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Beaufort Towing ServicesTowBoatUS currently operates 20 ports in NC with 12 of the ports on the NC coast. More towing ports means more towing assistance at the ready, which equals less wait time when you need assistance on the water.

TowBoatUS in Beaufort, NC operates under the company of Atlantic Coast Marine Group, Inc. Capt Lee Sykes is President / Owner / Operator of the company and has been in the towing and marine salvage business for almost 10 years.

In May of 2011 TowBoatUS expanded their operations to include TowBoat Jordan Lake (and the surrounding areas) and is now operating on Falls Lake, Lake Gaston and Kerr Lake. In 2012 TowBoatUS Beaufort expanded operations to include Swansboro! We have two captains dedicated to the Swansboro area working out of Caspers Marina. New ports for the NC Lakes in 2015 are High Rock Lake and Smith Mt Lake (in VA).

In addition to Captain Sykes, he has Office Manager and Dispatcher Carol Roop. Carol has been with TowBoatUS Beaufort since September of 2005 and is the "voice of the Crystal Coast airways" on VHF Channel 16. Joining Carol in Dispatcher and Marketing duties is Christy Howard. Chris is born and raised on the Crystal Coast and familiar with much of the waterways throughout our AOR. Whether you call by phone or VHF - you have a team ready to respond!

Capt Sykes also has four full time Tow Captains (view our Captains below) as well as many on-call/ part-time Tow Captains to cover our Beaufort through Swansboro operations. Our lake operations have grown over the years and we now have 12 full to part-time captains covering 6 lakes.  All combined there are hundreds of years towing experience of Licensed and Qualified Tow Captains within the company ready to assist!

 nc lakes crewOur NC Lakes Division covers the areas of Jordan Lake, Falls Lake, Kerr Lake, Lake Gaston, High Rock Lake and NOW Smith Mountain Lake! But remember now - no matter where you boat in the United States you are covered (up to your per incident level) if you have a TowBoatUS membership.For more details about your membership coverages on the NC Lakes call locally 919-303-1669.

This is a picture of our NC Lakes Captains in one of our Privateers in front of the Falls Lake response center.

TowBoatUS Beaufort covers the areas along the ICW from "The Wiggles" up Adams Creek down through Swansboro to the Onslow Swing Bridge. Off shore coverage is up to 75 miles (WE GO TO BIG ROCK!). Keep in mind though that you are covered no matter where you boat in the United States. One membership covers you on any recreational boat you own (and as many as you own), borrow or happen to rent for the day. Call for more details 252-728-5088!

More Ports + More Boats = Faster Response Time!

And let's not forget our pups! Capt Joe's dog Scout is featured first. Second pic is of Capt Andrew's puppy Ally. And finally - Capt "Chainsaw" Arthur's dog Skipper!

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About the Owner


Capt Lee Sykes is current President / Owner / Operator of the company and has been in the towing and marine salvage business since 2005. Prior to joining TowBoatUS as a Tow Captain in 2006, Capt Sykes was running his own fishing charter boat. An avid fisherman himself Capt Sykes has always enjoyed being on the water. Helping boaters that need assistance just seemed like an easy extension of his experience and background on the waters of the Crystal Coast.

In January of 2010, 2011, and 2014 Captain Sykes was awarded the BoatUS Annual Woody Pollack Memorial Certificate at the Annual BoatUS Conference. The award is given to TowBoatUS Captains who demonstrate actions above and beyond the call of duty during a heroic rescue or life saving case. Capt Sykes is never far from a VHF radio and with his fleet of boats within yards of the office, he can meet most boaters emergency rescue needs.

At the Annual BoatUS Conference TowBoatUS Beaufort has been awarded the Membership Achievement Award for outstanding membership sales in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016!!!!!!! We would like to thank the many boaters that signed up and rely on TowBoatUS to be there when they need towing assistance. Today we represent over 600,000 Members. As a BoatUS Member you are part of a family committed to boating safety, education, and the preservation of waterways for generations to come. There is strength in our numbers, and our hands on approach ensures that with any of our services - you always get more than what you pay for!

Capt Sykes is originally from Mt Olive, NC and has been residing on the Crystal Coast since 2003. He spends his off time "perfecting" his fishing skills. Capt Sykes also is available for speaking engagements on such topics as inland and off-shore fishing, as well as trends in the towing and salvage business.

Capt Sykes is married to Kristen Smith and have one daughter - Charli. What a beuatiful crew Lee has!
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Towing On-the-Water Assistance We are available 24 hours-a-day, 365 days a year.  Our comprehensive towing package insures your peace-of-mind.


Salvage Sinkings, hard groundings, etc.We have the equipment and expertise to help "rescue" your boat.  Sinkings, hard groundings, and more are what we do.

Environmental Services Rapid Response TimesOur professionally trained and experienced personel helps minimize environmental impact. On-the-water and on-land.