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Old 08 July 2011, 17:01   #11
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I give a price up front and they have a choice, if they call the lifeboat it could cost them more if it is non life threatening.QUOTE]

Have the RNLI started charging for towing?
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Old 08 July 2011, 19:08   #12
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I was under the impression that the RNLI do not charge for a tow, rather rely on a voluntary donation. This is one of the problems for commercial operators when they raise the issue of cost, a lot of people will wait for a freebie.
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In my experience the decision is made by the Coastguard receiving the call, if there is an alternative to a lifeboat and it seems appropriate then they might offer a commercial tow.

Or as Erin said, put out an all ships request for a good samaritan.

Here though it is either the lifeboat, or the pilot boat skippered by a lifeboat crewman. Commercial tows would never be considered.
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Here though it is either the lifeboat, or the pilot boat skippered by a lifeboat crewman. Commercial tows would never be considered.
Why is that? Is it because the punter's wouldn't pay up or is it just assumed that you are not up to the job? I can't see why a really professional towing set up would be less attractive to the CG than the lifeboat. Obviously you would want to build up that relationship that they felt confident calling you out. Personally I'd rather pay a pro than have the embarrassment of a lifeboat for something trivial - I guess that is the whole raison d'etre for Sea Start; although they also offer some simple repairs.

I'd have though a first port of call would be Sea Start to see how their "partnerships" work, like Ian Austins. That way you have all the numpties from the solent as potential towees!

There was a post from a towing operation up this way not so long ago which got quarantined whilst the OP was referred to the trade membership page - but I'll see if I can find his username for you later this eve. He is a totally independent commercial operation as I understand it.
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There was a post from a towing operation up this way not so long ago which got quarantined whilst the OP was referred to the trade membership page - but I'll see if I can find his username for you later this eve. He is a totally independent commercial operation as I understand it.
Username is CSR - who are Clyde Sea Recovery: Clyde Sea Recovery - Home - Clyde Sea Recovery Marine Breakdown Assistance Lorn Campbell
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Why is that? Is it because the punter's wouldn't pay up or is it just assumed that you are not up to the job?
The local Coasties consider the seas around the island to be too tricky for anything less than an all weather lifeboat, we do not even have an ILB any more.

Thanks for the link

Edit: 350 pounds for unlimited callouts or 150 an hour for non members, interesting!
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The local Coasties consider the seas around the island to be too tricky for anything less than an all weather lifeboat, we do not even have an ILB any more.
Ah I see, in that case (and I guess many of the likely towees are reasonable sized yachts?) then you probably want to discuss the spec for a boat with the CG before buying. Perhaps an 11m Redbay or Parker cabin rib suitably equipped with big gutsy diesels would tickle their fancy (although you might need to do a lot of towing to pay for it!). Alternatively do they see enough "silly" issues e.g. out of fuel, delivery of diver to fouled prop etc that there is a niche for you in the "non-towing" work?
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Ah I see, in that case (and I guess many of the likely towees are reasonable sized yachts?) then you probably want to discuss the spec for a boat with the CG before buying.
Na, they have good reasons for limiting things to the big boats and as you say no one is going to want an on-call cost to suit. My question really relates to the other islands, but more tow businesses in general.
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Old 23 July 2011, 04:16   #19
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Hurricane 1400

My boat was designed as a SAR vessel for the Canadian CCG, small craft towing was a part of the SAR duties. Log onto

Canadian Coast Guard SAR Station Port Weller stands watch over Western Lake Ontario and view the two towing posts

Since purchasing the vessel (2 years back) she has been laid up. I work overseas and find it difficult to run the vessel and concentrate on my work, but I'm due to start a contract 28day's on and 28 day's leave....this situation will give me more opportunity for the commercial side of things.

Dave Rogers of (Ambient Marine 07989410555) has been looking after the vessel and there has been many improvements made since having the vessel in our possession. (Dave specialises in Electronics etc.)
We are fortunate to have a spare tube for the boat, which is with Chris Chadwick of SIT for refurbishment





The tube weighs nearly a tonne and there are not many companies around that could deal with the load!

So if you want a vessel for towing, then you should contact Dave Rogers.
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Hi all,

I must say that I am surprised at the lack of options to having a boat towed. I need my boat towed from Chichester to port solent,and have been ringing around for weeks trying to find somebody to do that work. Pretty desperate for that as well, as Chichester harbour have informed me they are about to start charging me an exorbitant amount of money if I don't get the boat moved soon.

Spoke with Frank of Hayling rescue and he informed me that he is "booked for the next two years"

So surprised, I am in fact considering if towing would be a viable business to get into.

In the meantime, if anybody around wants to make some good quick cash....
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