I've stayed out of the Sea Tow threads until now. I used to own a franchise. Joe III is a stand up guy and we were never trained or told to snatch anybody's boat or never told to rip anybody off. I treated all my customers fairly and never claimed salvage rights on anybody's boat. All franchise's are operated by indepedant business owners and yes some of them had bad reputations. I sold the business because it was too much work and I hated charging people when they were down on there luck. Sea Tow International pushed the $119.00 membership big time. The theory was to have 1-2 thousand members and you'd never tow many. It was sold and pushed as an insurance policy. Many of those maritime laws were written years ago and certain individuals seem to stretch the limits of their existence.