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Captains Matt Wilder and Bruce White: Sea Tow Portland Midcoast

Sea Tow® Portland/Midcoast Maine owners and operators Matt Wilder and Bruce White serve boaters from the Saco River to Pemaquid Point, including Portland and Boothbay. In addition, the duo operate Sea Taxi, providing on-water taxi services throughout the beautiful Casco Bay Islands and Portland Harbor.


Bruce White – Owner/Captain

Portland Sea Taxi owner/captain Bruce WhiteCaptain Bruce White has been a part of the Boothbay Harbor waterfront for many years. When he was just two weeks old, his parents took him for his first boat ride, and let’s just say, he has been hooked ever since. Over the years, Bruce’s passion for being around boats grew and at the tender age of 14, Bruce started his passenger-carrying career serving under local legend, Captain Elliot Winslow, aboard his historic Boothbay Harbor tour boat, Argo. Bruce obtained his captain’s license by the time he was 19 years old and is licensed by the US Coast Guard for vessels up to 100 tons. Bruce spends his summers aboard the charter vessel HAY-VAL and the fishing vessel Lady Esther chartering tours and giving lobster fishing demonstrations to visitors of the region. In the winter, you may see him cruising up and down the East Coast delivering yachts from their summer climate to their winter berths. When not around the “hull,” Bruce takes a weekend here and there to enjoy the incredible ski slopes of western Maine.

Matt Wilder – Owner/Captain

Portland Sea Taxi Owner/Captain Matt WilderCaptain Matt Wilder was born in Maine and raised in Boothbay Harbor. He started his maritime career at age 14, working on passenger vessels and his father’s sport fishing boat. After graduating from Hebron Academy he attended Washington College in Chestertown, Md. At 21 he received his captain’s license and after college moved to Annapolis, Md. where he ran a number of passenger vessels. Since 1997, he has been back here in Maine running the Boothbay Harbor to Monhegan Island ferry in the summers and working in the construction and boat building industries during the winter months.


OUR BOATS

Sea Tow Alert – 26′ Robalo

The latest addition to the fleet, Alert came from Sea Tow Charlotte Harbor in Florida in 2007. Alert is a big, powerful boat capable of speeds in excess of 40kts. With a deep vee hull, Alert is a smooth ride in the worst of conditions. Since coming to Maine, Alert has had new engines and electronics installed, and the pilothouse was rebuilt in aluminum by Sea Tow. Alert is the “swing-boat” and has no assigned patrol area; rather, it is assigned where needed, depending on boating activity. Alert can be redeployed quickly if necessary, and has made the transit between Portland and Boothbay Harbor in under an hour.

Sea Tow Parker

This is the workhorse of Sea Tow Portland/Midcoast. Parker has been a reliable do-all asset for over 10 years. The large beam and expansive aft deck make this a stable platform for salvage and diving operations. Drawing only 15 inches, Parker can navigate shallow waters easily. The full cabin makes Parker comfortable in all weather, with cabin heat installed for winter months. Parker regularly patrols Casco and Saco Bays.

Sea Tow Scooter – 24′ SafeBoats

Originally built for the U.S. Coast Guard, Scooter has been a Sea Tow boat since 2000. The pilot-console was designed and installed by Sea Tow Portland in 2006, and with full canvas enclosure, this is an all-weather boat. This is not an inflatable in the traditional sense, as the sponsons are foam-filled. This design gives the fendering effect of an inflatable, with the durability of a hard-sided boat. Scooter regularly patrols in the Boothbay Harbor region.

The Water Taxi – 28′ T. Jason 28

“The Water Taxi” is just that. Based in Portland Harbor, this boat provides transportation to and from the many islands in Casco Bay. In addition, “The Water Taxi” is a fully equipped Sea Tow Boat and salvage platform.

 


OUR ADVANTAGES

Biggest fleet
Biggest Fleet
Nicest boats
Nicest Boats
Best destinations
Best Destinations

OUR PRIORITIES

There are many reasons why you should ride with us! We pride ourselves on offering:

  • Dependability
  • Safety
  • Courtesy
  • Getting you there, on time, guaranteed!