Tossing a towline to a disabled boat and bringing it back safely to the launch ramp is a time honored act of kindness that recreational boaters have always done for each other.
But what happens if the Good Samaritan tossing the line decides to charge for their services? Is there much of a difference between a Good Sam looking for a little extra gas money and a professional towing service charging for on water towing services?
According to BoatUS, once money changes hands for a routine tow, a Good Sam is opened up to a world of liability they might not want in their lap.
Accepting money also requires a mariner’s credential – such as a Captain’s license – and would require commercial registration of the towing vessel.