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TowBoatUS comes to the Crappie Capital of the World

by Scott Croft 12 Oct 2022 09:51 PDT
Capt. Chris Day, owner of the new TowBoatUS Weiss Lake, Alabama © Scott Croft

"Red is Ready" on Alabama's Weiss Lake with the opening of TowBoatUS Weiss Lake. Located on the Coosa River Chain, the lake is known by many as the "Crappie Capital of the World." Company owner Capt. Chris Day also owns TowBoatUS Logan Martin Lake, and TowBoatUS Lake Allatoona in neighboring Georgia. All are part of a nationwide 24/7 on-water assistance fleet with distinctive bright red hulls that provides routine help for the unexpected such as engine breakdowns and running aground.

Much like an auto club for recreational boat owners, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) offers on-water Unlimited Towing Memberships for freshwater boaters and anglers for just $99 per year. Towing, soft ungrounding, battery jumps and fuel drop-offs are all included, as well as more than 25 BoatUS benefits including discounts on transient slips and fuel, exclusive savings from national partners, a subscription to BoatUS Magazine, free DSC-VHF radio registration and more.

Nationwide, the 600 red TowBoatUS response vessels of the on-water towing service responds to around 90,000 requests for assistance each year, with the average cost for a tow about $850 out of pocket without a towing plan.

Earlier this year, Capt. Day was awarded "Tower of the Year" at the annual gathering of the nationwide TowBoatUS on-water towing and assistance fleet. He's a strong advocate of wearing life jackets and on-water training programs for boaters, teens and first responders. He also believes in supporting the communities he serves, whether that's providing safety boat services for events, supporting fundraisers or donating services to help clean up lakes.

Capt. Day's ports are ACAPT-accredited, supporting best practices in the recreational marine assistance industry. Separate from routine BoatUS on-water towing services, the company offers boat salvage, dive, and spill clean up services.

The company's 25-foot response vessel is stationed at Bay Springs Marina in Leesburg. The fastest way to request assistance from TowBoatUS Weiss Lake is to download the free BoatUS App, which connects boaters to the closest local towing captain. Additionally, the port can be reached at 770-881-1123, or by phoning the BoatUS toll-free 24/7 Dispatch Center at 800-391-4869.

For more go to BoatUS.com/Towing or call 800-888-4869.

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