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Date posted February 1, 2014 12:12 PM
Posted by Hunt n' Fish
Report location New York > Fire Island > Starstream 8 to the rescue
Fishing method Boat
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I just wanted to say "thanks" to Capt. Mike on the Starstream 8 for helping me get back in this morning.

It was forecast to be a beautiful day on the ocean, so I went to take my boat out for some cod fishing south of Fire Island. About 14 miles out, my motor sputtered out. I found out my fuel filter had rotted through. I looked for spare and found we must have used it.

I tried to hail Sea Tow and couldn't raise them on the radio. I got the Coast Guard and they relayed the information for me, but it turned out that SeaTow was iced in and couldn't get out to get me. The CG put out a hail for assistance and the Starstream 8 responded. Capt. Mike made a detour to bring me a splice kit to by-pass the fuel filter, and I made it home safely.

Lessons learned. Keep that spare fuel filter on board and get a few extra fittings and clamps to have handy in the emergency tool repair kit.

The Coast Guard kept in touch with me on the ride in, and met me at the dock to verify that the incident was taken care of.

It was a shame. It really was a beautiful day out there to fish and I wish I could have hit a few wrecks. I hope that the Starstream 8 had a great trip.

Thanks again Mike,


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Hunt n' Fish Club Member

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 02/01/2014 12:15 PM  

Beautiful ride out

The culprit

Some company while I waited, and the weather was just getting nicer

The hero of the day

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Location: Smithtown
 02/01/2014 01:56 PM  

Nice work Capt. Mike !!

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 02/01/2014 02:02 PM  


When was the last time you changed that filter? looks like it came up from a wreck!!!!!!!!

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 02/01/2014 02:11 PM  


I dont post much about other captians but I must say that is a true captian,to help someone at sea is a good feeling but to do it from a party boat WOW!!!!!
May his customers always have tight lines.
hats off cap ShadesShadesShadesShadesShadesWinkWinkWinkWinkWinkWink
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 02/01/2014 02:43 PM  

Glad you made it back safe Chris!

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 02/01/2014 05:13 PM  

maybe now its time for some maintenance?

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 02/01/2014 05:28 PM  

It's a shame that the USCG is more involved in Fishing Regulations these day's Than assisting people. Guess we all should make sure we are Seaworthy before heading out....And the responce from Sea Tow is totally unacceptable..What do we pay for...You're lucky the Starstream was nearby to assist. Last year I waited 5 hours for a tow on a friends Boat..Glad you are OK.

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 02/01/2014 05:38 PM  

Looks like you'll be washing bait buckets for a while for capt mike.....
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 02/01/2014 07:17 PM  

We change the filters, plugs, lower unit lube every season and the engine oil even more frequently. Usually in the early spring, and it was just coming to the time when it would have been done.

The Coast Guard met me at the dock when I returned and gave me a safety inspection. They told me that they were en route and had just cleared the inlet when Capt. Mike relayed the message that I was underway. My brother was in the Coast Guard and stationed in Maine, where they do the towing. Down here, the area is so saturated with commercial towing companies, that they don't have to offer the service. I do understand it, and it frees them up to do other missions. Our area has a lot more boating during the season than Maine, and if the CG boats were tied up all the time with long tows, they would fall short of completing other tasks. However, when the local towing companies both informed the CG that they couldn't reach me, the CG launched a mission to get me, which was called off after Capt. Mike assisted me, so I am grateful to them.

As far as SeaTow not being able to get to me, when we pay for the insurance every year. . . Yes, I was a little aggravated about that. But ultimately, if I am choosing to run a small boat offshore in February, I am the one responsible for making sure it's in proper operating order and to have the necessary items on board for simple repairs such as this. And I failed. I should have considered looking at that fuel filter before hand, and I should have had spare parts on board anyway. Lesson learned, and I will be more responsible in the future. I'm thankful it was a relatively painless and inexpensive one.

I was so proud of myself for finally getting a survival suit and PLB and I think I jinxed myself. Even the CG was impressed at the dock with my preparation in personal safety lol.


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This post edited by Hunt n' Fish 07:21 PM 02/01/2014
jimbo jones

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 02/01/2014 07:25 PM  

"And the responce from Sea Tow is totally unacceptable"

Sadly, if you're on the water between mid-November and mid-March you're on your own....before 8AM you're really in trouble. 14 miles offshore adds to the problem, but I've had trouble getting help in my local harbor. All we can do is pay the bill and hope for the best.

ps. Can't imagine how that might have gone if the weather was more typical for the season and that freighter was on a different course. They aren't that pretty close up when you're dead in the water.

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 02/01/2014 07:57 PM  

Just glad it turned out well..upupup

Hey, it can't be Christmas everyday!!!!

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 02/01/2014 09:05 PM  

I would be asking Sea Tow to waive my fee for the next year for sure...

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 02/02/2014 01:08 AM  

Glad you made it back ok. Great job by Capt. Mike. That's gotta be a scary situation in the middle of winter.

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 02/02/2014 01:47 AM  


glad everything turned out well buddy, kudos to mike and the coast guard for atleast making the attempt to assist you before mike came into play, see you soon brother.

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 02/02/2014 06:16 AM  

Glad that you got home safely that's the most important thing.

To the guy who was surprised that you got helped by a party boat he must be an idiot. Party boats will help anybody when an emergency arrives just like any other vessel.

Next I would be contacting seatow as to the limitations of there service and if the answer that you get is unsatisfactory to you I would go to a good attorney.

There are 4 seasons to the year and you can fish in all of them.  The season never ends...

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 02/02/2014 08:20 AM  

capt mike starstream 3upupups up capt,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, chris also glad this all work out and all are safe,, the ocean did look reel good but again the main thing all are safe,,,,, maureen says hello to gina,, have a good one,, ,,,,,,><(((:> ~~~ ><(((:>


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 02/02/2014 09:53 AM  

Chris first off glad all worked out safely for you that is the most important thing. Just abit funny how certain people are quick to give advise to get an attorney and sue Seatow for not responding because the great river is iced in and they can't get out,but yet we forget that the guard made no effort to go out themselves, because they have become so dependent on the commercial towing companies, but did conduct a safety check when Chris got in and would have written the appropriate summonses.
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 02/02/2014 12:26 PM  

Thanks everyone for the well wishes.

I just want to be clear, at the dock, the CG did state to me that they were en route when they heard the update from the Starstream that I was underway again. They followed their local rules and exhausted the commercial tow operations options first, and then took action. Had I been in any immediate medical danger, or taking on water, etc. I'm sure they would have been the first ones to respond.

Additionally, they met me at the dock to fill out some paperwork that they had to complete to close the incident. GPS coordinates which they had been tracking during the incident through radio contact, vessel information etc. The safety check was painless. They were quick and friendly, talking about fishing and hunting in the area with me. I was not upset about their inspection at all. I expected it actually.

Thanks again,


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 02/02/2014 01:26 PM  

Damn, seeing how flat that water was, if my boat was still in the water, that would be absolutely irresistible. Bottom line, except for Sea Tow (and I had to call them once before and they were a little slow, but did get there), everything went as well as you could have hoped. But, yeah, the response of the Starstream was outstanding.

Glad all turned out ok - and it's all because people just did the right thing.upup

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 02/02/2014 07:24 PM  

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