The Perils of Towing

Bill Springer discussed the difference between towing and salvage in the July 2003 SAIL. For more information log on to the following sites.SeatowMembership provides:24-hour/7 day-a-week dispatch, Unlimited service area towing, Soft ungrounding assistance, Fuel drops, Jump starts, Prop disentanglements, Reimbursed world-wide/out of service area coverage, Optional trailer assistance.
Author:
Publish date:

Bill Springer discussed the difference between towing and salvage in the July 2003 SAIL. For more information log on to the following sites.

Seatow

Membership provides:24-hour/7 day-a-week dispatch, Unlimited service area towing, Soft ungrounding assistance, Fuel drops, Jump starts, Prop disentanglements, Reimbursed world-wide/out of service area coverage, Optional trailer assistance.

Sea Tow International 800-4SEATOW (73-2869)

TowboatU.S.

Founded in 1983, this Long Island-based towing company recently expanded into seven new regions and now boasts 450 U.S. Coast Guard licensed captains, 100 franchised or certified locations, 120,000 members and over 40,000 marine assistance cases logged last year. Sea Tow offers three membership plans, Gold ($119), Corporate ($119) and Skipper ($140), a trailer assistance option (for an additional $10), and an easy to use on-line application.

TowBoatU.S. 800-888-4869

Vessel Assist

With over 400 boats at 225 ports, this network of contracted towing companies organized by BoatU.S., the 535,000 member Boat Owners Association of the United States, is one of the nation's largest. TowBoatU.S. offers a 24-hour national dispatch center and four levels of service coverage, starting at $15. Unlimited towing within a 25-mile service area costs $99 plus $14 for a BoatU.S. membership.

Vessel Assist 800-367-8222

Safesea

As "the Boat Owner's Auto Club," Vessel Assist Association of America (VAAA) has been providing a network of towing responders to members for twenty years. Today they maintain over 400 boats in 12 service areas across the country and offer nine service plans, ranging from $19 to $180. A standard unlimited tow membership with the VAAA costs $85 plus a mandatory $10 association fee and can be obtained on-line.

Safe/Sea 401-295-8711

Originally listed as a national tow company, Safe/Sea only services the Rhode Island coast, up to 25 miles south of Block Island. It does, however, offer the same benefits as the above listed nationally franchised companies. With over 4,000 members and a fleet of six boats, an unlimited free towing membership with Safe/Sea costs $95. In addition, Safe/Sea is the exclusive TowBoatU.S. provider for the Rhode Island area.

—Dave Baldwin

Related

IMG_0173

Electronic “Flares” for Cruisers

The United States Coast Guard requires that all boats operating in coastal waters or on the high seas carry a selection of visual distress signals. Almost invariably, such signals include the pyrotechnic type, either handheld or fired from a flare pistol, but surely there are ...read more

M2-HOOK-TOP-AND-CHAIN-1

Gear: M2 Chain Hook from Mantus

Stay Hooked Chain hooks on anchor snubber lines tend to fall off when you least want them to. Not so this latest example from Mantus. The M2 Chain Hook is secured to the chain by a simple elastic strap, so it won’t come off when the snubber loosens. Made from corrosion-resistant ...read more

shutterstock_349918991

Successful Surf Landings with Wheels

“Ready to take the dink ashore?” Never had those words invoked as much anxiety as when my husband, Jeff, and I first moved to the Pacific Coast. Why? Because we had exactly zero experience with dinghy surf landings, and the possibility of being flipped upside down along with our ...read more

Sail2010_597

How to: Find Good Values on Charter Vacations

So, you want to find a great deal on your next charter vacation? Sure, you can scour the internet, hope for Black Friday deals or ask friends. But an even better way to find good prices on charter boats is to go to a boat show. Not only do charter companies like The Moorings, ...read more

leadphoto

Know How: Dinghy Modification

The rigmarole of stretching a cover over a dinghy in choppy water prior to hoisting it on davits can become a very wet business if you’re not careful. Leaning right over either end, trying to stretch a cover over the bow and stern pods can quite easily result in a head-first dip ...read more

25980

Catnapped Aboard a Racing Multihull

It was after midnight when I realized my daysail with Tony Bullimore aboard his giant record-breaking catamaran, Team Legato, was not going to plan. The big cat was en route for a December dash from England across the Bay of Biscay to Barcelona and the start of a drag race ...read more