Margaritaville, Sloppy Joe’s and all the fun and excitement of Duval Street was on Rob Tyme’s mind. He wanted to leave his homeport of Fort Lauderdale in his 35-foot cuddy cabin called On Tyme and take his family down to Key West for an overnight trip.
“She had been running like never before and I knew this was the time to make the trip,” he said. “I had confidence in the boat like never before and also had confidence in myself as a boater.”
The trip was plotted out on a chart. Rob would take his boat from Fort Lauderdale to Miami on the intercostal, or on the ocean side depending on the wind and weather, then travel inside through Biscayne Bay/Florida Bay to Key Largo for a quick stop and refuel. Next, he would venture out through Adams Cut at Key Largo to the ocean and south to Key West.
Although everything was planned perfectly, he didn’t expect to have mechanical problems at The Reef, which is also known as Hawk’s Channel. Luckily the channel is in somewhat protected water with not much swell and the 35-foot vessel was able to anchor out of boat traffic.
After working on the boat for about an hour Rob thought about his Sea Tow membership, but didn’t think he would be covered several hours from home.
“We were a long way away from home, in a different place and it just didn’t even come to mind until we were all hot and worried that we would be stuck on the boat for the night, without power,” Rob said.
Then he did it. Rob pushed the “Assistance” button on the Sea Tow mobile app and it wasn’t long before his heart rate started to slow and he knew everything would be okay. He was covered in the middle of a long voyage, away from home.
“Unfortunately, this is what sometimes happens in boating, but we are there to help,” said Capt. Ernie Perroncello of Sea Tow Islamorada. “They had a basic electrical problem that was easily fixable after we towed them to a local marina and got the boat looked at by a mechanic. Many people don’t realize that we are in lots of popular boating places and standing by 24/7 to serve our members and other boaters when they are in need of help.”
About Your Sea Tow Membership
With a Sea Tow Membership, vessels disabled in the Bahamas, Mexico or Canada will be serviced in accordance with membership agreement. Vessels can be towed to the U.S. only from a safe port upon prior arrangement.
Like other services, the Sea Tow Captain will, in his/her sole discretion, decide when to perform the service based on weather conditions and safety of the water. Additionally, tows to the U.S can only be performed on Monday through Friday by prior arrangement. Additionally, all vessels must clear U.S. Customs. If you’d like to know more about your Sea Tow membership agreement, click here: http://www.seatow.com/membership/membership-agreement