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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 daughter.

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 daughter.

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.

Frank Lyons – Dispatcher

Frank is no stranger to the water as a native of Greenlawn, NY. In his high school days, he served as a Lifeguard at Robert Moses State Park and at Jones Beach, Long Island, NY. After high school, he attended Spring Hill College, in Mobile, Alabama before enlisting in the United States Coast Guard from 1971-1975.  Frank served as a Quartermaster onboard the USCG Cutters Lilac (Buoy Tender) and Alert (Medium Endurance Cutter) before working for the Captain of the Port in NY, NY as a Hazmat/Pollution Investigator. After leaving the Coast Guard, Frank attended Cape Fear Community College receiving his AS Degree in Marine Construction Engineering Technology. In the summer of 1976 he returned to his Lifeguard roots in Carolina Beach, NC. From 1977-2000 Frank worked worldwide in Marine Seismic Exploration as Senior Vessel Manager. During this time, he worked with Teledyne Exploration, Simon Horizon Ltd., Horizon Exploration and Eagle Geophysical. Frank has been the voice of Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach since 2000 and has been a very integral part of our staff. We simply could not do it without him. If you call us Friday through Monday, chances are that you will speak with Frank. He is ready to assist you anytime that you need us!

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. 

Josh Savage – Staff Captain

Capt. Josh joined Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach in 2014 and can regularly be seen patrolling the Topsail Beach area.  Capt. Josh is a United States Coast Guard veteran and commercially fished prior to joining Sea Tow. Capt. Josh has held a 6 passenger OUPV since 2010 and also holds a SCUBA certification.  He was born in Salisbury, Maryland and lives in the Wilmington area. Capt. Josh operates a charter fishing company and fishes commercially when he is not on call.

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.

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.

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.  

Keegan Brophy – Staff Captain

Capt. Keegan joined Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach in 2013 and left to explore the Pacific Northwest while working for an environmental consulting firm.  Capt. Keegan returned to Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach in 2018 and mainly patrols the Carolina Beach area. Capt. Keegan has held a 100-ton Master License since 2012. He was born in Florida but spent parts of his childhood in Ohio and New Zealand before calling Wilmington home. As an adult Capt. Keegan lived in California and Washington for a short time before moving back to Wilmington.  Capt. Keegan's passion for the water started when his father taught him how to drive a boat as a child and after graduating from the Marine Tech Program from CFCC he received his Captain's License and wanted to make boating a career. In his off time Capt. Keegan works as a Survey Vessel Captain for a local engineering / Survey firm that specializes in beach replenishment along the east coast.

Jesse Pushee - Staff Captain

Capt. Jesse joined Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach in 2018 and mainly patrols the Wrightsville Beach area. Growing up on Pages Creek, Captain Jesse developed a love for the water at an early age. During high school and college he worked in a small local boat yard maintaining and operating recreational and fishing vessels. Shortly after graduating from UNCW, he decided to expand on his passion for the water and earned his 50 ton Masters license. Currently he is pursuing a 500 ton Mate of Towing while working full time on a 108' ship assist tugboat on the Cape Fear river, with the intention of upgrading to a 1600 ton Master of Towing.

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. Growing up boating, fishing, and kayaking, led to his love for the water and a 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.

Andy Powell - Sea Tow Family and Captain
Forever part of the Sea Tow family. His love for fishing and family will always be remembered.

Our Boats

30’ Hysucat

The primary offshore response vessel is the 30’ Hysucat that is powered by twin 300 HP Yamaha outboards.  This unique boat is a hydrofoil catamaran that is capable of speeds in excess of 50 knots, and has a range of 700 nautical miles.  This boat has 2 gasoline tanks as well as 2 compressed natural gas tanks.  Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach is the first commercial towing company to outfit a boat with compressed natural gas.  This vessel is outfitted with modern electronics including a GPS, radio direction finder, autopilot, satellite phone, a 3” gas dewatering pump, and an electronic dewatering pump.

26’ Twin Vee

Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach has (4) 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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