A Dispatch To Safety
’d like to express my sincere gratitude to John Middleton, the
TowBoatU.S. agent who assisted me with my tow and rescue. On
December 17th, my 53rd birthday, I crossed the Gulf Stream from
After several failed attempts to restart the engine, I decided to try to
get in touch with TowBoatU.S. I was about 10 miles offshore from Grand
Bahamas, drifting in 3,000 feet of water. Fortunately, I had a working
satellite phone and a working Bahamas phone, as well as a U.S. phone.
I could not make a toll-free call with either one of my cell phones, and
didn’t want to wait for the satellites to come back over, so I called my wife
and had her call TowBoatU.S. to have someone call me directly.
John Middleton was the person who called me. The first thing he
asked me was if I was safe. That was VERY comforting. He quickly gave
me a toll number so I could call him back. He arranged a tow and called
me several times to update me with the status. John did an AWESOME
job and I can’t sing his praises or TowBoatU.S.’s praises enough.
I consider myself to be a safe boater and I prepare for the worst. I had
all my normal safety equipment onboard plus five GPS receivers, two VHF
radios, two cell phones, and one satellite phone, as well as an inflatable
boat. I still needed a tow and was very, very grateful that when all of my
preparation met Murphy’s Law, you were there for me! — Rick Smith
Tournament Anglers “Weigh-to-Win” Cash
The new Weigh-to-Win program will pay cash to the highest-placing registered BoatU.S. or BoatU.S. ANGLER Member, in
most B.A.S.S., FLW, and PAA events! All you have to do is have
a current BoatU.S. or BoatU.S. ANGLER Membership with
Unlimited Road or Water Towing service, and register on the
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well in a single tournament could win a $150 - $1,500 cash
bonus! Call 877-584-BOAT to learn more about this exciting new
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Update Your Information And Go Green
As responsible boaters we try to be good stewards of the
environment by maintaining our boat and engine, recycling monofilament fishing line, using and recycling biodegradable cleaning
products, and preventing fuel spills, to name a few. By providing
us with your e-mail address, we can communicate with you more
efficiently about BoatU.S. news, and other boating and fishing
information that may impact your boat and the time you spend
on the water. Equally important, it helps us reduce the amount of
paper we use in talking with you! Update your Membership infor-
mation and e-mail address at www.BoatUS.com/update. While
you’re there, sign up to receive electronic communications such
as BoatU.S. Magazine and your BoatU.S. renewal.
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BoatU.S. Insurance: New Policy Coverages
Optional Watersports Package: Get better protection for
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Increased Medical limits (now $5,000 per incident) for your boating related injuries, Automatic Tournament Coverage, and Entry
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Optional Premier Value Package: Why pay the per-coverage
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you in one convenient package. Enjoy Increased Medical Limits
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effects carried aboard your boat, Ice & Freezing coverage, and a
Depreciation Waiver for boats aged 10 years and under.
Visit us online anytime at BoatUS.com/Insurance for a free
rate quote or to learn more about these great new coverages.
Or call 1-800-283-2883 for personal service.