Rick Ellett - Owner/Captain
Capt. Rick Ellett was born December 3, 1952, in Roanoke, Va. Rick graduated Augusta Military Academy and served in the U. S. Army.
Rick worked in landscaping and then as an independent contractor for FedEx Ground until 2009 when he decided to embark upon a new venture, owner/operator of Sea Tow Smith Mountain Lake, where his office is out on the water. Rick grew up in the area and has been on Smith Mountain Lake since before the lake filled up. He holds a current 50 ton U. S. Coast Guard Masters License with towing endorsement.
Rick stands ready 24/7/365. He lives in the Gills Creek section of Smith Mountain Lake with his wife Nancy, who is also a Sea Tow Captain. Rick is a member of the Water Safety Council, the Smith Mountain Marine Business Association, the SML Power Boat Association, SML Boating Association, the Smith Mountain Lake Association, the Smith Mountain Lake Striper Club, the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce, and the Smith Mountain Lake Sail and Power Squadron.
Nancy Ellett - Owner/Captain
Capt. Nancy Ellett was born June 24, 1952, Nancy grew up in Craig County and moved to the lake with Rick in 1997. Nancy has worked in the legal field as a paralegal for almost 25 years, currently working for attorney Michelle Derrico in Roanoke. She has two grown children, Chris and Amy, and three grandchildren.
Nancy holds a current 50 ton U. S. Coast Guard Masters License with towing endorsement and works for Sea Tow when she is not at her week-day job. Nancy is constantly busy with the marketing of Sea Tow and especially loves helping collect a boat load of toys for Lake Christian Ministries Christmas toy collection, fitting kids with life jackets at Wake the World, and organizing activities to encourage the use of life jackets. Even though she works a full-time job, she is always seen out on the Sea Tow boats on weekends with her mate, Capt. Rick, or under the Sea Tow tent at one of the local marinas serving free hot dogs or yellow watermelon. She has been with Sea Tow since its arrival on SML in 2009.
Jerry Hale - Captain
Born in 1944, Jerry is the youngest “old guy” you’ll ever meet. He wakeboards, slalom skis, plays tennis, banjo and guitar, does all his own yard work and has the energy level of a much younger dude.
He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in journalism/advertising and later earned an MBA from the University of Delaware. He had a 35-year career as an advertising manager and marketing consultant for the DuPont Co. in Wilmington, Delaware. He also worked for 2 ½ years as advertising manager at Trojan Yacht Co. in Lancaster, Pa. He served 3 years in the U. S. Army, including a year in Viet Nam, and left the military as 1st Lieutenant with a Bronze Star award.
Jerry’s boating interest began with family lake vacations in Minnesota when he was 6 years old. After moving to Delaware, he and his wife, Ferne, boated and skied on rivers of the upper Chesapeake and, later, during 17 summer vacations at Smith Mountain Lake before retiring and moving to a lake home in 2003. He is a free-lance writer who contributes extensively to Laker Magazine and several area newspapers. He is a committed laker who lives the Lake Lifestyle to the fullest, year round.
Jerry serves on the Parish Council at Trinity Ecumenical Parish in Moneta. He and his wife, Ferne, celebrated 48 years of marriage in 2016. He has been a member of the SML Water Safety Council for several years and is the instigator and organizer of the lake’s “No-Wake Fireworks” tradition. He enjoys sharing his boating experience with others and looks forward to assisting stranded boaters when the need arises. He joined the Sea Tow team in 2013.
Lee Adkins - Captain
Captain Donald “Lee” Adkins bought his first boat at the age of 16 and has loved boating ever since. After navigating many miles on various trips from Virginia to Florida and the Gulf ICW to New Orleans, along with his wife, Denise, he decided to get his Captain’s license. Lee was one of the students in the first Captains Class offered here by Sea School at Smith Mountain Lake in 2015. He and his wife, Denise, live in Roanoke and have a place at Smith Mountain Lake on Gills Creek. Capt. Lee is employed by Verizon Communications in Roanoke and by Sea Tow Smith Mountain Lake. His wife, Denise, is a registered nurse at Carilion in Roanoke as well as his best Mate out on the water. They love spending weekends at the lake or on their boat in Surf City, North Carolina, and also enjoy riding their motorcycle and traveling anywhere! Capt. Lee joined the Sea Tow team in 2015.