The Ultimate Boat

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.Jeremy Frechette/SeaTow

The Ultimate Boat

1. Twin Mercury 150 FourStroke ­Outboards
mercurymarine.com 2. Novabraid Spectra Synthetic Line
novabraid.com 3. Shockwave ICE2 Console
shockwaveseats.com 4. Optimus 360 Steering System
seastarsolutions​.com 5. David Clark Series 9900 Wireless Intercom Headsets
davidclark.com 6. Marine Rescue Technologies 406 Local Emergency Receiver
marinerescuetechnologies.com 7. Marine Rescue Technologies Markus MOB Rescue Net
marinerescuetechnologies.com 8. Simrad Broadband 4G Radar
simrad-yachting.com 9. XM WX Marine Weather
xmwx​weather.com/marine 10. FLIR MD-Series Fixed-Mount Night Vision
flir.com 11. WaveJet Propulsion Rescue Board
wavejet.com 12. Rigid Industries LED Lights
rigidindustries.com 13. Blue Sea Systems ML-Series Remote Battery Switches
bluesea.com 14. CPI Marine Air Collar
cpitx.com 15. Marine Propulsion Technologies Thrusters
mptmfg.com

The Ultimate Boat

Pratt rebuilt a Willard 370 RIB bought at a government auction into the ultimate towing machine.Jeremy Frechette/SeaTow

The Ultimate Boat

Navigational electronics are run through twin Simrad NSS8 multifunction displays.Jeremy Frechette/SeaTow

The Ultimate Boat

The FLIR MD-Series fixed-mount night vision unit is great for finding channel markers, inlet jetties and stranded boaters at night.Jeremy Frechette/SeaTow

The Ultimate Boat

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The Ultimate Boat

The seats at the helm are built on a Fox shock absorber mounted 12 inches above the deck.

The Ultimate Boat

The Simrad Broadband 4G radar is ideal for small boats because of its small, low-emission radome that produces high-quality returns.Jeremy Frechette/SeaTow

The Ultimate Boat

Jeremy Frechette/SeaTow

The Ultimate Boat

Twin Mercury 150 FourStroke outboards power Pratt's towing machine.Jeremy Frechette/SeaTow

The Ultimate Boat

Magic Tilt Trailer
Pratt took his Willard 730 over to the Magic Tilt complex in Clearwater, Florida, and the company built him a custom aluminum trailer. Magic Tilt's builders suspended Pratt's boat in the air and built the trailer underneath it so that it perfectly matches his hull. The custom fit makes it extremely easy to launch and load the boat. Magic Tilt also built stairs on the front of the tongue to make it easy to enter and exit the boat on the trailer. All this combines to make it fast and easy for a single person to launch the boat, which is critical for a Sea Tow operator like Pratt to quickly reach his customers.
Jeremy Frechette/SeaTow