The sound was great yesterday, lots of boats out. Maybe due to the start of the year, there were a lot of requests for attention. I could have come back with three boats in tow Saturday afternoon. One boat flagged me down in Colross Passage passage requesting a tow back to Whittier. I would tow him into an anchorage, assist with tools or give a ride back to Whittier, but I was not willing to tow back to Whittier. He ended up getting a hold of a friend, so he did not need assistance from me. My wife thought I should tow him back, but I did not feel comfortable with that for several reasons:
1. Load on my motor - This is something that they told me that I had to watch, and that if I 'overprop' this would cause damage to my motor. I assume that if I tried to pull someone on step, that this would be what I would be doing.
2. Fuel Burn - I assume that I would go through a lot of fuel doing this, even if at a slow speed. I am not sure about this but assume this is the case.
3. Time - I assume it would be an all day event to get back with a boat in tow. I have young children that were already getting ready to get off the boat, and I don't want to make it where they don't want to go out.
I took the coast guard class some years ago, and I know the rules regarding priorities of lending assistance - if someone has these, it would be good to repost them on this thread.
So the point of this post (which may get lost) is that I am looking for input on towing. I think there are several 'for hire' towing services out of Whittier, is that correct? At what speed would it be possible to tow a boat back without excessive fuel burn or risk of damage to my motor? Have others here offered tows back, and what was your experience as far as time, fuel, etc. in this process?