Capt. Logan Thomas is the third generation of his family to grow up on Lake Wylie, forever exploring the waterway’s 325 miles of shoreline, inlets and coves that straddle the border of North and South Carolina. Now the 2021 UNC Wilmington graduate is the new owner of the 24/7 on-water boat towing and assistance company, TowBoatUS Lake Wylie. Thomas, who is also a credentialed boat surveyor and a Chapman School of Seamanship alumnus, was formerly a hired captain for the towing service and purchased the small business from Capts. Adam and Keirsten Huth, who are staying on part-time.
“I love the lake,” said Thomas, “I know it up and down. Taking the helm of TowBoatUS Lake Wylie is a natural next step. I’m excited.”
At age 23, Thomas is one of the youngest company owners in the nationwide TowBoatUS fleet of 300-plus locations with more than 600 red response vessels that respond to about 90,000 requests for assistance each year. The company provides professional, routine on-water assistance including towing, battery jump, fuel drop-off and soft ungrounding services. All of the company’s captains are Coast Guard-licensed.
Much like an auto club for recreational boat owners, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) offers on-water Unlimited Towing Memberships for freshwater boaters and anglers for just $99 per year. Also included are more than 25 BoatUS benefits including discounts on transient slips and fuel, exclusive savings from national partners, a subscription to BoatUS Magazine, free DSC-VHF radio registration and more.
TowBoatUS Lake Wylie’s three 19- and 20-foot response vessels are easily recognized by their bright red hulls with “TowBoatUS” in white letters on each side and are stationed Lake Wylie Marina and Pier 49 Marina.
Separate from BoatUS on-water towing services, the company offers boat salvage, spill cleanup, and dive services.
The fastest way to request assistance from TowBoatUS Lake Wylie is to download the free BoatUS App, which connects boaters to the closest local towing captain. Additionally, the company can be reached at 803-681-0911, by hailing on VHF channel 16, or by phoning the BoatUS toll-free 24/7 Dispatch Center at 800-391-4869.