Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Whaleboat "Lake Sturgeon" Launched

ISEA launched its ex-Navy motor whaleboat Lake Sturgeon yesterday afternoon.  All systems operated well, and the brief shakedown cruise was deemed a success.  The next steps are to finish some outfitting details and to do the US Coast Guard stability test.  We hope to be licensed for passengers by the Classic Boat Show on July 20.


On our way to the launch ramp.  Thanks, Russ Carew, for the heavy hauling.

About to splash.  George and Calvin Powell handling lines.
Radio Check before leaving the dock.  The little Yanmar 3-cylinder diesel is warming up.

Underway. Also aboard were ISEA Comminications Intern Callie Chappell and Capt. Allen Wolfe.

Veiw over the bow.
At the ISEA Waterfront 
Thanks to Gordie and Susan Brown for the donation of the whaleboat, and to all those who helped with the re-fit this winter and spring:  Chuck Dickerson, Janet Dickerson, Ben Hale, George Powell, Calvin Powell, Bruce Lehmann, Tony DeRose, Jerry Battle, Bill Emerson, Lee Hepner, Larry Payton, Ray Hale, Paul McEwen and Russ Carew. Thanks also to the TUKTAWA Foundation and the Suttons Bay-Bingham Fund for providing financial assistance for this project.  --Capt. Tom

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