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TowBoatUS and Being Prepared For Your Trip

By BCarson - Published August 16, 2011 - Viewed 902 times

I just returned from 9 days in Southern California where I covered more than 300 miles by power boat witnessing some of the most spectacular coastline one can imagine. The water was super blue, really deep and the strong winds and ground swells kept the ride interesting. During my travels I made calls in San Diego, Oceanside, Dana Point, Newport Beach, Long Beach, Seal Beach, Marina del Ray, Twin Harbors and Avalon.

Combine the fabulous Southern California weather with the scenery and wow was it awesome. There was some fog a few times but the well equipped vessel, paired with my very able Captain Max, had no problems with navigation. Max knows that just because he “see’s water” does not mean he can go there. The Simrad equipment and Navionics cartography made it easy and safe.

I have to admit before the start of my extensive coastal travels I had no real perception for the magnitude of three things….our Marine Police, USCG and Tow BoatUS. We take for granted the role that all of these play in protecting lives and property.
 
The USA has over 12,000 miles of coastline and over 88,000 miles of shoreline, and these numbers do not reflect any of the freshwater. Bottom line, these three groups have their work cut out for them.
 
Let’s all help them out by doing our homework before hitting the waterways, having the items required for safety, knowing our vessel, investing in the appropriate electronics and cartography and, most importantly, by filing a float plan. Let a friend know when you're departing, what your planned route is, and when you plan to arrive. Make a plan to text, email or call that person to confirm arrival. Add a Spot and EPEIRB for the trip…be safe and enjoy the ride…make sure you have a fishing pole too……<”)))><
 
Tight Lines…Bill Carson




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