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- Posts: 161
- Joined: Sat Oct 06, 2012 9:19 pm
- Your Vessel Info: 1989 Viking ACMY 44 ft
Twin DD 671TIB engines.
- Location: Jacksonville, FL
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I recently cruised to Jacksonville for an US Power Squadron event held at Metropolitan Park Marina in Jacksonville, FL. This marina is adjacent to Everbank Field, close to The Landing and downtown. "Metro Park" is a nice small marina for such events, expecially the Jaguars games. It is known for tricky entrance and exit because of the strong St Johns RIver currents.
Long story short...........all the boats were leaving Sunday morning when I experienced a no-start situation on my starboard engine. All of my tests and diagnostics suggested that the actual starter had failed. I never thought I would be able to get any help on a Sunday, but, since I always opt for the "gold card" towing plan, I called the Boat US number. The contractor base in Daytona was very friendly and helpful and I instantly had a Jacksonville number to contact. The towboat Captain was also friendly and helpful and as soon as he verified my membership status, he told me he would arrive in about 1.5 hours, coming from Jacksonville Beach. My friends from the Jacksonville Power Squadron remained to help if needed, a gesture which I appreciated very much.
He was there in that time frame, and secured his boat next to mine. We met, talked, planned and established a handheld radio contact and other signals; in other words........a plan of action and "what ifs" I was pleased and confident. The tow to Lamb's Yacht Center on the Ortega RIver. I think the whole tow took less than 2 hours and I was soon docked at Lambs Yacht Center, who had been notified and were waiting with my friends.
And yes, the tow was free, as listed in the membership.
I hear, or read many people complain about the tow service by Boat US but I give them a "Well Done" and I recommend this membership to anyone venturing into the world of boating and cruising.
Repairs completed, I plan to cruise for home Monday morning....... Safety First.
- Posts: 1086
- Joined: Mon Oct 08, 2012 2:01 pm
- Your Vessel Info: Morgan Out Island 41
- Location: Lived Aboard 45 Years,- now on a chair in my walk-in closet!
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Hey, If you see Capt Charlie, tell him that I drank all the beer that I had allotted for him while sitting in Lillian's tonight watching football!
- Posts: 779
- Joined: Wed Jan 02, 2013 9:09 am
- Your Vessel Info: We live on a 40ft 1986 Birchwood TS37 which has been updated twin 260hp Yanmar diesels. Semi displacement shallow keel, 15kts cruise, 20kts WOT.
- Location: Island harbour, Cowes, Isle of Wght, UK
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