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Capt. Chris Willis
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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

Chris Willis - Owner/Captain

For over 25 years Capt. Chris Willis has owned and operated Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach.  Prior to Sea Tow, Capt. Chris owned and operated East Coast Marine.  With over 30 years of towing and recovery in Wrightsville Beach he has become a staple in the boating community.

Starting with a used Grady White and a few borrowed dollars, Capt. Chris has built Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach into one of the 4 largest Sea Tow franchises in world. He has since moved from that single Grady White to a fleet of Twin Vee boats equipped with state of the art features such as the latest in navigation equipment, GPS vessel tracking, and on-board cameras.

As a recipient of the 2007 Franchise of the Year Award, Capt. Chris has left his mark on the Sea Tow community.  He is a pioneer when it comes to the development of towing vessels, being the first to test the Triumph and Twin Vee as tow boats.  He has lead multiple captains towards owning their own franchises and becoming part of the Sea Tow International management team.  Capt. Chris is known for his dedication to the excellence and professionalism Sea Tow stands for.

Capt. Chris is a lifelong resident of Wilmington and a graduate of New Hanover High School. He continues to be active in the daily operations of Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach.  Capt. Chris has been a USCG Licensed Captain since 1987.

Scott Collins - General Manager/Senior Staff Captain

Capt. Scott represents the "new generation" of captains in the marine industry. A native of Gaithersburg, Maryland he began his marine career at age 19 working a wide array of jobs prior to his Sea Tow career.  A veteran, serving 6 years in the United States Coast Guard, and another 6 years on a research vessel that specialized in sub-surface moorings. Capt. Scott graduated from Cape Fear Community College's Marine Sciences and Technology Program. He has also served on the board of directors of CPORT (Conference of Professional Operators for Response Towing).

Capt. Scott's role at Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach has grown over the years from being a staff captain to his current role as manager.  In his off time you can find Capt Scott surfing, fishing and spending quality time with his wife and daughters.

Over recent years, Capt. Scott has become known as the face of Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach. He's easy to spot, always accompanied by the famous Charlie Brown, his chocolate Lab. While everyone knows and respects Scott, Charlie Brown is the star of the Sea Tow show. Capt. Scott holds a USCG 100 ton Master License as well as a SCUBA certification.

Ryan Saporito – Assistant Manager / Senior Staff Captain

Capt. Ryan’s love for the water started when he was a child going fishing on his Grandfather’s boat on the south shore of Long Island.  He started working on the fishing boats out of Captree, NY in 1998 and has worked in the maritime industry ever since.  After completing a two year program for small engine / marine mechanics, Ryan worked in several boat yards as a rigger and mechanic.  In 2003 Ryan enlisted in the United States Coast Guard and steadily rose through the ranks to become a Chief Boatswains Mate.  After four years of serving as a Staff Capt. Ryan’s Coast Guard background as a manager, vessel operator and training coordinator has allowed for a smooth transition to his current role as the Assistant Manager.  Ryan has held a 100 ton Master license since 2008 as well as a SCUBA certification since 2017.  In his spare time he enjoys spending time at the beach and fishing with his wife and children.

Capt. Ryan is always accompanied by his yellow Lab Tuna and you can usually find them visiting Masonboro Island early in the morning while they are waiting on a call.

Rich Mason – Maintenance Supervisor / Staff Captain

Capt. Rich joined Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach in 2016 and can regularly be seen patrolling the Carolina Beach area.  Capt. Rich served 6 years in the United States Coast Guard as a Machinery Technician.  As the lead mechanic for Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach he completes nearly all of the maintenance for the vessels, pumps and other equipment.  Capt. Rich has held a 100-ton Master License since 2012, a marine electronic installer certification along with other marine certifications. He was born in Salem, Massachusetts and lives in Wilmington with his wife and 5 children.  Capt. Rich grew up around boats and the water and that is where his passion for both boating and mechanics stemmed.  

Jon Geiss - Staff Captain

Capt. Jon joined Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach in 2018 and can regularly be seen patrolling the Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach areas.  Capt. Jon’s love of the water, including activities such as boating, fishing and kayaking, led to his desire to work in the marine industry.  He was born in High Point, NC and now calls Wilmington home. In his spare time, he can be seen poling the flats of the Cape Fear coast in search of redfish and other inshore species. 

Capt. Jon is normally accompanied by his chocolate Lab Finnley, who constantly gets called Charlie Brown.   

 
 

 


 

 

Gary Greco – Staff Captain

Capt. Gary joined Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach in 2017 and mainly patrols the Hampstead and Wrightsville Beach areas.  Capt. Gary has held a 100-ton Master License since 1999 along with an unlimited able-bodied seam license and multiple endorsements.  He is originally from Long Island, New York and currently resides in Hampstead, NC with his wife and three children.  Capt. Gary’s love for the water developed from growing up on large fishing boats on the south shore of Long Island which gave way to owning and operating inspected vessels up to 160’ before moving to North Carolina.

Mike Browning – Staff Captain

Capt. Mike was born and raised in the Wilmington, NC area.  He has been a member of the Wilmington Fire Department since 2001 and currently holds the rank of Captain.  His duties include supervising the department’s marine division including fireboat operations and dive responses.  Additionally he enlisted in the USCG reserve in 2010 and served as a Machinery Technician until 2015 when he was commissioned as an officer and currently serves as a Lieutenant.  Capt. Mike holds a Masters license with Unlimited Radar endorsement as well as several SCUBA certifications.  In his free time he can be found on the water spending time with his wife and three daughters.  

Tim Moss – Staff Captain

Capt. Tim joined Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach in 2020 and can regularly be seen patrolling the Hampstead & Wrightsville Beach areas.  Capt. Tim was born in High Point, NC and currently lives in Scott’s Hill with his wife and son.  He grew up sailing, diving, surfing, and fishing.  After graduating from UNCW he pursued a career in marine geology and hydrographic survey.  When he’s not working for Sea Tow, Capt. Tim conducts hydrographic and geophysical surveys in waters off the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico.  Capt. Tim has maintained a USCG license since 2014 and currently holds a 100-ton Master License.  His favorite aspect of working for Sea Tow is the ability to assist boaters in need

Aaron Stasiak – Staff Captain

Capt. Aaron joined Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach in 2017 and can regularly be seen patrolling the Wrightsville Beach area.  Growing up surfing, fishing, spear fishing and boating, led to his desire to work in the maritime industry.  Achieving his associate’s degree in Marine Tech from CFCC allowed him to turn his passion to a career.  Capt. Aaron has held a 50-ton Master License since 2016 along with a SCUBA certification.  He was born in Shamong, NJ and calls Wrightsville Beach home now.   When Capt. Aaron is not working for Sea Tow he can be found at Bradley Creek Marina where he works full time as a Forklift Operator.  Capt. Aaron’s dog Henry tags along most days and will run on Masonboro Island while waiting for a call.

Pat Wilkins – Staff Captain

Pat Wilkins transferred to Wrightsville Beach in 2019, after working almost a year at his home town Sea Tow franchise of Marco Island, Florida.  He graduated from UNCW in 2017 and within a year, obtained his captains license. He currently holds a 50-ton and will soon upgrade to his 100-ton masters.  He currently works full time at Marine Max but on his days off he regularly runs the Sea Tow boats around Wrightsville Beach or various other larger private vessels.  He loves to free-dive and surf as much as possible.  Pat has proven to be a reliable member of the Sea Tow team.

Spencer Williams – Staff Captain

Capt. Spencer joined Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach in 2016 and normally patrols the Wrightsville Beach area.  Capt. Spencer’s previous experience includes 17 years with the United States Coast Guard where he grew proficient with boat handling and towing.  Capt. Spencer has held a 100-ton Master License since 2016.  He was born in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina and currently resides in Wilmington with his wife and son.  Capt. Spencer enjoys being on the water and interacting with people as well as the unique challenges that come with the job.  Dawson is Capt. Spencer’s black Lab and keeps him company from time to time.

 

 

Our Boats

33’ World Cat

The primary offshore response vessel is the 33’ World Cat that is powered by twin 300 HP Yamaha outboards. This vessel is outfitted with modern electronics including a GPS, radio direction finder, autopilot, INREACH Satellite Communications, a 2” gas dewatering pump, and an electronic dewatering pump.

26’ Twin Vee

Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach has (3) 26’ primary response boats. All of these boats are powered by twin 150 HP Suzuki outboard engines that provide plenty of pulling power. The boats are outfitted with 2” gas dewatering pumps, electric dewatering pumps and modern electronics.  

22’ Twin Vee

The single engine 22’ Twin Vee remains on the trailer for faster response times for jobs that come in up the rivers and in shallower water. This boat is powered by a 150 HP Suzuki outboard. The 22’ is outfitted with modern electronics, a 2’ gas dewatering pump and an electric dewatering pump.

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