Coming Undone On The Road To Nowhere
At 3 a.m. on Saturday, July 31, 2010, while trailering my 21-foot
Everglades on a 150-mile trip, I needed assistance. I was basically in the
middle of nowhere in Delaware. I saw a deer on the road and when I
applied the brakes, I heard a bang back by the trailer. I pulled over and
discovered that the winch post had broken and the boat had slid forward
about three inches, so far that the rear rollers were way past the transom
and sticking up in the air. Fortunately the boat stopped with the forward
set of rear rollers still under the transom.
My call to Trailer Assist at 3: 30 a.m. got an instant answer and the
operator connected me in a three-way conversation with a service provider. Within half an hour, the tow truck was at my side. After evaluating
the situation, we decided to support the bottom of the boat with a board
and use a rolling floor jack to raise the boat.
Then, using the tow vehicle’s winch, we pulled the boat back into
position on the trailer. Using my rear tie-down straps to go from the back
of the trailer frame to the bow eye, and several dock lines to secure the
boat to the front of the trailer, we were back on the road.
We had to cancel our fishing trip and take the boat straight home as
there was no way to winch the boat back on the trailer after we launched
it. But your immediate service and knowledgeable dispatcher sure made
a stressful situation a lot easier!
— Henry Troutner
Peach Bottom, PA
Holiday Travel Made Easy With Car Rental Discounts
Planning holiday travel to visit friends and family? Let
BoatU.S. member rates with Avis, Budget, and Hertz keep more
money in your pocket and get you on the road in style and com-
fort. Discounts even apply to local promotional rates so mention
these codes when making a reservation:
AVIS 1-800-225-7094 .................... AWD# A637200
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Hertz 1-800-654-2200 ................... CDP1D #13769
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BoatU.S. member discounts on Star Clippers cruises, charters, and
hotels, visit www.BoatUS.com/Travel.
Keep In Touch With BoatU.S.
Make every day you spend on the water better with your
BoatU.S. membership. While you’re out enjoying your boat,
we’re working for you, staying on top of important issues that
To see all our services or renew online, visit us at
www.BoatUS.com/Membership or call us at 800-395-2628.
Towing Dispatch: 800-391-4869
Marina Discounts: www.BoatUS.com/MSL
Boat Lettering and Graphics: www.BoatUS.com/boatgraphics
Cruise With The President (Ours, That Is!)
Don’t forget! BoatU.S. members have a unique opportunity
in February to share an adventure on the high seas with BoatU.S.
President Nancy Michelman and go sailing with fellow BoatU.S.
members. The itinerary is the exquisite Treasure Islands in the
Caribbean for seven days, departing February 26 from St. Maarten,
with stops in Anguilla, Virgin Gorda, Norman Island, and Jost
Van Dyke in the B.V.I., plus St. Kitts and St. Barts, returning to
St. Maarten. Michelman will host a special members-only party.
Members save 50 percent on this one-of-a-kind trip! Call Star
Clippers, 800-477-4427 (press 1), and ask for the BoatU.S. desk.
New BoatU.S. Towing Locations
The country’s largest on-the-water boat-towing program con-
tinues to expand with the addition of 10 new port locations this
year. As with all TowBoatU.S. and Vessel Assist service providers,
these towing companies stand ready to assist BoatU.S. members
24/7 during the boating season:
TowBoatU.S. Harris Lake, FL
TowBoatU.S. Nickajack Lake, TN
TowBoatU.S. Lake Richard B. Russell, GA
TowBoatU.S. St. Charles, MO
TowBoatU.S. Oswego, NY
TowBoatU.S. Raystown Lake, PA
TowBoatU.S. Provincetown, MA
TowBoatU.S. Port Austin, MI
TowBoatU.S. Rochester, NY
L&G Marine Services, Lake Anna, VA
For more information on the BoatU.S. towing program, visit