Sea Tow Installs ARC Boating Safety Service

Monday, August 08, 2011

Sea Tow Services International, Inc. announced it has completed installation of its Automated Radio Check (ARC) boating safety service through its network of Sea Tow franchises, and will make the free public service available nationwide through additional marine outlets. Boaters can now obtain radio checks through the Sea Tow ARC service in major coastal boating markets across the U.S., including the East Coast, Gulf of Mexico, and Southern California, as well as in select inland regions. The first boating safety program of its kind, Sea Tow ARC is made possible due to Sea Tow’s ongoing relationship with marine communications specialist MariTEL.

To conduct a radio check through the Sea Tow ARC service, boaters can simply tune their VHF radios to Channel 24, 26, 27, or 28 (depending on the region), key the mic, and ask for a radio check. The ARC system responds to each radio check with an automated reply, and also replays to the boater’s original radio transmission, allowing him or her to assess the strength of the signal and confirm the VHF radio is in good working order. To find the Sea Tow ARC service channel in a particular region, visit The web page also links to an instructional video demonstrating how to use the service step by step.

“It’s the same procedure you would use to get a radio check on Channel 9, but it doesn’t require a fellow boater or watch-stander to answer your hail; it’s automated,” said Capt. Joe Frohnhoefer, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Sea Tow Services International. “A properly working VHF is essential safety equipment on every boat. Equally important to boater safety in general is the fact that the ARC system helps reduce unnecessary chatter on Channel 16.”

The next phase of the Sea Tow ARC program includes offering the service through additional marine outlets in areas throughout the Continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii where VHF communications are widely used by mariners. Sea Tow ARC will be available for hosting by marinas, boat dealerships, bait shops, and other on-water businesses. The name of each host location will be mentioned in the ARC system’s pre-check message in its area. In addition, post-check messages can be recorded to announce local events. Companies interested in hosting the Sea Tow ARC service can find more information at

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