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The Sea Tow Foundation Has a New Online Store

Posted By Gail Kulp, Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The Sea Tow Foundation Has a New Online Store

The Sea Tow Foundation is excited to announce the launch of our new online store! We’ve made it even easier for you to find and order your boating safety materials any time of the day or night.

.The new online store is divided into three sections:

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.Beacon Rental

Please note that our beacon rental program has ended as of January 1, 2020

If you are interested in renting an EPIRB or a PLB for an upcoming boating trip, this is the place for you. Not sure what EPIRB and PLB stand for or which one you should rent? Check out our recent article to answer those questions and much more!

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Program Supplies

Materials related to our Life Jacket Loaner Program and our Sober Skipper program can be found here. This includes signage, banners, brochures, stickers, stencils and more! You’ll also find that many items are listed as $0 because their production and shipping costs were funded through our U.S. Coast Guard grants for these programs.

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Print Materials

The Sea Tow Foundation’s printed materials can be found in this section of the online store and includes pre-printed materials as well as free downloadable content that you can print locally. One of our most popular items is the Boating with Tow Bee activity book for children based on the popular mascot of Tow Bee’s Boating Safety Tips. It is sold in packs of 100 so that you can use it with school groups, community groups or at boat shows.

Take a moment to browse the store and check out everything we offer. If you would like to see something new added to our store, let us know in the comments section below.

Tags:  2019-20  Beacon Rental  Life Jacket Loaner Station Grant  Sober Skipper  Tow Bee 

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Tow Bee Boating Safety Tips: Choose the Right Fuel for Your Boat!

Posted By Michael Wesolowski, Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2020

Tow Bee Boating Safety Tips: Choose the Right Fuel for Your Boat!

Do you ever pull up to the fuel dock and wonder to yourself what all those numbers mean? Much like your car or truck, your boat has specific needs when it comes to fuel. While your typical fuel pump at the gas station down the street has options for Regular, Mid-Grade and Premium gasoline for your car, the pump down at the local marina is a bit different.

These days, nearly all gas, whether it’s for your car, truck or boat, contains a chemical called ethanol. When mixed with gasoline, these ethanol blends help to reduce carbon emissions and limit environmental impact caused by traditional fuel. In fact, they are often sold for Flexible Fuel Vehicles (FFV).

The problem comes when introducing ethanol into marine engines in boats. When ethanol comes into contact with water, it will create a corrosive mix that can harm the boat’s engine, which could leave you stranded in the middle of your favorite waterway.

While some areas around the country may still have access to the ethanol-free gasoline that was the norm decades ago, most will have some sort of blend. Keeping the ethanol content at or below 10% is critical when purchasing fuel for your boat.

For example, gas sold as E15 has 15% ethanol whereas E85 is 85% ethanol, so both of these options would provide too much ethanol for your boat’s engine. E10 fuel is right at the 10% mark and would work on most gasoline boat engines, but it is important to check with your boat and engine manufacturer to be sure.

The next time you pull up to the fuel dock, remember to use either an ethanol-free gasoline or an E10 blend in your boat. Making sure you use the correct fuel will save you the headache of having to call your local Sea Tow captain for a tow when your boat’s engine stops working and it will also save you thousands of dollars to repair or replace a damaged motor.

 

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Tags:  E15  E85  Ethanol  FFV  Fuel  Tow Bee  Tow Bee Boating Safety Tips  Tow Bee Safety Tips 

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Tow Bee Safety Tip: Check Weather Forecast Before Each Outing!

Posted By Michael Wesolowski, Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2020

Tow Bee Safety Tip: Check Weather Forecast Before Each Outing!

A beautiful morning on the water can quickly turn into a windy, stormy afternoon. This is why it is important to check the weather forecast before you head out on the water. You can check the marine forecast for your area as well as access the Weather Channel on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Marine Forecasts page.

It is also important to continue checking the weather while you are out on the water. You should keep an eye out for changes in wind direction and/or wind speed. And you can also watch for the buildup of dark clouds, especially in the western sky..

If you have a VHF radio, you can tune to the weather channel frequency. Broadcasts of local and coastal marine forecasts run on a continuous cycle from the National Weather Service. Tidal information and real time observations from buoys are also included.

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For additional boating safety tips throughout the various seasons, check out our blog posts linked below:

Fall

Winter

Spring  

Summer 

Hurricane Season   

 

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Tags:  National Weather Service  NOAA  Tow Bee  Tow Bee Boating Safety Tips  Tow Bee Safety Tips  VHF Radio  Weather 

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Tow Bee Safety Tip: Carbon Monoxide Can Be Deadly!

Posted By Michael Wesolowski, Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2020

 

Tow Bee Safety Tip: Carbon Monoxide Can Be Deadly!

Carbon monoxide (also known as CO) is a tasteless, colorless, odorless gas that is emitted by engines. In open areas, CO is usually dispersed into the air and there are no problems. However, a situation known as the station wagon effect, which involves the wind carrying the exhaust back into the boat, could mean that the boat’s passengers are being affected by the CO. Another way to become overexposed to CO is by playing in the water near the back of the boat while the engine is idling.

When a person is suffering from CO exposure, the person will likely feel light headed, nauseous, weak and complain of a headache. All of these are also symptoms of someone suffering from the flu, food poisoning or sea sickness however the symptoms should be taken seriously. Over exposure to CO can lead to unconsciousness, death or brain damage. To treat the person, move her to an open area with fresh air and turn off the boat’s engine while you assess her condition. If she doesn’t improve or other people begin to feel ill, call for help on your VHF radio or cell phone and get them to a medical facility as soon as possible.

Tags:  Carbon monoxide  Tow Bee  Tow Bee Boating Safety Tips 

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