TowBoatU.S. San Francisco Bay and Delta is the premier marine assistance, towing, and salvage company on the West Coast.
We are ready to assist mariners 24 hours a day, 365 days a year! We have the most modern and professional fleet of towboats in the state of California.
We also provide a variety of other water born platform services with great flexibility.
Contact us today for more information!

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You can enjoy peace of mind on the water knowing we are standing by!


On June 16, 2015 BoatU.S. made a move that aligned all of it’s on the water towing services under one national brand, renaming it’s West Coast based Vessel Assist towing fleet TowBoatU.S.  BoatU.S, the national boating advocacy, services, and safety organization purchased Vessel Assist in 2003. BoatU.S. has since then operated both recreational boat towing fleets under their membership-based BoatU.S. Towing Service program. Margaret Podlich, President of BoatU.S, has stated “Other than a new name on the side of the towboat, BoatU.S. members and boaters needing assistance 24 hours a day will continue the same great, helpful, and professional service from our local captains.”


Our San Francisco Bay and Delta boating customers should expect the same professional service they have received from the finest fleet on the West Coast since we secured this local contract in 1998. The transition to TowBoatU.S. is expected to be completed by early 2016, so keep an eye out for your friendly neighborhood red towboat renamed TowBoatU.S.

Towboat Services

All TowBoatU.S.Ports offer Towing, Soft Ungroundings, Battery Jumps & Fuel Delivery.



We offer salvage assistance. Includes recovery of property, refloating the vessel, and towing it to a safe harbor.

Repairs Services

TowBoatU.S. San Francisco Bay & Delta has their own dock, or can contract with a third party to provide repair services.



Local transportation to transport you to a hotel or other local destination can be arranged.

ACAPT Certified

We are a member of the Accredited for Commercial Assistance and Professional Towing program to recognize the professional who is willing to adhere to high standards of service, training, and equipment. See C-Port for more info.

Vessel Assist San Francisco Delta

Whether the tide has gone out and your boat is stranded in the mud or your battery has died and you're stuck out at the Farallon Islands we provide you with fast, responsible service when you need us most! Our towboats are the best on the West Coast!


Even if you don't have a Membership, we'll still assist you. But, commercial boat towing companies typically charge boat operators based on “Portal-to-Portal” pricing. This means they charge from the time they leave their port until the time that they return. These charges average over $275 per hour! In contrast, an annual Unlimited BoatUS Membership with us costs less than $200 and provides for service up to 40 miles offshore. Interested in joining? Click here to sign up. 

We are the local TowBoatU.S. provider, covering your boating area including the entire San Francisco Bay, San Pablo Bay, Suisun Bay, and the Sacramento and San Joaquin River Delta, as well as out into the Pacific Ocean.  As always, your Membership with BoatUS is valid worldwide.

Our services include:

Boat towing | Marine salvage | Fuel & part delivery | Jump starts | Contract towing | Diving services | Dock to Dock towing

Our dispatch operators are standing by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Free BoatUS Towing App

One push of a button connects you to the nation's largest
network of on-water towers - even out of cell range!


"I used [the app] in May when I had engine failure. I was very glad I had it. The dispatch center patched me to the local tower very quickly. If you boat, you need this app."

- Robert S.


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