TowBoatUS Oregon Inlet has a new owner

Published 10:56 pm Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The new owner of the on-water towing and assistance service TowBoatUS Oregon Inlet, Capt. Joey Daniels, knows how important it is for both new and seasoned boaters to have help available when they need it, whether it’s when a boat breaks down, runs aground, runs out of fuel or needs a tow back.

As a lifelong Roanoke Island resident, boater and U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captain, Daniels is familiar with the conditions that boaters face in the area, including strong currents, shifting shoals and intense weather changes that can make for challenging navigation. “Our region draws a lot of recreational boaters and fishermen who travel through the Oregon Inlet and the Alligator River. The challenge is the shoals around here shift often, and if you’re unfamiliar with the area, it’s really easy to run aground,” said Daniels.

Much like an auto club for boaters, BoatUS offers on-water memberships for saltwater boaters and anglers.

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From working as a commercial vessel maintenance manager for a local Wanchese fishing company to running a dive-charter business, Daniels has more than 20 years of experience in the marine industry that eventually led him to TowBoatUS. Now, as the new owner of TowBoatUS Oregon Inlet, he says he is fortunate to work alongside previous owner Capt. Harry Schiffman, who will remain with the company.

“I enjoy problem-solving and helping people,” said Daniels. “With my on-water experience combined with Harry’s wealth of towing-company knowledge, I’m looking forward to helping boaters get home safely.”

Boaters can reach TowBoatUS Oregon Inlet by hailing on VHF channel 16 or by calling 252-423-8635.