BoatU.S. Towing Services recently reported that it had more than 60,000 requests for assistance in 2006, which is an increase of 2.5% over the year 2005. Jerry Cardarelli, vice president of BoatU.S. Towing Services, says the slight increase could be attributed to the 18 new service locations added last year. "Once we open a port, boaters are more inclined to give us a ring when something goes wrong," he says.