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Old 06-19-2007, 09:27 PM
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How far have you been towed?? We were towed over 13 miles at 6-7 miles per hour at the APBA race several years ago, took forever to get back.
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Old 06-19-2007, 09:32 PM
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Check with FNYGuy. I think I remember something about Key West. Something about gas. Like not having any.
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Old 06-19-2007, 10:25 PM
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I got towed today in fact. I was only about a 3/4 of a mile from my lift , all no wake. I over heated and figured I lost an impeller, called my marina and the mechanic came in one of the rental boats. He towed me for free, because he does the work on my boat. At least I saved on gas today.
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I broke a vertical shaft 26 miles away from my dock on the 4th of July a few years ago. Took forever to get back in unbearable heat.
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75 miles .6o by the coasties and another 15 by Boat U.S. And it didn't cost us a dime,you gotta love the coasties and unlimited towing insurance.

I almost forgot it was at 6 knots in 10-12 foot seas.
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Ive been towed a couple of times.....the most memorable one, of course, was with seatow. They charge an arm and a leg, then you pay for their gas. I will swim the boat with rope in teeth next time.
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Once on the PWC, 5 miles on the first of April years ago. Air temp was in the low 70s. Water temp was 59*. I cracked the bottom of my PWC open, and it sank to the handlebars in the middle of the lake. I was in real trouble in that cold water, and thankfully a nice couple on a bass boat came along, plucked me out, and towed me in. That was a long cold ride.

Once, in the 26' Sonic, when I ruptured an external hydraulic steering line, and pumped all of the PS fluid into the river. I threw a line to a buddy in a 25' Checkmate and we hauled ass to get me away from that slick before anyone could pin it on me. Towed me about 2 miles into a VERY crappy marina with a 30' wide entry channel with concrete walls down either side including a 90* turn. That was some very tight quarters.
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...I will swim the boat with rope in teeth next time.
Aggressor 25 has a great story like this. Something about walking down the bank of Reagan National Airport outside of Washington DC, right on the Potomac River, with a rope slung over his shoulder. I'll let him finish.
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A buddy blew a drive about 90 miles from home 2 weeks ago. Since it was 10:30 AM he decided to head home on one engine. At 7:00 he called to say he was setting anchor near the marina. We asked if he thought he needed help getting the boat on the trailer, he said NO, he was chit-faced drunk and couldn't load it let alone tow it home!!!!
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I twisted off a vertical shaft in the middle of the Houston ship channel with heavy commercial traffic going both ways. I had just finished installation of a vhf radio and 1/2 wave antenna that week for an intracoastal canal trip and I was able to alert the commercial traffic to my predicament.

As soon as I had advised them, a tug came on and asked if I wanted a tow, you can not imagine my relief when I saw a tug u-turn and come back. He tied me alongside and had me under tow in less than ten minutes from the drive failure, he towed me for an hour until a buddy could make it down river and take over. Total tow was about 25 miles and 4 hours with both boats

I can not emphasize enough the importance of vhf radio when you are around commercial shipping, they don't have their cell numbers painted on the bow

I always go out of my way to give them room and wave when I see the people that work on the water for a living.
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