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Virginia Beach has new towboat captain

Former Virginia Beach native Capt. Eli Hopkins has returned to his hometown, and now owns and operates TowBoatU.S. Virginia Beach. At 27, Hopkins is also the youngest owner/operator among a fleet of more than 400 towing assistance vessels stationed at 228 ports nationwide.

TowBoatU.S. Virginia Beach provides towing, ungrounding and salvage services for recreational boaters on the lower Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean. The on-the-water towing service is one of 28 TowBoatU.S. towers in the Bay region.

Boaters in need of towing assistance can reach TowBoatU.S. Virginia Beach 24 hours a day, seven days a week by VHF radio on channel 16; by calling TowBoatU.S. Virginia Beach directly at (757) 496-8900; or through the BoatU.S. toll-free Dispatch Service at (800) 391-4869.

Dealership moves into Viking center

Staten Island Boat Sales of New York City has opened its third location — a full-service dealership at Viking Yachting Center in New Gretna, N.J.

The new store will specialize in Viking Sport Cruisers and Carver Yachts. SIBS is the world’s largest dealer for Carver and Silverton, and also sells the Ocean Yachts line.

Viking Yachting Center is a 32-acre marina facility with 270 slips, a pool and other attractions.