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Re: Experience with TowBoat US
I fully believe BOATS US is on a commision, as they were quite happy to see us sink. and would not offer any assistance without a salvage agreement.
I cancelled my membership. If I was in a serious situation, I would NOT call any of them except USCG.
the only use for Boats us or sea tow, is for non emergency. -like running out of gas.
-these guys are pirates! run away! fast
Shame you had such a bad experience. As you see above, most of us have been very pleased.
The irony in your story is that you had three responders standing by to help. I understand the disagreement over whether it was a salvage or not. However, if you were really at risk of sinking, as you say they would let you do, it was a salvage by definition. Maybe that was hyperbole.
If there is risk of life, the USCG will respond. Otherwise, they will call a commercial towing service for you around here. Soft grounding, engines that won't start, broken rudder, etc and you will pay, they won't come tow you.
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