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one of four on water towing locations that opened this year.

Boating on the Upswing:
For the Company That Gets Recreational Boaters Home After a Breakdown, Four Locations Added and Tows Are Up

As the economy slowly improves, so has recreational boating. In May, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) reported healthy growth for the $35.4 billion recreational boating industry. Continued good weather has also increased summer boating activity, according to TowBoatUS. The national on water assistance service for recreational boaters has over 300 locations across the US, adding three new “ports” so far this year and re-opening another. All were on inland waters.

North Carolina saw the new addition of TowBoatUS High Rock Lake and TowBoatUS Lake Tillery. The third new port was TowBoatUS Sodus Bay in New York’s Thousand Island region. TowBoatUS Red Wing, on the Upper Mississippi in Minnesota, reopened after a year hiatus. These four add to the over 100 inland lake and river TowBoatUS ports for freshwater boaters.

“We continue to put focus on the inland fishing and boating market,” said BoatUS Towing Services Vice President Adam Wheeler, “And show why it’s so important to carry a BoatUS membership card with a towing plan in your tacklebox.” Wheeler also says if the weather holds – sunny days with little storm activity – the towing service is likely to surpass last year’s 70,000+ requests for on water assistance. The common reasons why boaters call the 24-hour service include engine breakdowns, battery jumps, fuel drop off, towing and soft ungrounding services. BoatUS also offers on road trailer and tow vehicle assistance to trailer boat owners.

According to the NMMA, the recreational boating industry in the United States has an annual economic impact of more than $121.5 billion, supporting 650,015 direct and indirect American jobs and nearly 35,000 businesses.

About Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS):

BoatUS is the nation¹s largest organization of recreational boaters with over a half million members. We are the boat owners’ voice on Capitol Hill and fight for their rights. We help ensure a roadside breakdown doesn’t end a boating or fishing trip before it begins, and on the water, we bring boaters safely back to the launch ramp or dock when their boat won’t, day or night. The BoatUS Insurance Program gives boat owners the specialized coverage and superior service they need, and we help keep boaters safe and our waters clean with assistance from the non-profit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. Visit



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