Vessel Assist is now TowBoatUS


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Local on the Water Towing Company Has a New Name

The TowBoatUS Oahu response boat with the new name along her sides.
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OAHU, Hawaii, July 21, 2016 – When recreational boats break down, run aground or need a little help getting back to the launch ramp or boat slip, the red response boats of Vessel Assist Oahu and Vessel Assist Kona have been there to lend boaters assistance. Now the 24-hour on water towing and assistance service has new names for the two Hawaiian locations: TowBoatUS Oahu and TowBoatUS Kona.

The move to rename Vessel Assist to TowBoatUS – with locations in CA, AZ, OR, WA, HI and British Columbia, Canada – recognizes TowBoatUS standing as North America’s largest provider of on water assistance with over 300 locations and 600 towing response vessels.

Other than the name change, local boaters will still see the same familiar, professional captains at the helm. The bright red response boats have “TowBoatUS” in big white letters on each side. All are fully equipped for towing and salvage with dewatering pumps, dive gear, lift bags, towing gear, battery jump packs and extra fuel. Nationwide, the towing service responded to over 70,000 requests for routine assistance last year.

Much like an auto club for boaters, BoatUS offers Unlimited Towing Membership Plans for saltwater boaters, anglers and sailors for just $149 a year that includes BoatUS membership. All plans are good for any boat owned, rented or borrowed. Boaters face costs that average $700 per towing incident – with some paying into the thousands out of pocket – when they don’t have an annual BoatUS towing plan.

To contact TowBoatUS Oahu call 808-277-0772. For TowBoatUS Kona, call 808-960-8174. Boaters can also reach either company on VHF radio channel 16, by dialing BoatUS 24-hour towing dispatch at 800-391-4869 or with a tap on the BoatUS Towing App. To learn more about TowBoatUS towing services, go to


About TowBoatUS:

Celebrating 50 years in 2016, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is the nation's leading advocate, services and safety group for recreational boaters. We provide our over 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, will bring you fuel if you run out, jumpstart your dead battery, or provide a gentle pull after you’ve run aground. The TowBoatUS towing fleet is the North America’s largest network of towing ports with over 300 locations and over 600 towing assistance vessels, responding to over 70,000 requests for assistance each year. For more go to

July 28, 2016 by Sheri Reeves

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