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Franchise Ownership

Franchise Ownership

A career can be defined as one's lifework.

With Sea Tow it is a calling. If you prefer water to land, being windblown to being weatherproof, then chances are you're like the more than 700 Captains and crew of Sea Tow who believe a day on the water always beats a day at the office.

Owning a Sea Tow franchise is a 24/7 commitment to helping ensure the safety of recreational boaters. Those who join agree that operating a franchise is a challenging, but highly rewarding business.

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Interested in learning more about how to join the nation's leading marine assistance network? Fill out our inquiry form or call us at 800-4-SEATOW or 631-876-5025

Current Sea Tow Locations

Our boats are always positioned to best service our members. Check out the Sea Tow boat locations below.


Opportunity & Process

With over 100 franchises throughout the United States and Europe, Sea Tow is the recognized leader in marine assistance. Known for the professionalism of its Captains and its signature yellow boats, it's no wonder Sea Tow is the industry standard for non-emergency on-water assistance.

Whether you're providing guidance for a wayward cruiser, relieving the fears of a stranded boater by providing a tow, or running side by side with the U.S. Coast Guard on an emergency call, at the end of the day you know you’ve chosen a career that helps your fellow boaters.

The Sea Tow franchise model is built on the following core values:

Commitment to serving the recreational boating community

Passion to build a membership-based marine assistance business

Taking the Next Step

Request a Prospective Franchise Package

It includes: a prospective franchisee application, confidential disclosure agreement and other paperwork that allows us to speak further to you about the Sea Tow System. All forms must be completed and returned to Sea Tow prior to continuing the application process. Click here to request your package.

Schedule a Discovery Day Visit

Join us at Sea Tow’s corporate headquarters to meet the Sea Tow team who will take you through the responsibilities of a Sea Tow franchisee, as well as those of Sea Tow Services International as the franchisor. Learn the benefits of becoming part of the world’s premier marine assistance company. Begin the interview process that will hopefully lead to becoming a franchise owner.

Build Your Business Plan

Each prospective Sea Tow franchisee must develop a business plan that demonstrates an understanding of the operational, marketing and financial requirements of the specific area being applied for. The plan must be approved prior to a franchise being awarded.

The Franchise is Awarded

Once the prospective franchisee has met the requirements set forth by Sea Tow Services International Inc. and a thorough background check has been completed, you will receive a franchise offering. This offering includes the specific contractual obligations of the franchisee and the franchisor.

The Franchise Closing

Takes place a minimum of 14 business days after the prospective franchisee receives the franchise offering.

Franchise Training

New franchisees must attend the Sea Tow training program prior to beginning operation. The program presents all aspects of a successful, profitable franchise. It includes, but is not limited to: membership development and retention, providing on-water services the Sea Tow way, financial reporting, marketing, vessel salvage & recovery and operating according to the Sea Tow code of ethics.

Franchisees also benefit from:

  • National membership programs and alliances with boat manufacturers and dealers
  • National purchasing power for various marine-related equipment
  • Sea Tow's relationships with the U.S. Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadron, NMMA, MRAA, and others
  • Sea Tow's affiliation with C-PORT

The Investment

The amount of capital needed to own a Sea Tow franchise varies by Area of Responsibility (AOR) and is based on a number of factors. Your franchise development representative will review these with you once you've identified the location you wish to purchase.

Prospective franchisees can anticipate the following basic investment fees:

  • Franchise Fee — Franchise locations, or AORs (Areas of Responsibility), are classified by their size. They range from the largest (“A”) to the smallest (“D”) and the corresponding fee varies from about $35,000 for an “A” territory to $15,000 for a “D” territory. Market potential and other factors (i.e.: current membership base) also play a part in determining the franchise fee.
  • Additional Working Capital — Franchisees are required to have between $125,000 and $275,000 based on market requirements and the size of the awarded franchise.
  • Liquid Capital — Franchisees are required to maintain at least $50,000 based on the size of the awarded franchise.
  • Minimum Net Worth — Franchisees are required to have a minimum of $200,000 based on the size of the awarded franchise.

*Note: the aforementioned information is for reference purposes only and should not be construed as specific requirements.

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Available Markets

Sea Tow Services International is currently looking for franchise candidates for the following regions: 

Northeast
  • Great Lakes
  • Central New Jersey
  • Seacoast, New Hampshire
Southeast
  • Lake Lanier, Georgia
  • Inner Banks, North Carolina
Gulf Coast
Central United States
  • Lake of the Ozarks, MO
Southwest
  •     San Francisco, California
  •     Oxnard/Ventura, California
Northwest
  • Pacific Northwest (Portland, Seattle, Tacoma, Bellingham, and Everett)
Other
  • Lewisville Lake, TX
  • Lake Texoma, TX/OK
  • Tennessee Rivers & Lakes

*We also have opportunities on inland lakes throughout the country.

For more information call us at 631-876-5076 or click here to submit your information request.