Capt. Steven Moore, a former hired captain with the on-the-water towing company TowBoatUS Lake Lewisville, has purchased the business from his former boss, Capt. Jay Nunnally, who will remain with the company as a towing captain.
Moore, who has boated on the lake for 30 years, is US Coast Guard licensed and carries a Masters 50-ton with commercial assistance towing certification. Much like an auto club for boaters, BoatUS offers on-the-water towing plans for freshwater boaters and anglers for just $58 a year, which includes BoatUS or BoatUS Angler membership.
"Jay opened this location in 2007 and built this business," said Moore. "TowBoatUS Lake Lewisville remains a 24/7 on-the-water assistance company that will get you back to a launch ramp or marina when your boat won't get you there," said Capt. Moore. The lake can be challenging. "Recently, on two consecutive weekends, it went from a dead calm to over 40 knots of wind in just minutes, and caught a lot of folks off guard," added Moore. The company has seen its share of calls for assistance for routine breakdowns: running out fuel, running aground, battery jumps and mechanical breakdowns.
The company's response boat is a 24-foot Sea Cat with red hull and "TowBoatUS" in reflective white letters along her sides. It is fully rigged for towing and salvage work, carrying extra fuel and engine fluids, pumps, dive gear and extended jumper cables. TowBoatUS Lake Lewisville may be called 24 hours a day at 972-757-5004, or through the BoatUS toll-free dispatch service at 800-391-4869, via smartphone with the free BoatUS Towing App, or by hailing on VHF radio Channel 16. To see the location on a map, go to BoatUS.com/lakelewisville.
Moore, a third generation boater, started boating on Lake Erie with his family and taught sailing in high school and college at the largest sailing program on the Great Lakes. Upon graduation from college in 1982, he was attracted to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area by a job offer, and never left. "Year-round boating was a huge draw to Dallas/Fort Worth area," he said. Outside the business, Moore personally owns five boats including two restored antique craft - a 1956 Lyman and 1970 Sea Ray Pachanga - a 300 hp Jet Ski, a 26' Boston Whaler Outrage, a 39' Sea Ray Express, and a 1964 Amphicar. The Amphicar draws almost as much attention as the TowBoatUS boats!
Moore is also a 27-year member of Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), which, in addition to offering on-the-water and roadside assistance towing plans, also offers boat insurance programs and is the nation's advocate for recreational boaters.