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Old 04-06-2016, 03:30 PM   #17
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City: Dauphin Island, AL
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Free At Last
Vessel Model: 1981 42' Grand Banks Trawler
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Originally Posted by psneeld View Post
The refusal could have gone one way or another depending on how it was described.

Sea Tow might have or should have offered assistance to maneuver in and out of the marinas...I have done that many times....

Other than that, depending on a lot of things, I would have almost been ashamed to ask for a 20 mile tow with a working engine. A lot of captains I have assisted just want assistance or escort around difficult maneuvering areas.

Plus the way I understand the 2 business models....the BoatUS guys gets paid to tow you from national if he deides you need a tow (and who wouldn't)...the local Sea Tow guy eats it out of his pocket and now isn't available to tow someone who is totally disabled.

There are many reasons things are done a certain way...not always transparent.

In my old the tow was requested during certain times of the year, a BoatUS boat may not have even been available while the Sea Tow one would have been...of course if they elected to tow or assist...
Not to drag this out, but ashamed I was not. I got it into the marina on my own but only had right hand turns which worked with the remaining engine. It would have taken all left hand turns to get out of the marina and under a bridge to back out to open water. Yes, then I would have been good for about 15 miles, and they would have had to re-connect up and take me into a very difficult repair yard (Turner Marine on Dog River). Boat US did not see the value in connecting at the start of the trip, dropping the tow, then picking it up again at the end into the repair yard, and frankly neither did I. In fact Boat US was stationed at Dog River as well. Ashamed, don't think so, just prudent in making a good and safe decision on the tow company's part as well as my own.
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