Sea Tow operator plans custom towboatPosted on Written by Michael LaBella
Sea Tow Services International is holding a 30th Anniversary Boat Building Project this summer at the Sea Tow Treasure Coast location in Jensen Beach, Fla.
Capt. Ryan Pratt of Sea Tow Treasure Coast is building his own custom 24-foot Sea Tow vessel at his facility.
“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,” Pratt said in a statement. “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.”
The project boat is based on a Willard 730 fiberglass hull manufactured by Willard Marine of Anaheim, Calif., which builds RIBs for the Navy and Coast Guard. “These hulls are designed to handle rough seas and waves. They are maneuverable, strong, and perform well,” Pratt said.
More than a dozen sponsors are providing accessories and equipment, including Mercury Marine (twin 150-hp FourStroke outboards); CPI Marine (tubes); SeaStar Solutions (hydraulic steering/Optimus 360 joystick control); Simrad (Structure Scan sonar, broadband 4G radar, autopilot with iPhone control); Blue Sea Systems (electrical components); FLIR (thermal imaging); Shockwave (shock-mitigation system); Marine Rescue Technology (406 EPIRB detection and 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 (self-propelled surfboard).