TowBoatUS Ventura is standing by 24/7 to offer a variety of services to both BoatUS members and non-members. While members have significant benefits such as not having to pay out of pocket tow expenses, TowBoatUS offers its services to all mariners. As a member of the Accredited for Commercial Assistance and Professional Towing programs, you can be ensured that you will receive safe and quality assistance that you can trust from only United States Coast Guard Licensed Captains.

Salvage services are not covered under a towing membership. While there is sometimes a fine line between the towing and salvage, there are a few clear indicators that point to each. With salvage, it is the existence of “peril.” Historically and legally, salvage is any voluntary and successful rescue of a boat and/or its cargo from a peril at sea. Today that definition also includes avoiding or reducing damage to a marine environment. Providing voluntary and successful service to vessels hard aground, on rocks, taking on water, or sunk is generally considered salvage, as are rescues necessitated by collisions, fires, breakaways, or other types of immediate peril. Salvage may also come into play when specialized equipment such as pumps, airbags, or divers are called for – even if the boat is at the dock. The following link is a good resource to determine what is or is not a salvage.

Towing vs. Salvage: What Boaters Should Know

What We Offer

  • Towing
  • Soft Ungroundings
  • Battery Jumps
  • Fuel Delivery
  • Spill Containment & Cleanup
  • Salvage Services
  • Diving Services
  • Launch & Delivery
  • Environmental Services
  • Natural Disaster Response
  • Film & Event Support
  • Marine Recovery
  • Sunken Vessel Recovery
  • De-watering
  • Boat Fires
  • Hard Groundings                                                       
  • Surf Rescue

*Not all services mentioned are included under a BoatUS towing membership. Please see the Membership Towing Agreement to see what is covered under a towing membership.


Service Rates:

Contracted Non-Emergency Towing Services

Towing/deliveries/jump starts – day rate $300 per hour

Towing/deliveries/jump starts – night rate $350 per hour

Extra charge for small craft advisories $50 per hour

Tows over 12 hours $80 per hour

Extra crew as needed $80 per hour

Boats over 50 feet $50 per hour

Diving $250 per hour

Salvage and Emergency Services

Salvage Vessel $400 per hour

Captain $175 per hour

Salvage Master $225 per hour

Deckhand/salvage tech $90 per hour

Diver/Swimmer $250 per hour

Diver/Swimmer –hazardous/ night/small craft advisories $400 per hour 

4X4 Truck for beach work $250 per hour

Add 25% for small craft advisories when working offshore. Personnel rates are charged at time and a half from the hours of 17:00 to 08:00, after 8 hours, Saturdays, Sundays, and double time after 12 hours and on holidays.

Salvage Equipment

Lift Bag: 1,000 – 2,000 lbs $300 per day

Lift Bag: over 2,000 lbs $400 per day

De-watering Pump $200 per day

Compressor/hoses $350 per day

Generator $300 per day

Dive gear, surface supply, or scuba $400 per day/per diver

The above is a partial list only; additional charges will be applied for any other necessary equipment and personnel utilized, and for all consumables required on a specific job. 

All rates are portal to portal. There is a two hour minimum on all contracted towing services. There is a minimum salvage/emergency services charge of $275 per foot of boat length, $375 for events at the islands, or at night, during small craft advisories, on Sundays, and on holidays. Sublet will be billed on a cost plus 20% basis. All salvage cases are unique, the above rates are intended to be used as a guideline only and are not all-inclusive.