If you do find yourself dead in the water.  Up a creek without a paddle so to speak.  Do not worry, there is hope.  I have listed below several ways to contact Tow Boat US for assistance.

  • Hail “TowBoatUS” or “VESSEL ASSIST” on VHF Channel 16 – for Towing Assistance key your VHF mic and say “TowBoatUS, TowBoatUS, this is vessel (your boat’s name here) hailing TowBoatUS”. Wait two minutes, if there is no response, try again.
  • Contact TowBoatUS or VESSEL ASSIST directly by cell phone – Use your cell phone to call the closest TowBoatUS/VESSEL ASSIST Company
  • Call the BoatUS 24-Hour National Dispatch Center: 800-391-4869 – Via wireless phone or Coast Guard VHF relay. Be prepared to give your cell phone number to the Dispatcher so the Tower can contact you. The dispatch crew will conference call you to the closest resource and make sure you are taken care of.
  • Contact BoatUS 24-Hour Dispatch – Via Towing Services App Available on both Android and iPhone/iPad devices. The BoatUS Towing App allows you to stay connected while out on the water. One push of a button connects you to the nation’s largest network of on-water towers with over 300 ports nationwide. The app is FREE for all boaters! Download it today!
  • Contact BoatUS using your DeLorme inReach – With a push of a button on your inReach unit, your Membership and GPS location will be transmitted to the BoatUS 24-hour Towing Dispatch Center allowing BoatUS to dispatch assistance to your location. Click here to learn more.
  • Use your SPOT Assist Maritime – Summoning BoatUS Towing is as easy as pressing a button. If you dont already have a SPOT click here for more information.

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