New owner for Sea Tow in lower NY

Mar 6, 2014 by Guest Writer

Capt. Jack Schachner has assumed ownership of the Sea Tow Lower New York location, serving the boating areas of lower New York and Long Island, including the East River north to Hell’s Gate, Jamaica Bay, and offshore.

A U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captain, Schachner has been in the marine assistance business for more than 20 years.

Sea Tow Lower New York employs four USCG-licensed captains and has four boats, including vessels ready for rapid response and reserve vessels. For more information, please call 718-646-1111 or visit

In related news, Sea Tow founder Capt. Joe Frohnhoefer was awarded the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s 2014 Charles F. Chapman Award for his distinguished boating career spanning more than 40 years.

In 1965, Frohnhoefer started Water Thrills, a marine company offering water skiing instruction, Red Cross swimming instruction, and sailboat and powerboat rentals. During this time, he also served as a volunteer emergency medical technician and firefighter, reaching the rank of captain.

In 1982, a change in U.S. Coast Guard regulations meant it would no longer tow in non-emergency situations. The opportunity to combine his life saving skills, commitment to public service, entrepreneurial spirit and love of the water was the inspiration the founding of Sea Tow Services International in 1983.

He founded the Sea Tow Foundation in 2007 to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities on the water and to date, it has provided more than 20,000 life jackets to the boating public via its Life Jacket Loaner program.