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Re: Towing options in upper Chesapeake
I have unlimited from BoatUS. For me it's a safety issue, and a way of circumventing my natural cheapskate tendency.
I suspect that if I were to run aground or suffered an engine failure, I would take a lot of time to figure out alternatives to avoid the high towing bill. I don't want to be in a situation where I am tempted to compromise safety to avoid the bill. So by having unlimited towing, I basically eliminate the $$$ factor in that decision. My hope is that I'll call more quickly because of that, though I know I'll still look for other alternatives anyway, but hopefully not spend as much time doing it. For instance, my outboard motor failed once last summer (fuel hose tore open), and I duct taped it back together rather than call for a tow. But I was only 1/2 mile from my marina.
But I like to think that for something more severe (or further from my home marina) I would call without hesitation.
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1998 Catalina 250WK Take Five (at Anchorage Marina, Essington, on the Delaware River)
1994 Mason 44 Firefly on loan from my BFF (West River, Galesville, MD)
1991 15' Trophy (Lake Wallenpaupack)
1985 14' Phantom (Lake Wallenpaupack)