"I am happy for the opportunity and I look forward to it,” said Capt. Leinheiser, 39, who took over the Sea Tow Delaware River franchise in February 2014. “I hope to build on what we have here and make our operation even better. I worked under Capt. Factor all of last season, and I grew up on both sides of the river, so this is my home.”
Capt. Leinheiser and his wife, Heather, live in Burlington Township. They run their Sea Tow operation with a crew of experienced U.S. Coast Guard-licensed Captains.
“I rotate in my captains so they are not bombarded,” said Capt. Leinheiser. “I will take the brunt of the work as franchise owner and operator, including the off-hours and weekends. I am 100 percent committed to ensuring coverage on the water.”
Three Sea Tow vessels make up his current fleet: Two 25-foot Parker pilothouse boats (one with twin 250-hp outboards, the other with a single 250-hp outboard) and a 20-foot center console Boston Whaler with a single 225-hp outboard. All the boats can be put on a trailer quickly for access to any part the coverage area.
“The water I cover is a complete mix of recreational and commercial traffic,” Capt. Leinheiser said. “It’s busy with marinas, restaurants and cruisers. On the commercial side there’s the old U.S. Steel port and a Navy yard, lots of bridges that are always opening for large ships, and a big anchorage for commercial vessels where the pilots wait.”
Capt. Leinheiser says he has yet to encounter any extreme situations, but he’s ready for them should they arise. “We work hand in hand with the marine police and U.S. Coast Guard,” he said. “The Delaware River has a seven-foot tide and a seven-knot current, which is pretty quick. We have a lot of groundings where someone will ruin their lower unit and have to be towed. Fuel drops are common, and if someone has a minor issue, I will bring things out to them.”
The Leinheisers have three children, which he is hoping to bring into the business. Capt. Leinheiser is committed to serving his local community both on and off the water.
“As a recreational boater, I am always ready to help people,” Capt. Leinheiser said. “I am always friendly with people and recommend good marinas and restaurants. I have my boats serviced locally. When I go out to help someone, they are always happy to see me. The expression of relief their faces is extremely rewarding.”
For more information, please call 215-669-3170 or visit delawareriver.seatow.com.
About Sea Tow
Sea Tow Services International Inc. is the nation's leading on-water assistance provider for boaters. Established in 1983 by Founder & CEO Capt. Joe Frohnhoefer, Sea Tow serves members inland to the coast throughout the United States, Europe, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. For a full list of membership benefits, how to become a Sea Tow member or to inquire about becoming a Sea Tow franchise owner, please visit seatow.com. Sea Tow also offers free boating safety information including the Sea Tow App for smartphones, Sea Tow's Automated Radio Check Service, and the nonprofit Sea Tow Foundation's Life Jacket Loaner Station program. For more information, visit seatow.com and boatingsafety.com.