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Old 06-02-2008, 08:46 AM
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Sea Tow still services the Newburyport area. The local Sea Tow operation simply moved where they keep the boat.
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I am looking to sign up. Are there any new member discounts available?
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Sea Tow still services the Newburyport area. The local Sea Tow operation simply moved where they keep the boat.
Yes, I had occasion to request a visit from Sea Tow two weekends ago. I was 5 miles east of NBPT, they came out of Hampton. My battery was dead. They had me going in about and hour.
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I would also check who the local operator is. I had Boat/US and changed to Seatow after the Boat/Us guy gave a client of mine a hard time about where to park in the Marina. It ended up with him screaming about 3" from my face.was a late October weekday and the lot was 80% empty. I went to Seatow and the gentleman who owns it was very pleasent. Hopefully I will never need it.
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I just saw two idiots from Boat US off of Island Beach State Park, (boats 8 and 9) they were fishing (guess there wasn't any work) they drove right on top of every boat, drove right through the fleet- drove all over the bunker and boats that were fishing, racing their engines, . Very unprofessional- I have had sea toe for years- very good company- they have discounts for Recreational Fishing assoc memebers and many other clubs- check out their website or call 609 660 7777
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Too bad there is no service offered for Chatham.
They surely do !! They saved my butt a few years ago when I was taking water off Monomoy. I lost both bilge pumps and the water got so deep that it killed the engine. Very bad situation. The Coast guard got there first and tossed me a hand pump, then Boat US was there shortly after them. I will never be without the service.
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jerryk - 6/1/2008 10:35 AM I believe Sea tow insures any boat the card holder owns while Tow Boat USA only will offer service if the owner who is a member is on the boat. My #3 son owns the boat, if I go out without him and I have Tow Baot Im not covered, with Sea Tow, the boat is covered regardles if he is on board. Check this out.
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Every BoatUS towing level provides Towing Service for any boat which the Member owns, borrows, or charters. In these cases, the Member is considered the Captain and responsible for the care and control of the boat
What the boater should be aware of is how each(SeaTow and TowboatUS) franchise pays the captains that tow for them.

SeaTow gets to keep your membership fee, and the franchise owner is required to tow the member for free, getting only a percentage of the membership fee generated in his section. BoatUS, on the other hand, pays the franchise owner per hour or event for each incident.

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Old 07-01-2008, 10:10 AM
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I boated out of Newburyport for several years and had Sea Tow. Recently moved the boat to Kennebunkport and did a great deal of research on which company to go with and I decided to stick with Sea Tow...
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FYI: Just called SEATOW to sign up and they offer AAA discounts depending on where you live...
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I got a 60 day free membership to Sea Tow. I had been buying towing package's through West Marine for years but never used it. I have a new to me boat this year and got the free coupon so I went with it. Two weekend's ago, I went out and a few miles from my slip the engine stalled and would not restart. I called the number and was told the local captain would call.

He did shortly after, asked my to try to start it again, still didn't start. He told me "The boat that services that area is not in yet". He would call another company and see if they could assist me. Before he called back I was able to get the engine started and make it back to my slip.

So the way I see it is I got just what I paid for from Sea Tow......nothing.

I have seen the red tow boat all over the river at all hours and will go back to West Marine. It may just be my area but it was not a positive experience for me.
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They surely do !! They saved my butt a few years ago when I was taking water off Monomoy. I lost both bilge pumps and the water got so deep that it killed the engine. Very bad situation. The Coast guard got there first and tossed me a hand pump, then Boat US was there shortly after them. I will never be without the service.
I have seen the seatow boat moored off of Turn Island in Chatham for the past 2 summers. They are there.
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I got a 60 day free membership to Sea Tow. I had been buying towing package's through West Marine for years but never used it. I have a new to me boat this year and got the free coupon so I went with it. Two weekend's ago, I went out and a few miles from my slip the engine stalled and would not restart. I called the number and was told the local captain would call.

He did shortly after, asked my to try to start it again, still didn't start. He told me "The boat that services that area is not in yet". He would call another company and see if they could assist me. Before he called back I was able to get the engine started and make it back to my slip.

So the way I see it is I got just what I paid for from Sea Tow......nothing.

I have seen the red tow boat all over the river at all hours and will go back to West Marine. It may just be my area but it was not a positive experience for me.
Out-of-All Areas: In areas where Sea Tow is not yet operating, or when the member does not have a designated home area, the member will receive, per incident, assistance in arranging, and reimbursement for assistance towing of up to $225 per hour, not to exceed $5000 per incident, to the nearest dock or facility that will best facilitate the boat’s repair or transportation, with no annual aggregate limit.

Its my understanding that in your situation seatow would have sent another company to get you, and reimbursed you
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I have a sea tow membership, the biggest factor for me is the coverage area. SeaTow covers you further offshore then Towboat.

Paid Services are available when using BoatUS Licensed Towing Companies (TowBoatUS® and Vessel Assist®) up to the Service Level on Member's card at the time of the breakdown or soft ungrounding. Service Levels include Paid Services up to $50, $150, Unlimited and Unlimited Gold. Unlimited and Unlimited Gold Service Level Paid Services are provided for when the boat is disabled and towed within an UNLIMITED SERVICE AREA. An UNLIMITED SERVICE AREA is defined as at least 50 coastal miles (25 miles in any direction from a Licensed Company's port). Extended UNLIMITED SERVICE AREAS, 30 miles or more offshore, are available in many locations

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When you guys say TowBoatUS is that the same as a boat us towing plan or is this a 3rd company?not many of them like to come out on a rainy blowing night at 2am during cod season ! Learned that !
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For out of area coverage i.e if the provider can not get to you due to sea conditions or your location. Sea-tow has $5000.00 out of area coverage reimbursement Boat US has $2500 or $3000.00 of reimbursement .

As i understand it ,If you were disabled and your provider can not get to you ,you would pay a pre approved commercial assistance provider that is licensed and insured and the respective co would reimburse you .

Sea Tow membership is $169
Boat US membership is $189

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I've had to use SEA TOW twice in 4 years. ABSLOUTELY NO COMPLAINTS. I will be a member for the life of my boating time.
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what does the average tow cost?
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I use BoatUS. Honestly, I'd go with SeaTow, but for the lower Cape, it's either Falmouth or Marshfield. Would love to see a boat out of Chatham.
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I guess my grip was the lack of communication. I was left at anchor to wait until another boat was located. Neither the rep that answered my call of the local captain let me know right off they did not service that area.

I could have called the local tow boat and been back to my slip instead of waiting. I always try to be prepared and have never in 6 years need to use the towing I have paid for. Just seemed ironic the one time I need a tow and use the FREE coupon I am left stranded.

I am not bashing just sharing my experience with a FREE tow offer that did not go well.
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