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playing safe on water
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fog at sea
distress signals at sea
sitting out a hurricane
holing up for a hurricane
heavy weather sailing
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towing and salvage
US salvage contract

US Salvage Contract

This Agreement is for use in the rescue of a boat suffering a serious marine peril such as fire, sinking, stranding or high and dry grounding. A copy of this Agreement and any billing should be sent to the Underwriter's Agent as rapidly as possible. The performance of salvage services hereunder are neither recommended nor approved by Boat Owners Association of The United States.

Boat Owners Association of The United States

It is hereby agreed this _____ day of ____________________, 20___, at ______ hours at

__________________________ by and between: _______________________________
                 (location)                                                                           (Owner or Captain)

for the Yacht named "__________________________________," which is described as a

____________________________ and insured by: ______________________________
         (yr - manufacturer - length)                                                    ("Underwriter")

and _________________________________________, to salvage the yacht under these
                              (Salvage Company/Salvor)

terms and conditions:

1.      Salvor agrees to render assistance to and endeavor to save said yacht and its property and deliver her afloat or ashore at _________________________________ marina or port as mutually agreed, or to nearest safe port if unspecified herein, as soon as practicable.

2.      Salvor shall have the requisite possession and control of the subject yacht and be entitled without expense to the reasonable use of the yacht and its gear in the performance of recovery or salvage operations.

3.      Said salvage and any towage services by the Salvor shall terminate upon delivery of said yacht as designated herein. Owner and Underwriter shall be responsible for any storage, towing or other port or marina charges following delivery and for risk of loss thereafter.

(a)      NO CURE/NO PAY (Compensation, including special compensation, to be determined under ARTICLES 13 and 14, SALCON 89, and U.S. Admiralty Law.) 
INITIALS ________/________
                          salvor owner

(b)      NO CURE/NO PAY, AT A FIXED PRICE of $_____________________ 
INITIALS ________/________
                          salvor owner

(c)      NO CURE/NO PAY at $_______________/per hour/per day/per vessel (or in accordance with SALVOR's published rates, initialed and attached hereto).
INITIALS ________/________
                         salvor owner

(d)      OTHER:

4.      Compensation to Salvor for the services performed hereunder shall be in accordance with a billing and any supportive analysis of the salvage operation to be presented to Owner and Underwriter's agents upon completion of salvage. Billing to be calculated on the basis specified in No. 3. No agreement on price or its reasonableness has been made at the scene unless agreed to in writing.

5.      Services hereunder are rendered on a "No Cure, No Pay" basis; however, salvor shall be entitled to a reasonable allowance for prevention or minimization of environmental damage in accordance with Articles 13 & 14 of the 1989 International Convention on Salvage,as well as for clean up or wreck removal in the event the vessel is deemed a constructive total loss. Payment is due promptly upon presentation of Salvor's bill. Interest at the rate of one and one-half (1.5%) percent per month (or the maximum legal rate allowed) shall accrue on any unpaid balance from 30 days after completion of salvage and presentation of a salvage bill, or as determined in accordance with the findings of any Arbitration Award.

6.      In the event of any dispute regarding this salvage or concerning the reasonableness of any fees or charges due hereunder, all parties agree to binding local arbitration utilizing individual(s) experienced in maritime and salvage law. The Boat Owners Association of The United States Salvage Arbitration Plan, though not required, is available as a public service through Boat Owners Association of The United States wherever the parties agree to its use. In the event Owner is uninsured for payment of these services, Salvor may, at its election, agree with Owner to use any agreeable arbitration system or to proceed with all available legal remedies to recover sums believed due and owing.

7.      It is understood that services performed hereunder are governed by the Admiralty and Maritime Jurisdiction of the Federal Courts and create a maritime lien against the yacht or its posted security. Salvor's lien shall be preserved until payment. Salvor agrees in lieu of arrest or attachment to accept from the yacht's Underwriter, a Letter of Undertaking for an amount equal to one and one-half (1.5) times the presented billing with a copy of the insurance policy and coverage information. If the yacht is uninsured or its Underwriter cannot provide a Letter of Undertaking, Salvor may demand the posting of a Surety Bond with its designated Escrow Agent in an amount equal to 1.5 times the Salvor's bill. Salvor may satisfy collection of fees or charges hereunder by recourse to any security posted and shall be entitled to any costs incurred in collection of payments due hereunder including reasonable attorneys fees subject to the findings of any arbitration.

8.      Salvor hereby warrants that it is acting on its own behalf and on behalf of any subcontractors retained by Salvor to perform services in the recovery or delivery of the yacht. Salvor shall be responsible for any such subcontractors' compensation.

9.      In the event the Salvor has already rendered salvage services to the described yacht prior to execution of this contract, the provisions of this contract shall apply to such salvage services.

SIGNED: _____________________________        ___________________________ 
                Owner/Captain or Owner's Agent                  Salvage Company

                Print Name & Address:                                    Print Name & Address:

                Phone: (____) ______                                     Phone: (____) ______

                Fax: (____) ______                                          Fax: (____) ______