Captain Robert Manley, a New Jersey native who has been running marine businesses in the Caribbean for the last 25 years, has opened TowBoatUS St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
“I’ve been towing boats and helping boaters ever since I came to St. Thomas. The only real difference now is that I am working with BoatUS, which has great member benefits,” says Manley.
Now anyone who boats in the USVI or the nearby Spanish Virgin Islands can take advantage of 24/7 on-water assistance. Much like an auto club for boaters, TowBoatUS offers on water towing plans for saltwater boaters and anglers for just $149 a year which includes BoatUS membership.
Manley is well known locally from running Above & Below Marine Services, a company that offers a range of boat-repair and assistance services. His goal now is to let people know about TowBoatUS membership and benefits.
TowBoatUS St. Thomas is based at Ruans Marine in Banner Bay on the east end of the island. In addition to St. Thomas, it covers the islands of St Croix and St. John in the USVI and Puerto Rico’s Culebra and Vieques, known as the Spanish Virgin Islands. “Culebra is just 12 nautical miles away. It’s lot closer to us than it is to mainland Puerto Rico,” says Manley.
The towing service has two bright red assist boats: a 29ft Fountain powered by twin 150hp outboards, and a 33ft Bertram with twin diesels.
Boaters can reach TowBoatUS St. Thomas by hailing on VHF channel 16, calling the company directly at: 340-201-2820. By phoning the BoatUS toll-free 24/7 Dispatch Center at: 800-391-4869. Or via smartphone using the free BoatUS Towing App.