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What impressed me was the little tow boat being able to drag that much boat through the sand.
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Re: Experience with TowBoat US

Same here Minnewaska! Made me cringe!

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What impressed me was the little tow boat being able to drag that much boat through the sand.
Little tow boat. Those are just one huge fender filled with about 1,000 horses.

Got me thinking. Next time someone posts that their boat pulls to one side, or sails better on one tack over the other, I'm going to ask if this is their boat being pulled off the beach.


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Fortunately, I have only had to use the service once when I was dead in the water with a fuel system problem in Tampa Bay (my wife was getting nervous with my failed repair effort). The tow captain was excellent. I have unlimited coverage with the option of towing you from your slip to a repair facility.
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I got a tow under an unlimited policy shortly after purchasing our boat. The tow captain was out of the marina that was to be our new home and the tow took around 5 hours ( one way due to distance) towed us right into a slip. That one tow was worth about ten years of membership. I'm sold and will remain a member.

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I've used them twice in my sailing life, and can only say good things about them.

I have read stories about them claiming salvage in some cases, but I think those were legtimate times where the boat would be lost were it not for their action. If the boat is sinking from underneath me, I pretty much see that as an issue between them and the insurance company.
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I wouldn't cast off without them. every year I've had it I've used it. Never a qualm. Get unlimited, well worth the money. Couple years ago I was moving from Belhaven NC to Oriental. Towboat had expired and I considered not renewing until later in the season because I wouldn't have sailed again for a couple months. Decided that was silly and renewed. 5 miles underway on a 50 mile trip my mixing elbow blew, diesel smoke billowing out of the cabin. Shut her down and called for help. Told them my new marina was 50 miles, the operator took me to the end of his territory and handed me off to the station closer to my destination. It would have cost me nearly $2000. Best $150 I ever spent. They are great. They come out in all weather, always good crews....EXCELLENT Service. They have been everywhere I've been from Lake Erie to the Pamlico Sound...I don't think Seatow has as extensive a coverage.
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Last year I was fishing on a friends boat offshore. On the way in he ran out of fuel due to a faulty gauge 25 miles offshore (this could be the subject of another thread). He did not have a membership, but I did. We called TBUS and I gave them MY membership number. They sent a boat out loaded with Jerry cans of fuel, no questions asked. We just had to pay for the cost of the delivered gas. That's pretty darn good service!
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Something to remember when you have to call for help - whether it's Tow Boat US or Seatow - the man or woman driving the rescue boat goes out to help in most any kind of weather, day or night, and probably doesn't make a whole bunch of money.

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I used them twice when grounded near Atlantic City and on a Chesapeake. They responded promptly and acted professionally. The membership is worth every penny.
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