TowBoatU.S. Fort Lauderdale, founded in 1989 by Larry Acheson, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Acheson, who became involved in towing and salvage in Tampa Bay, said he fell in love with the industry immediately.
“From the very beginning I loved the challenge of towing boats in tight quarters and learning how to perform salvages,” Acheson stated in a company press release. “I have never minded the long hours or unpredictability of the business because the work fascinated me so much.”
The company has grown substantially from its early days, when Acheson plied his 26-foot Privateer towboat, along with a few lift bags and a couple pumps, and trailered the boat home to his apartment in Oakland Park at the end of each day.
Today, there are 13 boats and almost 40 full-time employees responding from multiple South Florida ports – 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They specialize in marine towing and salvage, as well as providing commercial launch services and work boat charter services to the marine community.
For more information, visit towboatusftlauderdale.com.