memberships for saltwater boaters and anglers for just $175 per year. Services include towing, soft ungrounding, battery jumps and fuel drop-offs. Members receive more than 25 BoatUS benefits including discounts at local fuel docks and transient slips at marinas. Also offered is a subscription to BoatUS Magazine, free DSC-VHF radio registration and more.

Separate from BoatUS on-water towing, the company offers boat salvage and environmental remediation services.

The fastest way to request assistance from TowBoatUS Everglades City, Marco Island and Naples is to download the free BoatUS App, which connects boaters to the closest local towing captain. Additionally, the company can be reached at 239-389-1177 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 nearly 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 towboats, 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