Why Choose Safe/Sea?

When choosing a marine assistance provider, the most important question you should ask yourself is, "If I need help on the water, who is going to be ready when I need them?" Look closely at the company, the equipment, the staff, and most importantly, the services that will be provided should you need assistance. We're confident that Safe/Sea will exceed both your expectations and our competition's claims.


Safe/Sea is Rhode Island's oldest and most experienced marine assistance company. We have been locally owned and operated by the same family for our entire history, over 25 years. Our owners and captains have served on national boards and committees and were founding members of C-PORT, the National Trade Association for the Marine Assistance Industry. When it comes to our business of helping recreational boaters, we have been here from the very beginning, setting the standard that all other companies, nationwide, have attempted to follow.

The Safe/Sea Fleet

Our fleet of six rescue towboats has been custom designed and built to our exacting standards to provide boaters with the quickest, safest, and most effective assistance services possible. All of our vessels are independently inspected and certified through the Accredited for Commercial Assistance and Professional Towing (ACAPT) program, which is recognized by the US Coast Guard as the standard for professional marine assistance services.

Safe/Sea is the only marine assistance company in Rhode Island that is ACAPT accredited.

With six vessels at our disposal, Safe/Sea is able to provide the best coverage and availability to Rhode Island area boaters. We are the only company to keep vessels on station in Narragansett Bay, Point Judith, and Block Island. As a Safe/Sea member, you can rest assured that our fleet is ready and able should you ever need our help.

The Safe/Sea Staff

All the top-notch equipment in the world won't do you a bit of good in our business unless there's a fully qualified, experienced, and dedicated staff to put it to work. At Safe/Sea, we believe that staff training is a continuous process, and we work tirelessly to hone our employees' problem solving skills; after all, our mission is to solve problems for our customers.

Our Captains have over one hundred years of combined experience in the marine assistance industry, and each has personally conducted thousands of tows. Our Senior Staff Captains are true professionals, provided with year-round employment, full benefits and retirement plans so they can concentrate on being the very best at their craft. With one of our captains at the helm, you can be sure that your journey home and into the dock will be trouble and stress free.

As a Safe/Sea Premier member, you are provided with free towing for your vessel if it becomes disabled, runs out of fuel, or has a dead battery while away from its home dock or mooring. Your vessel will be restarted or towed to its home dock, mooring, or port of your choice in Rhode Island waters when your vessel’s disablement occurs in Rhode Island waters.

If your disablement occurs outside Rhode Island waters, Safe/Sea will arrange and pay for towing service to the nearest safe port from your disablement, up to a maximum limit of $4,000.00 per year.