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New TowBoatUS owner in Chesapeake Bay

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Capt. Brandon Meshey has taken over TowBoatUS Chesapeake City, a 24-hour on-water towing and assistance service for recreational boaters.

Capt. Meshey and his wife, Christina, who helps run the company along with the couple’s two sons, are longtime residents of Chesapeake City. Besides the Chesapeake City port, the Mesheys run three other TowBoatUS locations in Maryland – Georgetown, North East and Bear – covering the top of the Chesapeake and Delaware bays and the C&D Canal. While the bay is federally designated as “navigable,” there are many shallow spots that often cause boaters to run aground.

“Becoming a TowBoatUS owner has allowed me to combine my passion for boating with helping people who may be having a bad day on the water,” Capt. Meshey stated.

Capt. Meshey’s fleet includes four response vessels rigged for towing, jump-starts, fuel delivery and soft ungroundings. On-water assistance is provided by U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captains. “We now have one full-time local captain and several part-time captains at each port, providing greater coverage for boaters in the area,” Capt. Meshey said in a news release.

The company also provides salvage services, such as refloating sunken boats.

Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is an advocacy, services and safety group for recreational boaters. It has a nationwide network of more than 300 TowBoatUS locations.

Boaters can reach any of Capt. Meshey’s TowBoatUS ports by hailing on VHF channel 16, by calling the company directly at +1 410-885-5988, by phoning the BoatUS toll-free 24/7 dispatch center at 1-800-391-4869, or via smartphone using the new BoatUS App. For more information, visit BoatUS.com/Towing, or call 800-888-4869.

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