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The Ultimate Boat
Ryan Pratt, who owns the Sea Tow franchise in Stuart, Florida, tricked out his tow boat with some of the coolest gear.
FLIR MD-Series Fixed-Mount Night Vision
With this thermal technology, Pratt can find a broken-down vessel at night by scanning an area to pick up its heat signature. It’s also great for finding channel markers and inlet jetties without needing a vision-ruining spotlight.
WaveJet Propulsion Rescue Board
Pratt carries the 11-foot-long rescue board on his hardtop. There’s a battery-powered jet propulsion pod mounted to the bottom of the board that can power it along at 2 to 4 knots.
The RIB has a 24-inch draft, so Pratt uses the board to run a tow line to people who’ve run aground or boats stranded on the beach, keeping his boat safely out in deeper water.
Rigid Industries LED Lights
The rugged aluminum housing is treated with both a corrosion inhibitor and a UV-resistant powder coating. The lenses are scratch-resistant polycarbonate, and the mounting hardware is stainless steel. Pratt also has waterproof LEDs mounted on his trailer bunks to make it easier at the ramp at night.