In the waves of change, Sea Tow is proud to announce that two new captains are at the helm in Florida. Capt. Chris Ward has expanded his area of service to the Keys and Capt. Patrick Lamb has taken over Sea Tow Clearwater/Port Richey. The two, led by their passion for boating, have hit the ground running and are ready to help people enjoy boating.
Capt. Chris recently purchased Sea Tow Islamorada, Sea Tow Lower Keys and Sea Tow Key West and he’s no stranger to the water – Capt. Chris is a third-generation captain. His uncle, Capt. John Ward, owns and operates Sea Tow in Pensacola and Destin, FL, as well as on Lakes Norman, Wylie, Kerr and Gaston, NC. Their grandfather was a pioneer of the boat towing industry in their area, just as Capt. Joe was for Sea Tow. He also spent many years working alongside Capt. Will Beck of Sea Tow Palm Beach learning the tricks of the trade prior to venturing off on his own.
“We’re thrilled that Capt. Chris has officially taken ownership of the three Florida Keys locations,” Sea Tow CEO Capt. Joseph Frohnhoefer III said. “He’s done a fantastic job managing the locations and we’re confident in what he’ll do in the future.”
About 350 miles up the Florida Gulf Coast, Capt. Patrick Lamb has taken the helm at Sea Tow Port Richey/Clearwater. While Lamb may be new to the boat towing industry, he is no more a stranger to owning a business than he is to cruising the local waterways.
Since his days in college at Indiana University, Capt. Patrick has always showcased the entrepreneurial spirit. He kick-started his career doing internet marketing in college, and most recently, has established a real estate business. He’s been part of many successful ventures, but has always felt the urge to find an anchor out on the water.
“I’m always on the lookout for new adventures,” Capt. Patrick said. “There’s no place I’d rather be than on the water, so when the opportunity arose to purchase Sea Tow Port Richey/Clearwater, I had to jump on it.”
In his short time as owner, Capt. Patrick has hit the ground running. He’s already launched the area’s first Sea Tow Foundation Life Jacket Loaner Station and has spent time networking with his neighboring captains, soaking in as much wisdom and know-how as he can.
“I’ve had a chance to sit down with different captains and learn a lot from their years of expertise,” he said. “I was able to chat with Capt. Kerry at Sea Tow Central Florida Lakes and pick his brain about the marketing side of the business. Both Capt. Sammy Royal of Horseshoe Beach and Capt. Ryan Helmig of Treasure Coast have shared their salvage knowledge. It’s great to be able to lean on such a robust network of captains.”
In his free time, Capt. Patrick, his wife, and their three boys live and breathe the boating lifestyle. Lamb’s 8-year-old son races sail boats, and when the kids are out of school and Lamb has a day off, you’re likely to find the family of five out at Caladesi Island State Park or another of the area’s bustling boating hotspots.
“It’s so important to have a career where you’re able to do what you love,” Capt. Patrick added. “And what I love is being on a boat. Having the opportunity to go into work and spend every day out on the water is a dream come true.”