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Serving Charlotte Harbor and the Peace & Myakka Rivers

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Capt. Michael DeGenaro
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You may rest assured that your vessel will be in good hands due to the trained and committed captains we have on staff. Our commitment to safety and customer satisfaction has helped make us the leading and most respected marine assistance provider in the world. Our captains are standing by 24/7 to assist our members both on and off the water. Give us a call any time, we can help or just say hello!

Our Team

Mike DeGenaro - Owner/Captain
Capt. Mike comes from a family of commercial fisherman and grew up running lobster boats on Long Island Sound. After spending some time working in commercial towing, Mike decided to relocate to Florida in 2004. After further experience in commercial towing in Florida, Mike purchased Sea Tow Charlotte Harbor in March 2005. Capt. Mike holds a 50 ton Master license, is Haz-Mat certified and a PADI diver. Mike is also a member of Punta Gorda Boaters Alliance.

Marcus Shore - Operations Manger/Captain
Marcus has been with Sea Tow Charlotte Harbor for ten years. He has spent the last 25 years boating on charlotte harbor and surrounding waters. Marcus holds a 50 Ton Master License with Towing Endorsement, PADI open water dive certification, First Aid, CPR, and 40 hour Hazmat Certification. Rarely will you find Capt. Marc not accompanied by his dog "Jake", who often assists with grounded vessels.

Lauren Hulse - Office Manager/Head Dispatcher
Lauren began working for Sea Tow in 2014. She is originally from Long Island, New York where she grew up on the water surfing, sailing and diving. In 2011 Lauren graduated from Dowling College with a bachelor's degree in English. Before joining the Sea Tow team, Lauren lived in the Virgin Islands working aboard charter boats and delivering sailboats.

David Nielsen - Dispatcher
David has been boating since he was a member of the BOY SCOUTS. He is a certified safe boating instructor, vessel examiner and active member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Englewood, FLA and U.S. Power Squadron, Punta Gorda FLA.

Captain Kevin Hippchen – Captain
Capt. Kevin spent five years in the US Navy as an Assault Boat Coxswain. After serving in Operation Desert Storm, Kevin relocated to Florida to attend college. He holds a 50 Gross Ton Masters with a Towing Endorsement, NAUI Open Water Certified Diver, and First Aid & CPR Certified. Kevin owns and operates a commercial pool business in Charlotte County since 2000.

Samantha Gommel – Dispatcher
Samantha has been Sea Tow Charlotte Harbor's weekend dispatcher for almost a year. She is currently a senior at Florida Southwestern Collegiate High School. She plans on attending Florida State University to study psychology and criminology. 

Jacob Neef – Captain
Captain Jake has been working in the marine industry for over fifteen years. Before becoming a Sea Tow captain, Jake worked on an offshore supply vessel in the oil fields. Jake holds a 100 Ton Master License with a Towing Endorsement. He is also USCG STCW-95 certified and Hazmat certified.

Cris Batignani– Captain
Captain Cris is a retired New York City Police Lieutenant and a former U.S military contractor in Afghanistan. He currently holds a 50 Ton license with a towing endorsement, First Aid and CPR certified, and PADI Open Water Certified Diver.  

Alex Morales – Captain
Captain Alex is newest member of the Sea Tow team. Originally from Maimi, Alex grew up boating and fishing in the Florida Keys. Before becoming a Sea Tow captain, Alex captained dive boats and led fishing charters out of Miami. He holds a 50 Ton Captains license with a tow endorsement.

Our Boats

Monsoon - 24' Willard

Monsoon is a fully equipped and ready to perform all towing, ungrounding, jump starts, fuel drops, crew boat work, survey work, and assisting in search and rescue operations. This 1991 Willard had a complete rebuild in 2014 and is located at Gasparilla Marina.

Sea Tow 20 - 26' Shamrock

Sea Tow 20 is fully equipped and ready to perform all towing, ungrounding, jump stars, fuel drops, crew boat work, survey work, and assisting in search and rescue operations. This 1984 Shamrock is located at Burnt Store Marina.



Sea Tow Spare Rib - 18' Northwind

Spare Rib is a 18ft Northwind. In 2015 it underwent a total refit. It is located at Gulf Coast Marine in El Jobean. It is perfectly equipped for shallow water response in the Myakka River.




Sea Tow Prime Rib - 18' Northwind

Prime Rib is the sister ship of Spare Rib, also an 18ft Northwind. It will be commissioned out of Laishley Park in February 2018 for shallow water response up the Peace River. 



Typhoon - 24' Willard

Typhoon is fully equipped and ready to perform all towing, ungrounding, jump stars, fuel drops, crew boat work, survey work, and assisting in search and rescue operations. This 1991 Willard had a complete rebuild in 2012 and is located at Laishley Park Municipal Marina.





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