Capt. Robert Manley, a New Jersey native who has been running marine businesses in the Caribbean for 25 years, opened TowBoatUS St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
BoatUS said Manley, a maritime jack-of-all-trades, got his sea legs as a youngster fishing off the New Jersey coast. After several years of running a demolition and construction business in his home state, he left the cold and snow behind and headed to the islands, where he built marinas, ran fishing charters and boated for pleasure.
BoatUS said Manley is well-known locally from running Above & Below Marine Services, a company that offers a range of boat-repair and assistance services. His goal now, he said, is to let people know about TowBoatUS membership and benefits.
“It’s well-known in the States, but new down here,” he said.