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Old 01-22-2020, 03:10 PM   #1
Kingfisher789
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Anybody use either service or have any experience with them? Pros ,Cons or suggestions welcomed. Thanks in advance
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Old 01-22-2020, 03:14 PM   #2
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I have Sea Tow but never have had to use it.
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Old 01-22-2020, 03:15 PM   #3
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I have Sea Tow but never have had to use it.
Better go find some wood fo knock on.
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Old 01-22-2020, 03:16 PM   #4
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I had Sea Tow. Had to use it once. Sea Tow didn't have a boat in the Area so they called TOW Boat USA and reimbursed me the cost to use TOW Boat
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Old 01-22-2020, 03:17 PM   #5
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Really depends on what port is serviced by what company. The port we fish out of is only covered by Boat US.
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Old 01-22-2020, 03:26 PM   #6
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I was gonna get a Sea Tow but ended up with Progressive Sign & Glide coverage. They don't use any single service they leverage anyone in the area. Used it one night out flounder gigging about 2am, called them up and they said standby we'll call back. I got a call back about 10 minutes later they'd woken up someone to come get me. Then they called every 15 minutes until I was out of there. No payment up front, dude just walked up to my boat with a clipboard, I signed, he towed and that was the end of it. Sign & Glide was seriously cheap to add to the boat coverage too, iirc it was like $5/mo on the policy.

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Old 01-22-2020, 03:51 PM   #7
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Old 01-22-2020, 03:55 PM   #8
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I was gonna get a Sea Tow but ended up with Progressive Sign & Glide coverage. They don't use any single service they leverage anyone in the area. Used it one night out flounder gigging about 2am, called them up and they said standby we'll call back. I got a call back about 10 minutes later they'd woken up someone to come get me. Then they called every 15 minutes until I was out of there. No payment up front, dude just walked up to my boat with a clipboard, I signed, he towed and that was the end of it. Sign & Glide was seriously cheap to add to the boat coverage too.
Over the years I have tried them all , what ever port is your primary, I would use them

Wife works at usaa and insured our boat with progressive I like them for the bay systemís

On side note when I fished out of port Mansfield, on days it was to rough to fish offshore, I would pick up some extra money working for the local marinea, running around dropping off 2 stroke oil , 5 gallon gas tank or pulling people off the reef to the channel
Owners didnít have a tow boat and would split the price with me
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Old 01-22-2020, 03:57 PM   #9
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Tow Boat - I was with kid about 4a going duck hunting. Yeti cup full of coffee spilled toward me while going through a cut. I grounded it into about 3 inches of water. Called and out of there within an hour and still made the am shoot
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Old 01-22-2020, 04:05 PM   #10
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I have Sea Tow but never have had to use it.
Me too. Small price to pay in case something does go wrong.
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Old 01-22-2020, 04:12 PM   #11
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I have Sea Tow but never have had to use it.
This ^^^^..can be somewhat dependent on you service area as to who contract with
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Old 01-22-2020, 05:55 PM   #12
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sea tow in my area has far more boats.
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Old 01-22-2020, 06:02 PM   #13
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See if your boat insurance can get you a rider. I got one that does everything sea tow does except ow my buddies boat. Cost a lot less than sea tow or tow boat.
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Old 01-22-2020, 09:39 PM   #14
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Man, I overheard a conversation of two guys talking about getting a boat unstuck down in Baffin Bay. They were saying if you don't have something like a platinum credit card, those guys won't touch your boat, the will take off and leave you. I swear, they said, it cost something like $15,000 to get their boat unstuck. I have stuck a boat a few times, I was always able to get out and drag the boat out of the mud, **** sure not paying $15,000 to get pulled off a sand bar or out of some mud.
I am guessing these deals y'all are talking about are basically the boat equivalent of AAA or a similar service. I guess much cheaper than not having any prepaid service.
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Old 01-22-2020, 09:52 PM   #15
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Man, I overheard a conversation of two guys talking about getting a boat unstuck down in Baffin Bay. They were saying if you don't have something like a platinum credit card, those guys won't touch your boat, the will take off and leave you. I swear, they said, it cost something like $15,000 to get their boat unstuck. I have stuck a boat a few times, I was always able to get out and drag the boat out of the mud, **** sure not paying $15,000 to get pulled off a sand bar or out of some mud.
I am guessing these deals y'all are talking about are basically the boat equivalent of AAA or a similar service. I guess much cheaper than not having any prepaid service.
I had to be towed several miles and the Tow Capitan said if it werenít for tow insurance it would have cost $5000 or so. In the wrong dang Business.
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Old 01-23-2020, 08:58 AM   #16
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Sign and glide coverage from Progressive, used them once,,, awesome service, he was up front with me,,, said he was towing another boat once done he was going to call me and head my direction... did ask if we had kids or females on boat, and if we needed any medical help...
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Old 01-23-2020, 09:41 AM   #17
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We've had Tow Boats for the last 5 years in Port A and have used it once. If you run/drift shallower areas, it is well worth the price of admission for peace of mind alone. They have a boat right in the marina and easily cover the places we fish.

Saying that, I would go with the best response and coverage available for your area.

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Old 01-23-2020, 09:50 AM   #18
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They're definitely worth their membership prices. If you need them and don't have a membership, the prices are ungodly. Coast Guard can't touch you in areas that there is commercial salvage unless you're actually in distress. So keep that in mind.
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Old 01-23-2020, 10:10 AM   #19
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I was gonna get a Sea Tow but ended up with Progressive Sign & Glide coverage. They don't use any single service they leverage anyone in the area. Used it one night out flounder gigging about 2am, called them up and they said standby we'll call back. I got a call back about 10 minutes later they'd woken up someone to come get me. Then they called every 15 minutes until I was out of there. No payment up front, dude just walked up to my boat with a clipboard, I signed, he towed and that was the end of it. Sign & Glide was seriously cheap to add to the boat coverage too, iirc it was like $5/mo on the policy.
This right her ^^^^^
Had to use mine once when I lost a gear in the lower unit. Wasn't to far out, just had to be towed from the J Hook in POC back to the Fishing Center.
Good news was, the guy that towed me in had a C-25 Mowdy. The tow was free but my new C-25 Mowdy cost a few bucks
Just had to have one, & love it.
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Old 01-23-2020, 10:29 AM   #20
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Coast Guard came and got me in Freeport when my motor wouldn't start. They just latched a rope and towed me all the way back to my boat launch. Nice Fella's.
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