Last summer I was fishing at night with my dad Jake, when my boat's throttle cable suddenly parted. I could move the boat in reverse, but it was impossible to motor forward.
The idea of motoring in reverse, all the way home through Cape Cod Bay, and into the East End of the Cape Cod Canal, was simply not going to happen.
It was still dark with about an hour to go before false dawn when I called captain Shawn Brule of TowBoatUS Cape Cod/Plymouth. To my surprise Shawn was already up and wide awake!
TowBoat was living up to their promise of 24/7 service. I told Shawn to take his time and not rush, as late summer sea conditions on Cape Cod Bay were picture perfect. Nevertheless, Shawn arrived on scene just a few minutes after sunrise.
I waved goodbye to my friends who were fishing in another boat nearby, and readied myself for all the looks I expected to receive from the other curious boaters and anglers fishing nearby.
Getting towed in may be slightly embarrassing, but I certainly feel much safer having Shawn or another captain from TowBoatUS Cape Cod/Plymouth running the show.
I have performed my own tows on broken down boaters, and I have also been towed back to port by my friends. Fortunately all those tows went for the most part, smoothly. However it does not take much for a tow to turn ugly (especially in inclement weather) so whenever possible I like to call in the pros.
If you are unfamiliar with how TowBoatUS works, then I recommend watching the video below. I recorded my entire experience getting towed back to port by captain Shawn, so this video will give you a great idea of what to expect should you find yourself in a similar situation.
Please click play below to watch!
For more information about TowBoatUS Cape Cod/Plymouth and their services, please visit their website.
I’m fortunate to have grown up on the beach, and I’ve been fishing since kindergarten. I have great family, friends and fishing experiences to be thankful for. Just being out there is enough-catching fish is just a bonus!