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Old 18-06-2013, 16:46   #31
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Re: Sea Tow, Boat US Membership or Someone Else

Originally Posted by highseasharry View Post
American Automobile Association does not assist with trailer breakdowns
AAA covers most types of trailer under the RV coverage add on. You might look at the price to add that and compare it to trailer assist from BoatUS.

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Old 18-06-2013, 17:22   #32

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Re: Sea Tow, Boat US Membership or Someone Else

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Would not have helped in my case since the Wellcraft was burning close to a gallon per mile. Have to have a really big jerrycan.

Oh my solution is definitely a smaller sailboat solution and not anything I would count on for a long cruise. I've thought about putting in a fuel gauge, but have heard the same things I've read here today -- that they aren't all that reliable.

I wish I just had a straight line to my fuel tank and could use a dip stick, but I can't.

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Old 18-06-2013, 17:33   #33
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Re: Sea Tow, Boat US Membership or Someone Else

Totally BoatUS. Used to work for our local office, husband still does. So, a little biased but still.
At least here, they will give local knowledge readily, relay info for CG if you need, radio checks... you only need the membership for getting on-water assistance. Unlimited level membership is the only one I would bother with. The $150 doesn't get you much.
But you should check out the coverage range and access for your local provider before you decide, get some local reviews/opinions if you can.
Don't go with anyone other than one of the big 2. We've had several around here, they manage to stay in business a few months or a year before disappearing (but we also have thorough TBUS and ST coverage; if they were the only option they might do better).
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Old 18-06-2013, 18:47   #34
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Re: Sea Tow, Boat US Membership or Someone Else

Yeah TowBoatUS only here for me. The only sailor (boater) in Texas that hasn't ran aground is a liar. And the guy who says "make some friends" doesn't like his friends! I've also never used it, even last Friday when I was hard aground (trying to sneak though a seriously shoaled bay with an 18" draft) we managed to get it off without help. But for $150 per month, not having it is not having a change of clothes. All boaters have a change of clothes. Right? What if you get wet? Well I always have a change of clothes.

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