Look at what's sitting in our yard.

Discussion in 'Public Safety Divers' started by Gary D., Feb 22, 2005.

  1. Gary D.

    Gary D. ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Well here it is signed, sealed and delivered.

    Now that it’s in the open you can get a better idea as to what it is. It’s kind of a cross between a Mike or Higgins boat, a Barge and some African Queen tossed in.

    Now all we have to do is outfit it for diving.

    The bow:
    http://www.scubaboard.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/15012/cat/500/page/7

    Port side:
    http://www.scubaboard.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/15013/cat/500/page/7

    Stb side:
    http://www.scubaboard.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/15014/cat/500/page/7

    Any ideas for a name?

    Gary D.
     
  2. DennisW

    DennisW Great White

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    Now that's a boat. Looks like a cross between a landing craft and a tug boat.
     
  3. SueMermaid

    SueMermaid Loggerhead Turtle

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    ...and an aircraft carrier.

    It's cool! Dunno about a name though. If I had a boat, I would name it something stupid and people would throw bottles at me.
     
  4. Snowbear

    Snowbear NOK ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Wow! That's quite a.... uh.... a boat! Yeah... that's it. :D
     
  5. Corigan

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    It sort of does remind me of the old landing boats that they used in WWII.

    Matt
     
  6. Uncle Pug

    Uncle Pug Swims with Orca ScubaBoard Supporter

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  7. BigJetDriver

    BigJetDriver Scuba Instructor

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    Gary,

    How about "The Ugly Duckling"? :eyebrow: Actually, it looks like a pretty useful dive barge!

    Rob
     
  8. Gary D.

    Gary D. ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Hehehehe That's about the only way this boat could pick up chicks :D

    It will be set up for extended diving operations and as the Side Scan platform.

    Other than the fuel tank, batteries and 10 10' lengths of railroad track everything below decks is wide open.

    Gary D.
     
  9. Poogweese

    Poogweese Barracuda

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    Any ideas for a name?

    Gary D.[/QUOTE]

    Since it's kinda like a mini-barge in Idaho, how 'bout...D/V Tater Tot

    :eyebrow:
     
  10. mike_s

    mike_s Blue Whale

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    From the first pic that had only the mesh gate showing, I didn't know what the heck this was.... But it gave me an idea for a name. how about the "Bug-Swatter"


    With a front end lift gate like that, you could even pick up fat chicks too!
     
  11. mike_s

    mike_s Blue Whale

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    One more question... Is this yours or the public saftey department you work for?

    can you give some more details about the boat and what caused you to buy this one?

    Also, is this a custom config or was this customer ready upon purchase?

    Post some more pics in better light when you get a chance.... Seems very interesting.
     
  12. Chuck Tribolet

    Chuck Tribolet Loggerhead Turtle

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    It sits WAY high on the trailer, and the tongue isn't that long. How do you launch it
    without floating the tow truck?

    And what's the railroad iron in the bilge for?


    Chuck
     
  13. Uncle Pug

    Uncle Pug Swims with Orca ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Why the choo choo of course. :D
     
  14. Greg D.

    Greg D. Manta Ray

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    Gary,

    I have one thing to say about the boat... sweeeeeeet! :D

    As for the name how about Darwins little helper. :eyebrow:

    But why would you want too hehe :D
     
  15. crpntr133

    crpntr133 lost, even with a compass

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    Name...Flat Bottom Girl

    Really strange rig but looks like an ideal dive platform.
     
  16. Gary D.

    Gary D. ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    So far DV Tatter Tot has about half the team whizzing in their britches.

    To answer some of your questions.

    It now belongs to the Sheriff’s Department. We traded the County Waterways for the Almar IO I posted pics of a few days ago.

    The US Navy made hundreds of these little guys and used them for hauling special equipment. The RR Track in the bilge is for ballast. The Navy used concrete but we aren’t going that far.

    It’s lower on the trailer from what it was. We got it down to 12’5” so far and can go down another 4”. We already extended the tongue 4’. It looks worse than it is but it launches and loads good.

    She is 21’ long, 7’6”wide and real tall.

    She will be strictly a Recovery and SS vessel. Unless we are on scene prior to an accident she will be useless as a Rescue rig.

    Just to stripe it and department shield on it to match the other boats is going to cost around $500. Then the twin booms, dive ladders, tank racks, Side Scan, generator, additional batteries and other stuff will add up to around $60K.

    The fun has just begun.

    Dive training the next two days. I know it's tough but someone has to do it :D

    Gary D.
     
  17. mike_s

    mike_s Blue Whale

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    Post some more pics of it!
     
  18. archman

    archman Divemaster

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    I want one. Go Navy.
     
  19. Gary D.

    Gary D. ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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