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Boat Towing & On-Water Emergency Service

We provide 24-hour towing & other emergency marine services on Lake Champlain, like jumpstarts & fuel delivery for out-of-gas situations. We also handle tow calls for the major marine insurance providers.

We also provide towing/recovery service for soft- & hard-groundings, as well as salvage for sunk boats.

For service north of the Winooski River/Port Kent:

(802) 355-3148 - Red Cap Marine & Salvage

For service south of the Winooski River/Port Kent:

(802) 598-9188 - Burlington Harbor Launch & Tow


The Fleet

Our tow boat fleet includes:

  • 26' Penga diesel "Rachel Z"

  • 24' Hydrasports 2390 Vector CC

  • 24' Boston Whaler pilothouse

  • 24' Steiger Craft

  • 22' C-Hawk 22' "Big Mae"

  • 23' Starcraft Islander hardtop

  • 18' Angler "Little Belle"


Big "MAE" is a 1999 C-Hawk 22' with a 175hp Yamaha Outboard and a robust towing bar.  We were lucky to find her out in St. Johnsbury for a reasonable price.  It took a winter of grinding, wiring, and set up work to get the boat going, but we are happy to have this one as part of the fleet. The boat is set up with a lifting bag system for hard grounding and submerged salvages, diving support equipment, and a bow lifting crane for light duty Marine work.  We use "MAE" for long distance and rapid response towing all over Lake Champlain.


The Hydrasports is a heavy ocean-capable deep-V that we found for sale down in Norfolk VA. After a rough start -- the original Yamaha outboard threw a rod -- we repowered with a 300hp Suzuki. We use this boat for towing, scuba, & salvage/recovery. It has an onboard compressed air system, a 1,000 lbs capacity bow crane, megahertz-band side- and down-imaging sonar, onboard A/C power & a submersible ROV.

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