Waterfront assistance for broken boats and a “Hardtop Hotel” for Jeeps

Problem solvers: waterside assistance for broken boats and a “hardtop hotel” for jeeps

The Cape Cod family make a living towing boats, while two brothers got creative to serve other Jeep owners



AND FIX IT, BY LAND OR BY SEA. WHEN A CAR FAILURES, THERE ARE OPTIONS. TROUBLESHOOTING, ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE, BUT WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF BOAT BREAKDOWN? >> WE WILL BE THERE AND WE WILL HELP YOU. ANTHONY: THE CAPTAIN AND HIS PARTNER OWN CAPE SALVAGE. SIMILAR TO ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE, A VESSEL NUMBER WITH TUG US SUPPLIERS BOATERS WATERSIDE ASSISTANCE 20 47. THE CAPTAIN AND HIS SIX BOATS PATROL ONE OF THE BUSIEST AREAS IN THE COUNTRY. >> WE GO TO CAPE COD CHANNEL AND CAPE COD BAY. WE ALSO COVER A LOT OF SOUTHERN SCITUATE ALONG THE SOUTH SHORE. ANTHONY: BECAUSE OF THE DUEL CURRENTS IN THE CHANNEL, HE HAS RESPONDENTS AROUND THE BAY EVERY DAY. >> WE DON’T WANT THEM TO BUZZ IN THE BOX. >> WE HAVE 18 NOTAUTICO. >> WEEK MAKE SURE YOU COVER ALL THEIR BASES SO THAT IS THEIR ONLY PROBLEM. >> ARE YOU SAFE TO ANCHOR? >> YES I AM. >> GOOD. >> PEAK SEASON — IN 2021, ANSWERED OVER 800 CALLS IN PEAK SEASON ALONE. >> WE WILL BE ON THE WAY TO YOU. ♪ >> ACCORDING TO THE UNITED STATES, IN 2020 THERE WERE MORE THAN 130,000 RECREATIONAL BOATS REGISTERED IN MASSACHUSETTS. BECAUSE THE CHANNEL IS A CUT, THEY OFTEN MEET BOATS FROM OTHER STATES AND EVEN OTHER COUNTRIES. >> TYPICALLY THIS IS AN ENGINE FAILURE, WE ALSO DEAL WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE RUNNING OUT OF FUEL, BECAUSE THE BOAT IS TIPPING IT MIGHT HAVE THE FUEL GAUGE GET STUCK IN A PLACE. >> WHEN THE PROBLEM ARISE, THEY ANSWER THE CALL. >>MY ELDERLY SON RYAN IS ALMOST LEAD CAPTAIN. TRAVIS HAS BEEN DIVING CERTIFIED. THE WHOLE FAMILY LISTENS TO THE RADIOS ALL SUMMER. I FORWARD THIS TO YOU AND YOU CAN SEE IF IT WORKS FOR YOU. >> THIS SHOULD BE GOOD. >> LET’S GO HIT IT. PERFECT. >> GREAT. >> WE APPRECIATE HELPING PEOPLE WHO DON’T HAVE ENOUGH EXPERIENCE WITH THEIR BOAT TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM BY THEMSELVES. ♪ >> IT’S SAFE TO SAY MOST PEOPLE WELCOME THE ARRIVAL OF WARMER WEATHER. TIME FOR THE BEACH, WALKS IN THE PARK, THE OCCASIONAL ICE CREAM CONE. BUT FOR SOME, SUNNY DAYS MEANS IT’S TIME TO DO A DREADED TASK, SWITCHING THE HARD TOP FOR THE SOFT TOP. >> THEY ARE HEAVY, LIKE 150 POUNDS. YOU CANNOT DO IT YOURSELF UNLESS YOU WANT TO INJURY YOURSELF. >> HE OWNS A JEEP WRANGLER AND UNDERSTANDS WRESTLING IMMEDIATELY. >> IT’S A STRUGGLE TO SHOP, TO REMOVE IT, TO GET THAT TIME TO COME AND HELP ME. MANY PEOPLE HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM. >> WHAT WAS A CHALLENGE FOR RYAN AND HIS BROTHER PAUL AND HIS BROTHER COLIN HAS BECOME A BUSINESS. HARDTOP HOTEL LODGED IN 2021. >> WE ARE A SERVICE THAT KEEPS HARD TOPS AND SOFT TOPS IN SEASON. IT TAKES ABOUT 30 MINUTES, BUT A NORMAL OWNER DOING IT ONCE A YEAR WILL BE AN HOUR TO TWO HOURS. >> WE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE POPULAR IN CITIES, YOU SEE FOUR OR FIVE. IT ENDED UP TO BE A HUGE SUBURBAN THING. THIS IS A GOOD OPTION, A FEW DAYS IN THE SUN YOU WANT TO STRETCH. >>THEIR TEAM EXCHANGES APPROXIMATELY 25 STIFF AND SOFT TOPS A DAY, STOCKING SOME IN THEIR WAREHOUSE AND OTHER MAJOR CLIENT HOMES. >> WE WERE TOLD WE WILL SAVE MARRIAGES AND RELATIONSHIPS. A FUN BUSINESS. EVERYBODY IS HAPPY WHEN YOU SHOW UP BECAUSE IT’S LIKE SUMMER IS HERE AND THEY DON’T HAVE TO FACE THE PAIN OF A SOFT CANVAS AND A HARD TOP. ANTHONY: IN ADDITION TO THE COLIN AND RYAN BROTHERS, THE HARDTOP HOTEL HAS A SMALL TEAM THAT HELPS WITH TRANSITIONS. THEY ARE PREPARING FOR THE RETURNING SEASONS, A SIGN THAT WINTER IS COMING. BACK TO CAPE TOWING AND RESCUE, BUSY SEASON IS REMEMBRANCE DAY TO NOVEMBER 1ST, THEY OPERATE YEAR ROUND. THE CAPTAIN SAYS THEY HAVE FOUR CAPTAINS IN THE TEAM.

Problem solvers: waterside assistance for broken boats and a “hardtop hotel” for jeeps

The Cape Cod family make a living towing boats, while two brothers got creative to serve other Jeep owners

When a car breaks down on the road, there are options – tow trucks and roadside assistance. But what to do when a boat breaks down? Captain Shawn Brule and his wife Stacy own Cape Towing and Salvage. They operate TowBoatUS Cape Cod/Plymouth. Similar to roadside assistance, a TowBoatUS membership provides boaters with 24/7 waterside assistance. Captain Brule and his fleet of six boats patrol one of the most remote areas. busiest in the country. Driving around the Bay State, it’s clear that Jeep Wranglers are very popular. But the onset of warmer weather brings with it a dreaded task for some Wrangler owners: replacing the hardtop with the softtop. Ryan and Colin Henry understand this struggle and decided to help others by opening HardTop Hotel. Their company will replace the Wrangler’s hard and soft tops and even stock the hardtop during the summer months.

When a car breaks down on the road, there are options – tow trucks and roadside assistance. But what to do when a boat breaks down? Captain Shawn Brule and his wife Stacy own Towing and heading recovery. They operate TowBoatUS Cape Cod/Plymouth. Similar to roadside assistance, a TowBoatUS membership provides boaters with 24/7 waterside assistance. Captain Brule and his fleet of six boats patrol one of the most remote areas. busiest in the country.

Driving around the Bay State, it’s clear that Jeep Wranglers are very popular. But the onset of warmer weather brings with it a dreaded task for some Wrangler owners: replacing the hardtop with the softtop. Ryan and Colin Henry understand this struggle and have decided to help others by opening Hard Top Hotel. Their company will replace the Wrangler’s hard and soft tops and even stock the hardtop during the summer months.

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