Sea Tow 30th anniversary project boat: The ultimate rescue vessel

SOUTHOLD, N.Y. –  Sea Tow Services International, Inc., the nation’s leading marine assistance provider, is delighted to announce the successful completion of its 30th Anniversary Boat Building Project, part of the organization’s celebration of its three decades of service to the boating public. Sea Tow Treasure Coast franchise owner Capt. Ryan Pratt and his team built the custom 24-foot marine assistance RHIB up from a U.S. Navy surplus Willard 730 hull, equipping it with the latest in innovative marine propulsion, electronics, accessories, and safety equipment.

This Ultimate Rescue Vessel boat will be on display at the Miami International Boat Show, February 13-17, 2014. SeaStar Solutions, which provided the project boat’s cutting-edge Optimus 360 steering system, will feature the Sea Tow RHIB in its display at the boat show’s in-water Sea Isle Marina location, Slips 223, 225, 226 and 228. Demo rides in the Sea Tow Boat will be available by appointment throughout the show.

Sea Tow 30th Anniversary Project Boat

In addition, Sea Tow Services International, Inc. and Bimini Sands Resort & Marina are offering an exciting overnight trip to the Bahamas in the  Project Boat as part of Sea Tow’s 2014 Miami International Boat Show Raffle. This exclusive prize is a round-trip ride from South Florida to Bimini in the Bahamas and an overnight stay in one of Bimini Sands’ waterfront condos, with all resort meals included. Anyone who purchases or renews their Sea Tow Membership during the boat show at the Sea Tow Booth J-74 in the Miami Beach Convention Center will be entered in the raffle and eligible to win the Bahamas trip prize.

In addition to SeaStar Solutions, sponsors contributing high-tech systems and equipment to the Sea Tow 30th Anniversary Boat Building Project include: ACR (EPIRB & searchlight), Blue Sea Systems (electrical components), CPI Marine (tubes), David Clark (wireless intercom), FLIR (thermal camera), Magic Tilt Trailers (custom trailer), Marine Propulsion Technologies (multiple-port venturi nozzles system), Marine Rescue Technology (EPIRB detection & tracking), Mercury Marine (twin 150-hp Mercury FourStroke outboards), Rigid Industries (LED lighting), SIMRAD (sonar, radar, autopilot with iPhone control), Shockwave (shock-mitigation console and seating system), and WaveJet (self-propelled rescue board). For more details, please see the attached Fact Sheet.

“After operating the boat for the past several months since the project’s completion, we are thrilled with its performance and with the way that all the innovative systems and equipment we installed on board have improved the boat’s operation and handling,” said Capt. Pratt. “In particular, the SeaStar Optimus 360 hydraulic steering and joystick control have made the boat highly maneuverable, which is an important asset as we provide on-water assistance to our members and other boaters on Florida’s Treasure Coast.

Capt. Pratt added that he hopes some of the advanced equipment installed on the 24-foot RHIB will “trickle down” to the boating public. “We are looking forward to displaying the boat and its innovative components at the Miami International Boat Show. Look for the yellow RIB at Sea Isle Marina.”

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