On April 1st of 2011 I started a series titled “Can Your Smart Phone Make You a Better Boater.” In the first part of the series I introduced the FREE BoatUS Towing App. My thought about all the “apps” that I introduced in that series what “Hmmm…that’s interesting.” However, since I don’t own a smartphone (mine is just one step up from the kind that used to hang on the wall that you had to crank before you could make it work) I couldn’t really appreciate the amount of assistance that these innovations might provide.
Well recently (yesterday) my wife, who is quite the techie, purchased a Galaxy Tablet that has the ability to download and use many of the apps mentioned in the series. Coincidently, I received a press release from BoatUS about a realtime incident in which the Towing App was responsible to saving the day for a couple of errant boaters.
BoatUS Press Release: It was every boater’s bad ending to the weekend. On a late Sunday afternoon two weeks ago, a 21-foot bowrider with two persons aboard broke down on a foggy bay off the New Jersey coast. Unfortunately, the small vessel did not have a VHF radio or a chart plotter showing their precise location. But the captain and mate did have a cell phone with them, so they called the BoatUS Towing Services 24-hour dispatch center for assistance (800-391-4869).