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May 07, 2020

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TowBoatUS Islamorada Takes Tower of the Year Honors at BoatUS Towing Services Conference

(L to R) TowBoatUS Islamorada owners Carlos Galindo and Ilene Perez (credit: BoatUS)
(L to R) TowBoatUS Islamorada owners Carlos Galindo and Ilene Perez (credit: BoatUS)
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ISLAMORADA, Fla., May 7, 2020 – A local business that helps boaters with routine on water assistance was recognized for its professionalism at the 2020 BoatUS Towing Services Annual Conference held in Orlando, Florida. TowBoatUS Islamorada, which is owned and operated by Capt. Carlos Galindo and Ilene Perez, took “Tower of the Year” honors besting more than 100 TowBoatUS companies.

Upon receiving the honor Ms. Perez said, “A deeply grateful ‘thank you’ to our BoatUS members, without whom this would not be possible, and to our TowBoatUS family whose encouragement and support keep us afloat everyday. A special heart-filled thanks to the former company owners, Capt. Barrie Pierce McCune and Capt. Diana McCune, for trusting us with TowBoatUS Islamorada. The day we closed the sale of the business we made a promise to keep your legacy going. This award is in your honor!”

The company’s red towing response vessels are a familiar sight in the Florida Keys. TowBoatUS Islamorada provides assistance to recreational boats that break down, run aground, run out of fuel, or need a battery jumpstart. The award acknowledges the company for its near-perfect 24-hour towing dispatch operation, superior customer service and satisfaction, towing case management, and its work in the local boating community.

Capt. Galindo is originally from Cuba while Ms. Perez hails from Miami. “Carlos and Ilene are living the American dream,” said BoatUS Vice President of Towing Services John Condon. “Their bilingual language skills and their reputation for prompt, professional, and friendly service at any hour of the day or night have made them a lot of friends in the Keys.”

The company has three response vessels, from 24- to 31-feet, stationed at Plantation Yacht Harbor Marina and IslaMarina across from the US Coast Guard station, ready to go at a moment’s notice to assist boaters. Much like an auto club for recreational boaters, TowBoatUS Islamorada is part of a nationwide network that annually responds to more than 70,000 requests for routine on-water assistance.

TowBoatUS Islamorada can be hailed on VHF channel 16, by calling the company directly at 305-852-6451, by phoning the BoatUS toll-free 24/7 Dispatch Center at 800-391-4869, or via smartphone using the free BoatUS App.


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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