The Towing Endorsement is required if you are looking to tow a disabled vessel for payment. This endorsement can be attached to either an OUPV/Six-Pack or 25/50/100-Ton Master captain’s license. With a Towing Endorsement, you can work professionally for a company like Sea Tow or TowBoatUs.
Can I Make Money?
According to BoatUS, the going rate for towing in a disabled vessel can range from $250-$300 per hour. These rates can increase due to bad weather or if requested at night.
Also, there is an opportunity to charge a patron for having to “unground” their vessel. This cost can range anywhere from $20/foot or more!
What Size Vessel Can This Endorsement Be Used On?
Any USCG license of 200 gross tons or less, including an OUPV/Six-Pack/Masters License, may be endorsed for assistance towing.
If you are looking for an employment opportunity or a way to make extra money, a towing endorsement is quick and easy. Or if you're just looking for the added knowledge to lend a helping hand, then a towing endorsement would be in your best interest.
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