The following terms are defined in order to help
members understand the privileges that a Sea Tow
AOR: Area of responsibility,
the geographic area assigned each Sea Tow Licensee.
Non-emergency assistance provided to a disabled
vessel. (Definition from the Federal Register
Covered Vessel: Any
vessel covered by a Sea Tow membership card, providing
the vessel is 65-feet in length or under.
Dock-to-Dock Tow: A tow from one safe
port or marina to another safe port or marina.
A vessel which while being operated, has been
rendered incapable of proceeding under its own
power and is in need of assistance. (Definition
from the USCG SAR Policy)
Removal of a line, rope or other foreign objects
from the underwater running gear of a disabled
Fuel Transfer: Delivery
of gasoline or diesel fuel to a disabled
Hard Aground: A vessel
grounded on rocks, ledge, shoal or otherwise in
a perilous marine situation. Assistance to a vessel
hard aground constitutes a salvage
operation and will usually be covered under
a vessels hull insurance or liability policy.
Home Area: The large geographic
area of responsibility (AOR)
that a Sea Tow Licensee
covers which includes your home
Home Port: A member's
specified marina, yacht club, pier, launching
ramp or mooring.
a disabled vessels
engine by attaching an outside power source to
the starting circuit by means of cables.
Primary Vessel: The
named or otherwise identified, specific vessel
that membership privileges apply to.
Safe Port: Is one that
can accommodate the safe mooring of your vessel
and has available a means of communication. (Definition
from the USCG SAR Policy).
Any act or activity undertaken to assist a vessel
or any other property in danger in navigable waters
or in any other waters whatsoever. (Definition
from the IMO International Salvage Conference
Soft Aground: For the
purposes of the Sea Tow membership program a vessel
is considered soft aground when the vessel's hull
is touching the bottom and the vessel is not in
peril, not beached, has water surrounding on all
sides, has some movement, is not in contact with
rocks, coral, reefs, or any other obstruction
that may damage the vessel, is in calm water,
free from wakes, surf, and waves greater than
1' and the vessel can be removed from aground
with one towboat in less than 15 minutes.
Mayday Situations: As professional mariners, Sea
Tow and Sea Tow captains
reserves the right to delay response to members
in order to provide assistance to vessels in grave
or eminent danger.
Severe Weather: Sea Tow reserves the right to
decline or delay service due to severe or dangerous
weather conditions. The Coast Guard may be notified
in such cases by Sea Tow and requested to respond.
Jump-starts: On the water jump-starts
are at the discretion of the Sea
Tow captain and only if it can be performed
Non-Assistance Towing Items: Items such as: fuel,
parts, de-watering pumps, SCUBA divers, haul outs
etc., are not covered in the membership program.
Heavy Traffic: Sea Tow members always receive
priority service. However, on days of heavy boating
traffic, calls will be handled on a first member
called - first member assisted basis.
Salvage Operations: Salvage
Operations are not member privileges covered
by the membership. Vessels wrecked, beached, on
fire, taking on water or sinking are not covered
by the membership.
is at the discretion of the Sea
Tow captain and will be completed to their
best ability. In some cases a tow may be safer.
If a diver is used there will be a charge for
Pre-Existing Problems: A membership applicant
warrants that the covered vessel will be reasonably
maintained and free of any condition that renders
the covered vessel inoperable or unsafe when they
join. Vessels with pre-existing problems, therefore,
are not covered under this program.
Insurance: Towing charges as part of an insurance
claim such as: a salvage operation, wreck removal
or the towing portion of the damage claims covered
by a hull insurance policy are not covered membership
privileges. Any insurance recovery for towing
charges provided by Sea Tow is payable to Sea
Refunds: Refunds will only be provided within
thirty days of membership activation provided
no membership services have been rendered within
Other Towing Services: Towing invoices from non-Sea
Tow providers are not covered when there is a
Sea Tow provider in the area. A non-licensed Good
Samaritan, marina, or other may not charge for
services as it is in violation of Federal Law.
Sea Tow will not offer reimbursement for this
type of service, as it should be given free of
Sea Tow encourages safe boating. Towing services
for vessels after operator has been arrested for
intoxicated operation is not covered under the
membership program. "DON'T DRINK AND BOAT!"
Sea Tow reserves the right to withdraw any membership
for abuse. This includes misrepresentation of
vessels condition, fraud, intoxicated operation
or lack of upkeep and care of the vessel. For
liability reasons Sea Tow reserves the right to
refuse to tow an unmanned vessel.
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, CALL THE
U. S. COAST GUARD FIRST ON CHANNEL 16 VHF!