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Question: What if your boat breaks down on the water? #7657633 06/17/12 06:50 PM
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Who do you call to get help if you're stuck on the water?


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m-f my insurance agent, got some sort of coverage for tows.
most of the time I am on the water with others in boats and we all have each others cell #.

on texoma a couple of yrs ago I had to call the lake patrol, bilge came on and would not go off, pumping for all it was worth (and no the plug was in) engine had died and would not restart (blew the 20a main fuse under the cowling), trolling motor was not gonna work against the wind, coast guard was not on ch 16. they did come out to get me but another tourney fisherman had already hooked me up to tow me in. turned out the livewell pump had worked loose and was leaking pretty good around it.

back on the lake 4 hrs later.





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Re: Question: What if your boat breaks down on the water? [Re: JMWest] #7657813 06/17/12 07:48 PM
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In addition to insurance agent and lake patrol, for lakes I visit often, I keep all of the marina phone numbers on the phone. I've never had to use it, but I figure they would be able to get SOMEBODY to come and help out.

Friends with boats might also be an option.


Re: Question: What if your boat breaks down on the water? [Re: JMWest] #7659073 06/18/12 01:51 AM
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Sound advice from both!


Re: Question: What if your boat breaks down on the water? [Re: JMWest] #7660103 06/18/12 01:37 PM
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I've called 911 on July 4th. Told them I had an non-emergency situation. They were to notify the sheriffs dept and/or TPWD, both of which was on the lake at the time, NEITHER responded. I did get a tow from a sail boat and while passing the TPWD boys, I gave them the middle finger, secret Hawaiian Wave which of course they responded immediately.......LOL



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Ive been broke down twice (in 35 yrs) once my boat once a friends, both times a friendly boater gave us a tow really couldn't tell ya about nowadays last time was 20 yrs ago. Towed a few in last one 9 am and this guy is out of gas skiing and then didnt like the marinas gas prices lol


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Originally Posted By: opus
Ive been broke down twice (in 35 yrs) once my boat once a friends, both times a friendly boater gave us a tow really couldn't tell ya about nowadays last time was 20 yrs ago. Towed a few in last one 9 am and this guy is out of gas skiing and then didnt like the marinas gas prices lol

That is skiers for you you. They leave their brains behind at the house. I ran in to a guy in Little Mineral about 10 minutes before pitch black holding up a ski. I stopped an asked Where is the boat? They had gone to LMM only about 1/3 mile away to get gas and left him floating. I have been fortunate. Even blew an engine once and somehow got to it to crank and idle back to ramp. I figure if the TM does not cut it there is always another boat around.



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Re: Question: What if your boat breaks down on the water? [Re: JMWest] #7665519 06/19/12 05:51 PM
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Re: Question: What if your boat breaks down on the water? [Re: JMWest] #7666719 06/19/12 09:21 PM
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Broke down one time about 10 years ago, split a fuel line under the cowling.

I have towed I dont know how many people back to the dock, never take a dime and when they ask just tell them to remember the next guy they see stranded.


Re: Question: What if your boat breaks down on the water? [Re: JMWest] #7671581 06/20/12 10:41 PM
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This is why I put the largest trolling motor possible on my boat smile I've been stranded twice and used my Fortrex 101 to get in with.


Re: Question: What if your boat breaks down on the water? [Re: JMWest] #7671662 06/20/12 11:09 PM
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Or add on-the-water towing to your regular boat insurance.

I know that you're referring to lakes but I don't often fish lakes. I'm usually in saltwater and more often than not, I'm well offshore.

Contrary to popular belief, the CG will not come out and tow you in if you break down. CG is only coming if you have a medical emergency or need to be rescued. They will rescue you but your boat is S.O.L.

Without SeaTow to BoatUS you're looking at a huge bill to get towed in. In some cases it could be as much as the value of your boat. $150/year for SeaTow or BoatUS. Seems like mighty cheap insurance if you ask me.


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Re: Question: What if your boat breaks down on the water? [Re: JMWest] #7672167 06/21/12 01:50 AM
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If it's too windy for my TM to get me to the closest ramp, I'm not out on the water anyway.

I'll live with the chance that my big motor and TM won't both go out. I do carry a paddle in case that happens though.


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