They say home is where the heart is. For Sea Tow Southcentral Alaska founders Trey and Alyssa Hill, that’s exploring the great outdoors in their beloved Alaska. Whether it’s boating, camping, hiking or just out exploring with their 2-year-old dog, Makena, the Hills are at home when they’re away from home.
That love for the outdoors led Trey to the world of boating six years ago. Since then, the Hills have spent much of their free time out on the waters of the Kachemak Bay and across southcentral Alaska. It had become a great getaway from Trey and Alyssa’s hectic lives as an oil rig engineer and cardiac nurse. That is, until one day, when disaster struck.
The Hills were on the water about 15 miles outside of the town of Homer when their boat broke down. With no good Samaritans around to save the day, they were left stranded and alone. After making countless phone calls, they were forced to wait several hours and spend nearly $1,000 to get a water taxi to tow their boat back to shore.
Shortly after, during a conversation with their mechanic, the Hills learned about Sea Tow and the excellent on-water assistance they have provided for thousands of boaters across the world. Pledging to make sure no one would have to feel the same stranded feeling the Hills experienced, they began work to open Alaska’s first-ever Sea Tow franchise.
They quickly fell in love with Sea Tow’s family-oriented and local-business-focused mentality and, since then, it’s been full steam ahead.
The Hills are eager to get Sea Tow Southcentral Alaska up and running, with plans to open early next month. They will start with two boats – 25-foot and 27-foot Boston Whalers – with plans to expand both the number of vessels and their service area all across the southcentral Alaskan waters.
Their 25-foot Whaler represents everything the Hills want to do with their new southcentral Alaskan franchise. Like Trey and Alyssa, it started off its life in the lower-48 states. For years, it served boaters in the Big Apple as a New York Harbormaster vessel. Like the Hills, it has made its way to the beautiful waters of southcentral Alaska and will be providing the area’s boaters with the sort of top-notch service Sea Tow delivers for years to come.
With the Hills patrolling the waters, no one will feel stranded in Kachemak Bay ever again.