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Old 01-22-2013, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Purchased a new (used) boat.

I'm looking into SeaTow and Boat US.

Does anyone have any recommendations, stories, referrals for either company?

It'll mostly be near fort myers beach, Sanibel, and the river. Never far off shore as its a relatively small vessel.

Thanks!
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Old 01-22-2013, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Florida Space Coast
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Either are fine both have boats in the area. Boat us you may get some addl benefits through west marine and they have a pretty decent magazine that goes along with membership. Oh and i also have one of those spot personal gps locators that has a button for non emergency that will send boat us out to my gps coordinates
.... so i guess boat us would be my choice
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Old 01-22-2013, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Cape Coral
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Purchased a new (used) boat.

I'm looking into SeaTow and Boat US.

Does anyone have any recommendations, stories, referrals for either company?

It'll mostly be near fort myers beach, Sanibel, and the river. Never far off shore as its a relatively small vessel.

Thanks!
I used both uo north. Seatow gave me a big increase after I used their service, Boat US did not.

I am thinking of joining a boat club where you "rent" a boat for 3 days at a time. No Seatow or Boat US.
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Cape Coral
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Both provide good service in the area....its just a matter of personal preference. Havent found one better than the other. Have seen both working on the water around Pine Island. They must stay pretty busy.
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Cape Coral, Florida
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Originally Posted by GRNDHOG View Post
Purchased a new (used) boat.

I'm looking into SeaTow and Boat US.

Does anyone have any recommendations, stories, referrals for either company?

It'll mostly be near fort myers beach, Sanibel, and the river. Never far off shore as its a relatively small vessel.

Thanks!
In my experience Sea Tow has a faster response time. I spend quite a bit of time on the water and frequently see 2 or 3 Sea Tow boats to every 1 Boat US boat. Sea Tow is a little more expensive, but they have more boats. I used Sea Tow for years, then got a great deal on Boat US, so I used them for a year or two and went back to Sea Tow just because it seems like you get what you pay for. If you are new to boating this area you will use there services more than you think you will depending on your choice of boat and what you plan on doing with it. All boaters whether experienced or not new to this area inevitably get stuck on grass flats, sand bars and oyster beds at least a few times in the first couple years. You can either wait for the tide to come back in, call Boat US or call Sea Tow, response time is in that order, with Sea Tow being by far the quickest.
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Thanks all!
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:30 PM
 
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just call coast guard they have vulture salvage companies monitoring distress channel , they come flying .watch Shipwrecked program on the I believe is the Discovery channel on cable tv you'll see the action first hand.
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:34 AM
 
Location: Meredith NH
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BoatUS gets my vote by a big margin.Both have good reponse time if they are needed but BoatUS has many other bennies.You can design your own boat lettering on their website for very light money.The marine insurance program is excellent.My company back home dropped my boat coverage because we are away from "inland waterways".....BoatUS gave us better coverage for less money.
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