Sea Tow Announces 30th Anniversary Boat Building Project
SOUTHOLD, NY – August 20, 2013 – Sea Tow Services International, Inc. proudly announces the Sea Tow 30th Anniversary Boat Building Project, taking place this summer at its Sea Tow Treasure Coast location in Jensen Beach, Florida.
Sea Tow’s marine assistance vessels, which boaters know by their trademark yellow hulls, face constant wear and tear while responding to boaters caught in all kinds of weather conditions, as well as during towing and salvage operations. These boats must be rugged, durable, fast, and efficient in order to provide the superior on-water assistance that Sea Tow members and other boaters expect. All boats utilized by Sea Tow locations across the country are purpose-built for everyday challenges. However, Capt. Ryan Pratt of Sea Tow Treasure Coast, is building his own custom 24-foot Sea Tow vessel at his Jensen Beach, Fla., facility.
Sea Tow Treasure Coast's Willard 730
“I build out every one of my boats myself, with the help of my team; I like to have control of the process and understand all the systems of the boat. This is the fifth one we’ve done,” said Pratt, “Equally important, the project allows us to outfit the boat with the very latest equipment and electronics from a wide variety of marine manufacturers, as well as innovations that we have developed over the years.”
More than a dozen sponsors are providing cutting edge accessories and equipment, including Mercury Marine
(twin 150 FourStroke outboards), CPI Marine
(tubes), SeaStar Solutions
(hydraulic steering/Optimus 360 joystick control), SIMRAD
(Structure Scan sonar, Broadband 4G radar, autopilot with iPhone control), Bluesea Systems
(electrical components), FLIR
(thermal imaging), Shockwave
(shock-mitigation system), Marine Rescue Technology
(406 EPIRB detection & tracking), Rigid Industries
(LED lighting), Novabraid
(dock and tow lines), Magic Tilt Trailers
(custom aluminum tandem torsion axle trailer), David & Clark
(wireless communication headsets), Marine Propulsion Technologies
(multiple nozzle venture system), and WaveJet
The project boat is based on a Willard 730 fiberglass hull manufactured by Willard Marine of Anaheim, Calif., which builds RIBs (Rigid Inflatable Boats) for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard. “These hulls are designed to handle rough seas and waves. They are maneuverable, strong, and perform well,” Pratt said.
Please see the Fact Sheet below for more details on the boat’s innovative features and equipment. Follow the progress of the build at boatbuild.seatow.com/
Inside Length: 19' 4"
Beam (max): 9'
Inside Beam: 64"
Draft (light): 16"
Draft (loaded): 22"
Tube Diameter: 22"
Fuel Capacity: 150 gals.
Power: 2x 150-hp Mercury FourStroke
Innovative equipment and systems featured on the Sea Tow vessel will include:
Mercury 150 FourStroke outboards. The lightest 150-hp outboards in the world, they will give the Sea Tow boat speeds of up to 42 knots, combined with excellent fuel efficiency.
CPI Marine tubes. These mil-spec tubes will extend the vessel’s beam by 32 inches, adding stability under way as well as forming a protective collar.
Optimus 360 by SeaStar. This joystick steering system will provide 360-degree maneuvering capabilities when coming alongside a vessel in distress, docking, and in other low-speed situations. The system’s SmartCylinders and actuators allow the driver to steer each of the outboards independently using the joystick control.
Shockwave ICE2 Shock Mitigation System. The center console seating unit is suspended 12 inches off the deck. There is shock mitigation on three different axes. “The distance from your arm to the throttle always remains the same,” Pratt explains. “It’s new technology; as far as I know, the system has only been installed twice before in North America.”
Multiple Nozzle Venturi System. Installed around the propellers, this system by Marine Propulsion Technologies will improve the vessel’s operating performance, maneuverability and stability.
Mercury LED Lighting Panel. Mounted on the boat’s transom, this panel uses different colored lights to alert swimmers in the water of the status of the motors – whether they are in neutral or in gear.
Sea Tow 30th Anniversary Boat Building Project Sponsors:
Marine Propulsion Technologies
For more information, please visit boatbuild.seatow.com/.
About Sea Tow Treasure Coast
Sea Tow Treasure Coast is co-owned by Capt. Ryan Pratt and his partner, Capt. Sammy Royal. Located in the Rio section of Jensen Beach, Florida, Sea Tow Treasure Coast serves boaters on Florida’s Atlantic Coast and the Indian and St. Lucie rivers from Vero Beach south to Hobe Sound. In addition to providing the full menu of on-water services for members and non-members, including towing, jump starts, fuel drops and ungroundings, the Sea Tow Treasure Coast team of U.S. Coast Guard-licensed Captains are expert small boat handlers and salvors with years of experience and a fleet of boats standing by. For more information, call: 772-225-3144 or visit www.treasurecoast.seatow.com.
About Sea Tow
Now celebrating its 30th anniversary year, Sea Tow Services International Inc. is the nation's leading on-water assistance provider. Established in 1983 by Founder & CEO Capt. Joe Frohnhoefer, Sea Tow now serves members in more than 100 locations throughout the United States, Europe, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. For a full list of membership benefits, how to become a Sea Tow member, or to inquire about becoming a Sea Tow franchise owner, please visit seatow.com.
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