Have you experienced the need to maneuver around a boat in tow? If so, we are sure it raised some questions. Who has the right away? What should you do?
Boater Chris from Westbrook, CT decided to keep his family’s safety top of mind and instead of puttering around inside of a busy channel when he had engine trouble, he called his local Sea Tow Central Connecticut for help. When Sea Tow Captain Tom Kehlenbach arrived on scene, he determined that Chris’s boat needed a tow back to the dock where more work could be done.
While in tow, Chris was dismayed at the number of other boaters who were racing to get in front of the Sea Tow boat towing, or just not paying attention. He was relieved when he made it back to the dock safely with his family. After a quick fuel filter replacement, the boat was ready to get back on to the water.
When a boat is in tow, the towing boat has limited steering control. With that said, it is best to steer clear of both of the boats to ensure safety for everyone involved. Also, it is courteous to slow down, as your wake may impact the maneuverability of the boat in tow. Providing plenty of room for a towing boat to maneuver the waters ensures the towing captain has the space to safely return to the dock.