Originally Posted by Forkliftt
After we purchased our Bayliner that sank in Katrina (about 9 years ago) our first trip was across Lake Ponchatrain to New Orleans. We saw a Sea Tow boat for the first time and I remember getting an application and thinking it would be a good idea. Within 2 months, at night on Lake Ponchatrain in a storm, we were taking on water and at risk of sinking (long story) and we called Sea Tow. He came across the lake and got us to our slip in Madisonville. We hadn't signed up, so the bill was over $700. I would have gladly paid $7,000!
I know the story...have been at the towing vessel end of it many times..
Just for everyone's info out there...if you are taking on water and need to be dewatered, even while being towed.....that's usually not a covered item in assistance towing membership. The company can charge extra for that...and while if you need it you need it (and your insurance will probably cover it)...make sure you ask up front and get a reasonable charge from the tower.
If it's broad daylight and calm conditions...maritime courts/arbitration usually only allows a reasonable hourly rate...but if it's a dark and stormy...watch out as the charges can go to true salvage percentages of the yacht.
If you haven't already, go to the Sea Tow or Boat US website and read the sections on salvage as they might save you a lot of aggravation when/if the time comes because you won't need the captain to explain everything as the cold water gets higher on your ankles or has to scream above the wind driven breakers on the rocks under you...