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N.J. Resident Wins "Rig Your Boat With $10,000!" Sweepstakes

Nautic Global Group Teams Up With Sea Tow
Gold, Commercial & Corporate Cards Now $169

Need to Update Your Account?

Membership FAQ
Do you provide coverage in the Bahamas?

 


Boating News
Beneteau, MasterCraft, Navionics & Others Win Innovation Awards
Sea Tow New Orleans Visits with Fishing Greats

 

 

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Rig Your Boat With $10,000 winnerSea Tow Member Wins "Rig Your Boat With $10,000!" Sweepstakes
Brian Iannacone is the winner of Sea Tow's “Rig Your Boat With $10,000!” Sweepstakes. Iannacone is a resident of northern New Jersey and a Sea Tow member. Iannacone says he was suprised to learn he had won and that his family did not believe him.

He joined Sea Tow in July 2010 after purchasing his first boat, a 1995 Rinker cuddy cabin. He and his brother made a small investment in the vessel so their young families could explore boating. Their kids, ages 3 and 4, fell in love with the water and so Iannacone plans to upgrade by purchasing his friend's 2001 Lawson 270 Cabrio. His friend is shopping for a new boat, too. Click here for the full story.
Photo: Capt. Matt McClave, owner of Sea Tow Northern New Jersey; Brian Iannacone and
Capt. Joseph Frohnhoefer, COO.


Nautic Global Group Teams With Sea Tow

Through a partnership launched at the Miami Boat Show, people who choose to buy a Nautic Global Group brand will now receive a Sea Tow membership upon purchasing a new or certified used boat. The company produces the Rinker, Hurricane, Polar Kraft and Godfrey Pontoon Boat lines that are popular on coastal and inland waterways nationwide. New boat buyers will receive a free 95-day Sea Tow membership and certified used boat buyer will get a free 60-day membership.

Additionally, Rinker, Hurricane, Polar Kraft and Godfrey Pontoon BoatsOwners Clubs members get two months added to their annual Sea Tow membership for free when they join. Click the logos below to learn about these diverse boat lines.

Polar Kraft logo
Rinker logo
Godfrey Pontoons logo
Hurricane logo


Gold, Corporate & Commercial Cards Now $169

Sea Tow Captains across the country pride themselves in being the boating experts of their communities, available to help members 24/7. In order to keep pace with ever-increasing operating costs, it is necessary to nominally increase Gold, Corporate and Commercial Card membership fees to $169 a year as of March 1, 2011. This increase is the first in 5 years and only the third since Sea Tow began in 1983!

The cost of Lake Card and Professional Mariner Card memberships have not increased. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact your local Sea Tow office or our 24-hour Customer Service Center at 800-4SEATOW (800-473-2869).


Upcoming Boat Shows

This time of year, Sea Tow's expert Captains can often be found at local boat shows nationwide. It's a great opportunity to get out of the house, particularly in regions hard-hit by snow this year, and see new boats and interesting boating products. Get good prices on the acessories you stock up on each year, learn something new about boating in your area from a Sea Tow Captain, or tour that new boat you've been eyeing up. Sea Tow will be at the following, upcoming boat shows:


Sea Tow Launches Online Store

Show your Sea Tow pride with Sea Tow hats, visors, shirts, tote and cooler bags, mugs and more! Follow the "Merchandise" link at seatow.com and shop until you drop.


Need to Upate Your Account?

Send us an e-mail! Include your name, member number and the information you need to change (new boat, address or billing information, etc.).

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Sea Tow Membership FAQ

"Will you still go get boaters that break down in Bimini, Bahamas, Monday thru Friday, as you did before?"
Yes! Sea Tow provides Bahamas coverage. If you need a tow from a safeport in the Bahamas to the United States, contact a southeast Florida Sea Tow office (Palm Beach to Miami), or our 24-hour Customer Service Center (800-4SEATOW), to schedule a weekday tow. If you need assistance on the weekend, contact us and we will assist in getting you to a safe port in the Bahamas and then work with you to coordinate the trip back to the United States.

Service to and from the Bahamas will normally originate from and arrive at specific ports. Both vessels and all individuals must clear U.S. Customs & Immigrations, as appropriate, and the costs associated with that process is the responsibility of the member. The member must be aboard the boat during the tow and the Sea Tow Captain will determine the safest time to make the voyage.

In lieu of towing, Sea Tow may fly parts and/or personnel to the Bahamas in order to fix the boat. In rare situations, Sea Tow members can be reimbursed for the vessel to be shipped by freight back to the United States. Sea Tow will pay freight charges up to $5,000, however, the member must handle all other fees and the shipping arrangements.

If you’re traveling beyond the Bahamas, don’t fret! Your Sea Tow membership benefits include Universal Towing Coverage (excluding the Lake Card). This benefit provides reimbursement for services rendered in international and domestic waters that are not yet served by a Sea Tow franchise. If you need help in either scenario, just call 800-4SEATOW and we’ll assist in arranging for a local provider to help you. If the service provided is covered by a Sea Tow membership, we’ll reimburse your bill at rates up to $225 per hour ($5,000 maximum per incident) as long as the assistance was pre-arranged. See the Membership Agreement for complete details.

Each season, membership experts across the Sea Tow network field a host of questions from boaters who want to better understand the benefits of Sea Tow membership. If you have a question you’d like answered, e-mail it to editors@seatow.com, referencing the Sea News Membership FAQ.

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Boating News

Beneteau, MasterCraft, Navionics & Others Win Innovation Awards
As the nation's largest boat show, many companies showcase new and innovative products at the Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail. The most progressive products are presented with the National Marine Manufacturer's Association's annual Innovation Awards, which honor innovative achievement. This year's 2011 winners include:

Chapparel's 327 SSX Bow Rider | BRP's Sea-Doo GTI SE 130 Watercraft | Beneteau's Sense Series Sailboats

Simrad's BSM-2 Broadband Sounder | B&G's Zeus Sailing Navigation System | Seldén's Seldén Reversible Winch

Mastercraft Zero Flex Tower 5P | Suzuki's DF 40A/50A engines | Lake Lite's Solar Powered Illuminating Buoys

Navionics Mobile iPhone Marine & Lakes Mobile App with user overlay

Click here for the full press release.


Sea Tow New Orleans Visits With Fishing Legends

The 41st Annual Bassmaster Classic returned to New Orleans in February, welcoming more than 50 of the world’s best bass anglers to the bayou. Sea Tow New Orleans owner Capt. Christian Orfanello joined the celebrations at the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo and promoted Sea Tow's Where the Fish Are Biting fishing reports with a cooler of freshly caught speckled trout and flounder. The fish caught the attention of Manabu Kurita, who shares the IGFA world record for the biggest largemouth bass ever caught and recently joined the Yamaha/Skeeter professional angler team. Capt. Orfanello also visited with fishing legends Ish Monroe, Denny Brauer and others.

Bassmaster Classic
Yamaha/Skeeter fishing pro, Manabu Kurita
speckled trout, flounder

Bassmaster Classic
Pro angler Ish Monroe


Fishing legend Denny Brauer

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