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Gary D.
February 22nd, 2005, 05:43 AM
Well here it is signed, sealed and delivered.

Now that itís in the open you can get a better idea as to what it is. Itís 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.

DennisW
February 22nd, 2005, 09:03 AM
Now that's a boat. Looks like a cross between a landing craft and a tug boat.

SueMermaid
February 22nd, 2005, 10:24 AM
Looks like a cross between a landing craft and a tug boat.
...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.

Snowbear
February 22nd, 2005, 12:30 PM
Wow! That's quite a.... uh.... a boat! Yeah... that's it. :D

Corigan
February 22nd, 2005, 12:44 PM
It sort of does remind me of the old landing boats that they used in WWII.

Matt

Uncle Pug
February 22nd, 2005, 12:50 PM
Sir Bargelot

BigJetDriver
February 22nd, 2005, 12:57 PM
Gary,

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

Rob

Gary D.
February 22nd, 2005, 03:41 PM
Gary,

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

Rob
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.

Poogweese
February 22nd, 2005, 05:33 PM
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:

mike_s
February 22nd, 2005, 06:14 PM
Any ideas for a name?


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"



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

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

mike_s
February 22nd, 2005, 06:16 PM
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.

Chuck Tribolet
February 22nd, 2005, 09:17 PM
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

Uncle Pug
February 22nd, 2005, 09:23 PM
Why the choo choo of course. :D

Greg D.
February 22nd, 2005, 10:45 PM
Gary,

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

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


With a front end lift gate like that, you could even pick up fat chicks too!
But why would you want too hehe :D

crpntr133
February 23rd, 2005, 02:58 AM
Name...Flat Bottom Girl

Really strange rig but looks like an ideal dive platform.

Gary D.
February 23rd, 2005, 03:25 AM
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 Sheriffís 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 arenít going that far.

Itís lower on the trailer from what it was. We got it down to 12í5Ē so far and can go down another 4Ē. We already extended the tongue 4í. It looks worse than it is but it launches and loads good.

She is 21í long, 7í6Ēwide 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.

mike_s
February 23rd, 2005, 06:38 PM
Post some more pics of it!

archman
February 23rd, 2005, 06:55 PM
The US Navy made hundreds of these little guys and used them for hauling special equipment.

I want one. Go Navy.

Gary D.
February 23rd, 2005, 11:12 PM
Post some more pics of it!
Here are a couple I took today.

http://www.scubaboard.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/15043

http://www.scubaboard.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/15044

Gary D.

mike_s
February 23rd, 2005, 11:22 PM
Here are a couple I took today.

http://www.scubaboard.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/15043

http://www.scubaboard.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/15044

Gary D.

Boy... I bet towing that behind a truck is like towing a parasailer! I bet it "sucks" lots of air on the pilothouse and that front grate.

Gary D.
February 23rd, 2005, 11:46 PM
Boy... I bet towing that behind a truck is like towing a parasailer! I bet it "sucks" lots of air on the pilothouse and that front grate.
To our surprise, it pulls nice. I think the way the gate is designed it disturbes the air hitting the pilothouse reducing the drag.

Gary D.

Gary D.
February 25th, 2005, 04:55 PM
Things are coming together.

Boat, New 140 hp motor and Trailer = Freebie
Stripes, Shield and dive flags = Freebie for us. Out of the shops budget.
Patrol radio, VHS radio, Multi band radio = Freebie from the other boat.
Light bar = Freebie we just steal them off parked patrol units.
GPS just arrived for the Side Scan = Another Freebie
A big hearted person knew the specs on the unit and just donated it, NEW.
Sanding and painting the trailer = Freebie Itís nice having a jail full of willing workers at our disposal. :D

Now thats Priceless!

So far so good. I just hope this will keep going like this.

Gary D.

detroit diver
February 25th, 2005, 05:42 PM
Is that front lift gate hydraulic?

teknitroxdiver
February 25th, 2005, 05:56 PM
Hey, that's a cool rig. Don't you guys already have one kinda like that? I think i remember seeing some pics of it a while back. Looks like it will make a great dive boat. Have fun with it!

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