More than 700 captains and crew work for Sea Tow, and they see the good, the bad and the horrific when hurricanes hit. One common problem — scam artists offering boaters a tow — is usually part of any post-hurricane scene. The bright side following Harvey and Irma is that the number of those scam artists seems to be dwindling.
“I haven’t heard a tremendous amount this time around,” says Capt. Joe Frohnhoefer III, Sea Tow’s CEO. “It’s only been getting better.”
But on the flip side, some boaters with damaged boats are still falling victim to problems. They may work with towers who know how to get a hull back afloat, but who don’t know what to do with the boat next.
“There are some people that were capable, they weren’t trying to scam, but they didn’t look out for the best interest of the boater,” Frohnhoefer says. “What we saw some of was people saying, ‘Hey, I’ll raise your boat,’ and then it’s just floating there.”