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Old 03-13-2018, 11:50 AM
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What are your opinions on who has the best emergency towing coverage in the Watch Hill area?
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Old 03-13-2018, 02:08 PM
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What are your opinions on who has the best emergency towing coverage in the Watch Hill area?
I fish the Watch Hill area; I have SeaTow for service...A few years ago I needed a tow from out front all the way back up the Pawcatuck to the state ramp in Westerly. Seatow was there in less then half an hour, and brought me right to my trailer.
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Old 03-14-2018, 04:07 AM
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From my experience the area is well covered from either service
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sea tow and boats us both have great coverage in that area.
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Old 03-14-2018, 09:28 AM
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Might even want to consider getting both!
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Old 03-14-2018, 01:05 PM
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From my experience the area is well covered from either service
Read both contracts first that will tell you everything you need to know regardless of the area..biggest mistake people make is not doing that when they choose.

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Might even want to consider getting both!
Why?
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Old 03-14-2018, 01:34 PM
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Originally Posted by gregb5220 View Post
Read both contracts first that will tell you everything you need to know regardless of the area..biggest mistake people make is not doing that when they choose.



Why?
Read the contracts/member agreements. They are not the same coverage. For example, Sea Tow will send a diver for propeller disentanglement and Boat US does not. That is just one example. In addition to contract differences, there is availability... one service might be busy and you can get the other quicker.
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Old 03-14-2018, 01:37 PM
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Safe Sea/ Boat US = same company.

If you join thru BUS you get the WorstMarine discount...
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Read the contracts/member agreements. They are not the same coverage. For example, Sea Tow will send a diver for propeller disentanglement and Boat US does not. That is just one example. In addition to contract differences, there is availability... one service might be busy and you can get the other quicker.
That's my point..Sea Tow does a lot more than Boat US as far as additional things besides towing so why not just go with what offers more. As far as waiting a little bit longer for a tow, I could think of worse places to be than anchored on a boat relaxing waiting to get picked up. They could take three hours for all I care.
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Old 03-14-2018, 01:51 PM
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Originally Posted by gregb5220 View Post
That's my point..Sea Tow does a lot more than Boat US as far as additional things besides towing so why not just go with what offers more. As far as waiting a little bit longer for a tow, I could think of worse places to be than anchored on a boat relaxing waiting to get picked up. They could take three hours for all I care.
What if you aren't anchored? What if conditions are worsening and there is a storm rolling in? What if its 100 something degrees with no breeze and you and your guests are getting hot and cranky? For most, if they are broken down, they are not "relaxing" waiting to get picked up.
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What if you aren't anchored? What if conditions are worsening and there is a storm rolling in? What if its 100 something degrees with no breeze and you and your guests are getting hot and cranky? For most, if they are broken down, they are not "relaxing" waiting to get picked up.
The absolute first thing you do when your broken down is anchor with the exception of being in a shipping channel and you should still anchor and notify the coast guard your there waiting for sea tow or boat us. If theres a storm coming and you (I don't mean you specifically, I mean in general) don't know how to ride out a storm at anchor, its time to take up golf. Trust me I would say 90% of people I tow are not in a rush and just relaxing waiting for a tow. The other 10% are not, only because they don't have towing insurance and don't realize how much a tow is.
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The absolute first thing you do when your broken down is anchor with the exception of being in a shipping channel and you should still anchor and notify the coast guard your there waiting for sea tow or boat us. If theres a storm coming and you (I don't mean you specifically, I mean in general) don't know how to ride out a storm at anchor, its time to take up golf. Trust me I would say 90% of people I tow are not in a rush and just relaxing waiting for a tow. The other 10% are not, because they don't have towing insurance and don't realize how much a tow is.
Thanks for the insight but there are times when anchoring may not be possible. Not everyone carries the right amount of line/rode for all depths. Imagine a boat with no protection from the elements and young kids on board and a storm is coming. Never happened to me but I've seen it plenty of times. I've seen the marine police rescue stranded boaters significantly quicker than tow boat services in peak summer times. You sound like you are not the average boater, good for you. I am just stating there are benefits to having multiple options for the average boater. For me, I am usually in a rush to get to a boating destination or home from a boat trip. With a crazy work schedule, I don't have a half day to spare waiting on a tow boat.

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Thanks for the insight but there are times when anchoring may not be possible. Not everyone carries the right amount of line/rode for all depths. Imagine a boat with no protection from the elements and young kids on board and a storm is coming. Never happened to me but I've seen it plenty of times. I've seen the marine police rescue stranded boaters significantly quicker than tow boat services in peak summer times. You sound like you are not the average boater, good for you. I am just stating there are benefits to having multiple options.
Yea I just don't see any sense to having both. But everyone has their opinion. I actually did see that once, where a member had two memberships and it caused a problem. But hey, if it works it works.
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Originally Posted by gregb5220 View Post
Yea I just don't see any sense to having both. But everyone has their opinion. I actually did see that once, where a member had two memberships and it caused a problem. But hey, if it works it works.
How would having membership with two separate services cause a problem?
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Seems like the coverage is fine for both. I've had good luck with Sea Tow in the past so I'll probably stick with them.
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Originally Posted by mystery View Post
How would having membership with two separate services cause a problem?
If I remember right Sea Tow gave an hour ETA which is pretty average and the guy decided to call Boat US and they said 20 min because they happened to be close. The Sea Tow job cancelled so they pulled up next to the member first and then Boat US showed up. I think, not positive, that Boat US actually dropped the member after that because he didn't notify anyone. But that's just an isolated incident, theres nothing in the contracts saying you cant use both.
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Old 03-16-2018, 11:32 AM
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SeaTow has prettier boats. TowBoat US look like coast guard launches.
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Hey guys, my first post! I’m one of your local TowBoat Captains and would be happy to answer any TowBoatUS questions.

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Old 03-17-2018, 07:25 AM
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I have fished out of Watch Hill my whole life. Both services are comparable on the water but if you trailer and ever need the trailering assistance you can't touch boatus service.
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Old 03-17-2018, 07:52 AM
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Originally Posted by gregb5220 View Post
That's my point..Sea Tow does a lot more than Boat US as far as additional things besides towing


What exactly are all these thing ST does over TBUS?
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