Please select your home edition
Marine Resources 2022 - LEADERBOARD

After 30 years, TowBoatUS Oyster Bay, N.Y., has a new owner

by BoatUS 27 Jul 12:04 PDT
TowBoatUS Oyster Bay provides professional on-water assistance 24/7 including towing, soft ungrounding, battery jump and fuel drop-off services © Scott Croft

TowBoatUS Oyster Bay, a 24/7 provider of on-water towing and assistance for recreational boaters with additional locations in Huntington, New York, and Norwalk, Connecticut, recently celebrated three decades in business. Now former owner Capt. Mitch Kramer has stepped aside with a new owner at the helm, Tom Vetere.

Kramer isn't going too far, however. He's staying aboard along with other familiar faces including Capt. Jay Wigginton at TowBoatUS Norwalk, Capt. Steve Morlock at TowBoatUS Huntington, and deckhand Nick Casella. Newly joining the company are Port Captain John Testa who will oversee day-to-day operations, and Capt. Mike Callesano.

"I became interested in TowBoatUS because it's a business that puts people first," says Vetere, who has a background in running small companies. "Mitch takes pride in his work, and we are going to build upon his incredible 30-year track record of providing great customer service. I am also excited that John and Mike have come aboard. We've got a talented team in place." All the company's captains are U.S. Coast Guard-licensed.

The company's presence on both Long Island's North Shore and Connecticut includes four red response vessels that are part of a nationwide network of more than 600 response vessels and more than 300 locations that respond to more than 90,000 requests for routine assistance each year. "We have a very active boating area with locals as well as those transiting through," adds Vetere. Most requests for assistance are a result of unexpected troubles such as an engine breakdown or running up on a shoal. In addition to towing and soft ungrounding, the company provides battery jumps, fuel drop-offs and prop disentanglement services. Separate from BoatUS on-water towing, the company offers boat salvage services.

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 $165 per year. 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.

The fastest way to request assistance from TowBoatUS Oyster Bay is to download the free BoatUS App, which connects boaters to the closest local towing captain. Additionally, the company can be reached at 516-702-9791, or by phoning the BoatUS toll-free 24/7 Dispatch Center at 800-391-4869.

For more go to or call 800-888-4869.

Related Articles

Heather Lougheed takes the helm
As President of BoatUS Foundation for boating safety and clean water Heather Lougheed, vice president of the nearly 800,000-member boating advocacy, services and safety group, BoatUS, is taking on a second organizational role with the appointment to president of the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. Posted on 24 Nov
BoatUS/NWSA leadership in Women's Sailing Award
Nominations are being sought The National Women's Sailing Association (NWSA) and Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) are seeking nominations for the 2024 BoatUS/NWSA Leadership in Women's Sailing Award. Posted on 17 Nov
Funding for docks and visiting boater amenities
Boating Infrastructure Grants can make it easy to attract visiting boaters Does your town or region make it easy for boaters to visit and spend locally? Having safe, protected dockage and offering amenities to these tourists by water can bring boaters in, but how do you pay for it? Posted on 26 Oct
Alan Dennison elected Chairman of NSBC
BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water program supervisor BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water program supervisor Alan Dennison has been elected chairman of the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC). Posted on 19 Oct
BoatUS Foundation receives $10 million NOAA grant
To fund removal of abandoned and derelict vessels Boats end up abandoned or derelict on our nation's coasts for several reasons. Irresponsible owners abandon vessels when they can no longer afford to care for them or pay for their disposal. Posted on 6 Sep
It's homecoming for Capt. Shaun Curtis
New owner of TowBoatUS Fort Loudon/Tellico Lake, Tenn For five years, Knoxville native Capt. Shaun Curtis successfully managed and captained the on-water towing and assistance port for recreational boaters, TowBoatUS Fort Loudon/Tellico Lake Posted on 8 Aug
TowBoatUS 24/7 comes to Lake Granbury, Texas
Tiki hut dinner cruise captain and former bull rider opens new business helping boaters Capt. Tray Hudgens rode bulls in the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association for 3 years and spent 32 years commuting three hours a day to a corporate job. Posted on 20 Jul
Capt. Daimin Barth strikes out on his own
As New Owner of TowBoatUS Carrabelle/St. Marks Five years ago, when Capt. Daimin Barth began as a part-time captain for a TowBoatUS company on Florida's Gulf Coast, “I always knew that I wanted to do my own thing,” says the 36-year-old and former auto mechanic. Posted on 17 Jul
TowBoatUS Walter F. George opens on Alabama's Lake
They've salvaged thousands of hurricane-damaged boats; now they help Lake Eufaula boaters get home Brett Taporowski and Ben Morgan, who have a combined 50 years experience salvaging boats damaged or destroyed by storms, have an impressive record. Posted on 30 Jun
Newsom proposes 300% registration fee increase
Boaters currently pay $107 million in annual motor fuel taxes BoatUS, and RBOC are asking Golden State boat owners to speak up on a recently proposed 300% boat registration fee increase outlined in Governor Newsom's 2024 budget. Posted on 29 Jun
North Sails Performance 2023 - FOOTERRS Sailing 2021 - FOOTERMaritimo 2023 M600 FOOTER