Some say a boat is like a woman, but I’m sure they are only referring to the many pleasant hours spent in her company.
In no way are they referring to the fickle nature of a boat; one minute you’re having the time of your life and the next you are broken down and stranded.
It is the fickle nature of boats and the many systems involved that has given rise to the crucial services of Sea Tow.
Sea Tow is a national organization with many locally owned franchises in all parts of the country. Odds are pretty good, if you are on the water, there is a Sea Tow operator standing by to help if you have problems. This is a huge comfort factor for boat owners as they work hard to enjoy a day on the water. Knowing someone has your back and can tow you home or bring you necessary items to get you underway is reassuring. Even if you are not in a Sea Tow area, your membership will pay for another tow company up to a certain amount depending on your coverage. This is peace of mind.
Capt. Jared Stubbs is a partner and operator at Sea Tow San Diego since 2012; he and his crew of four other captains are on stand by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. We caught up with Capt. Jared and asked him about his operation and how it all works.
Capt. Jared said, “My previous career was spent as a marine engineer on large research vessels. I met the former Sea Tow owner when I fixed a stubborn engine problem and we got to talking. He wanted to move back to Florida and I ended up buying in and taking over the operation. We assist boaters almost daily and also do lots of salvage and boat raisings. We keep five towboats ready to deploy in strategic areas of San Diego Harbor and Mission Bay.
In 2015, we added a retired USCG 25’RB-S to our fleet. It can do 50-plus knots and drive through about any sea, giving us superior capabilities to help our members and other boaters. We can leave Shelter Island and be on scene in the Coronado Islands in about 20 minutes. For members we offer unlimited distance towing up to 5,000 dollars worth. We can work in Mexican waters without problem. Often I can patch up or repair a member’s boat at sea and get them back underway to save the day of fishing or cruising. We often bring gas, oil and spare parts to broken down members as well.”
Membership with Sea Tow is one of the smartest safety items a boat owner can buy. It is very inexpensive for a year’s coverage compared to one break down issue without being covered. Learn more and join at Seatow.com.
It really is a no brainer and could save your boat or lives of family and friends.
We asked Capt. Jared for some of his recommended boat safety tips based on the issues that he sees regularly.
Ten Boat Safety Tips
- Make sure you have a sober skipper.
- Ensure your safety gear is functional and up to date.
- Wear lifejackets and don’t just buy the cheapest one you can find.
- Regularly check your bilge pumps and float switches for function. Check connections and screens.
- Perform regular battery maintenance.
- Confirm fuel levels and change fuel filters often.
- Carry spare parts: filters, impellers, belts, oil and fluids.
- File a float plan. Notify the local Sea Tow of your float plan and important contacts.
- Have a good, well-stocked first aid kit. They often get wet and moldy in storage. Check it out occasionally.
- Double-check your fire extinguishers for date and functionality. Carry extras when possible.
Make sure Sea Tow has your back, its the most likely insurance you will ever need.