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Old 05-10-2012, 04:56 AM
 
Location: Florida, Baja Sur & Alaska
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Best company up this way for boat towing, Boats US or Sea Tow ????

Moving in the house today, closed a day earlier...Caught my first fish off
the dock yesterday, a fluke (summer flounder)....on a bucktail.
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Old 05-10-2012, 05:06 AM
 
Location: Lemon Bay, Englewood, FL
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Both towing companies are here. Which is best?? Don't know, never had to call. I use BoatUS because the towing is free with the insurance, but I know SeaTow is popular as well.
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Old 05-10-2012, 05:30 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte
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I always had seatow. But after moving on the water i went with tow boat us realy. Because a Neighbor is a capt and told
Me all
The benifetsI
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Old 05-10-2012, 05:50 AM
 
Location: North Port, Fl
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I use SeaTow. I have been told Boat USA does not go off-shore. Can't tell you if it true or not but I don't want to take the chance. SeaTow has responded to my two calls very promptly. They also have a parts catalog that beats prices at many stores in the area. Good luck.
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Old 05-10-2012, 05:51 AM
 
Location: Florida, Baja Sur & Alaska
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Boat Tow is what I had before, I'll stick with them, thanks......
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Old 05-10-2012, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Lemon Bay, Englewood, FL
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I use SeaTow. I have been told Boat USA does not go off-shore. Can't tell you if it true or not but I don't want to take the chance. SeaTow has responded to my two calls very promptly. They also have a parts catalog that beats prices at many stores in the area. Good luck.
Yes, BoatUS goes offshore 25 miles standard. Some BoatUS towing ports go up to 50 miles offshore standard. BoatUS: Towing Services : Unlimited Towing
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Old 05-10-2012, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Punta Gorda and Maryland
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I just call a friend if I need a tow - so far I never have needed one. I get the US Boat tow insurance, and I also have a boat tow insurance on my boat insurance policy. So far, I've never needed it. I service my boat with people that really know Yamaha motors, and if it acts up at all I have them come out. I have dual batteries and a switch so that if one goes out when I'm out on the water I have a back up. That happened once, and because of the back-up I was good. Changed them both for new batteries when that happened. Florida is really hard on batteries - always make sure they are in good shape.

If you have a problem, like I do sometimes - I call my buddy HH! :-)
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Old 05-10-2012, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Lemon Bay, Englewood, FL
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I just call a friend if I need a tow - so far I never have needed one. I get the US Boat tow insurance, and I also have a boat tow insurance on my boat insurance policy. So far, I've never needed it. I service my boat with people that really know Yamaha motors, and if it acts up at all I have them come out. I have dual batteries and a switch so that if one goes out when I'm out on the water I have a back up. That happened once, and because of the back-up I was good. Changed them both for new batteries when that happened. Florida is really hard on batteries - always make sure they are in good shape.

If you have a problem, like I do sometimes - I call my buddy HH! :-)
Haha BH. I am meticulous with my mechanical maintainence, but even so, things happen. Even with two engines, I still opted for the towing coverage, cuz you just never know when both engines might fail, or something disatrous happens. One thing that will never happen to me is running out of battery power I have 6 group 31 batts on board, and i load test them once a month and check the water levels. Everyone needs to check their battery water level regularly! They DO dry up, especially if charging a lot! If dry, the cells fail.
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Old 05-10-2012, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Punta Gorda and Maryland
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Haha BH. I am meticulous with my mechanical maintainence, but even so, things happen. Even with two engines, I still opted for the towing coverage, cuz you just never know when both engines might fail, or something disatrous happens. One thing that will never happen to me is running out of battery power I have 6 group 31 batts on board, and i load test them once a month and check the water levels. Everyone needs to check their battery water level regularly! They DO dry up, especially if charging a lot! If dry, the cells fail.
Testing batteries?!?!? That's what I have you for! :-))
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Old 05-10-2012, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Lemon Bay, Englewood, FL
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Testing batteries?!?!? That's what I have you for! :-))
Aye aye aye BH.... It's a $45 load tester you can get at any auto parts store. VERY easy to use. A battery's condition cannot be determined by the voltage reading after charging. It MUST have a load applied to it (thus, the Load Tester). I keep it stored on the boat at all times I know, I know, even my friends up north think I'm wacko
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