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Old 06-06-2016, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Venice, FL
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That sounds better than the firm I had to use, which was Bendover & Takeit.
I think Sea Tow or Boat US, while more expensive, are better because Sign & Glide will only tow you to the closest marina from what I understand even if you are within the 75 miles. The others will tow you to your "home" marina.
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Old 06-06-2016, 02:26 PM
 
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I used Sea Tow up north but went with Boat US down here because their closest home port was much closer to my house dock, and the guys there were very friendly. It's just a bonus that they are a bit cheaper and give you a nice monthly magazine in the mail ...I also added unlimited trailer assist for $14 for the two or four times a year I have to use the trailer to put in/out.

In 25 years I have never had to use them (knock on wood). I did break down a few times on some of my older boats but I was always within 10 miles from home and my electric or gas trolling motor got me back to my dock or boat ramp every time.

Aside from a tow service....a troller, gas or electric, for a small boat, is "almost" mandatory in my opinion, especially if you are still learning the area. If you find yourself all of a sudden in a shallow spot you can lift the main motor and use the troller to get to deeper water BEFORE you drift into even shallower water, or worse get slammed into rocky jetties, and then really need a tow off which can be expensive, dangerous and damaging.

Plus, of course, those little electric motors are just so useful for so many things like fishing or even docking in a really tight space.
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Old 06-06-2016, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Venice, FL
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I used Sea Tow up north but went with Boat US down here because their closest home port was much closer to my house dock, and the guys there were very friendly. It's just a bonus that they are a bit cheaper and give you a nice monthly magazine in the mail ...I also added unlimited trailer assist for $14 for the two or four times a year I have to use the trailer to put in/out.

In 25 years I have never had to use them (knock on wood). I did break down a few times on some of my older boats but I was always within 10 miles from home and my electric or gas trolling motor got me back to my dock or boat ramp every time.

Aside from a tow service....a troller, gas or electric, for a small boat, is "almost" mandatory in my opinion, especially if you are still learning the area. If you find yourself all of a sudden in a shallow spot you can lift the main motor and use the troller to get to deeper water BEFORE you drift into even shallower water, or worse get slammed into rocky jetties, and then really need a tow off which can be expensive, dangerous and damaging.

Plus, of course, those little electric motors are just so useful for so many things like fishing or even docking in a really tight space.

Thanks. Good to know about trolling motor.
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Old 06-07-2016, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Lemon Bay, Englewood, FL
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I was hoping to find out what the distance restrictions, etc. were for this type of thing.
Look at your Sea Tow policy or check them out online. Everything you need will be on their site. Most will cover out to 50 or 75 miles, which is PLENTY for most people
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Old 06-07-2016, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Lemon Bay, Englewood, FL
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They use BoatUS correct?
Progressive uses whatever tow service they can get a hold of at the time with the best rate. Could be Sea Tow, BoatUS, or Big John down the street (licensed of course). It won't necessarily be the closest.
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Old 06-08-2016, 02:39 PM
 
Location: North Port,FL
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I was very impressed with the coverage I received through Progressive. They sent Florida Marine Works who did a great job pulling my boat off a sand bar in the Myakka River last summer. I just signed my name and Progressive paid the $726 bill.
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Old 06-08-2016, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Venice, FL
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My only concern with them is, and I need to get this clarified, whether if you are within the mile range, will they tow you back to your home marina without extra charge.
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Old 06-08-2016, 04:06 PM
 
Location: New Jersey/Florida
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My only concern with them is, and I need to get this clarified, whether if you are within the mile range, will they tow you back to your home marina without extra charge.
If you have full coverage most outfits will tow you back to your dock within reason. Cheaper coverage will not get you towed to the dock of your choice.
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Old 06-09-2016, 07:06 AM
 
Location: Lemon Bay, Englewood, FL
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My only concern with them is, and I need to get this clarified, whether if you are within the mile range, will they tow you back to your home marina without extra charge.
A 20 second Google search gave me the answer: https://signandglidetowing.com/faq/
No, they do not tow you back to your home marina without extra charge unless it's the closest. Now if we're talking about a mile difference, I'm sure you could work something out with the tow operator.
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Old 06-09-2016, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Venice, FL
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A 20 second Google search gave me the answer: https://signandglidetowing.com/faq/
No, they do not tow you back to your home marina without extra charge unless it's the closest. Now if we're talking about a mile difference, I'm sure you could work something out with the tow operator.
Thank you HH. That's what I thought. I had been on that website initially and thought that was what I had read but wanted to confirm directly in case I might have misread.
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