Back in March, Susanne Altenburger the wife of the late prolific boat designer Phil Bolger started construction of a prototype patrol/landing craft for the US Navy. Unique in it's design and construction this "green" vessel is modular built out of wood!
The 38-foot energy-efficient light patrol craft is designed to be shipped anywhere in the world in a 40-foot container or built as a kit where ever. The 6000lb vessel will be powered by a single 225 outboard motor and is expected to see top speeds of about 25mph. It's shallow draft is ideal for harbors,rivers and bays, its expected area of deployment. Funding for this project, $75,000 from federal funding to the city, $50,000 from the Navy and about $10,000 from the state.
After sea trials by US Naval officials (Probably in the Spring) the plan is for the vessel to remain in Gloucester and used for marine biology research.
Late September during construction at Maritime Gloucester.
Inside the foredeck.
Foredeck scupper/ramp mount
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It's a "rotary" not a "roundabout"!
"Going up the line" is a term used when leaving the island!
A "jigga"is a homemade powerless go-cart!
It's not "Break Time or Coffee Break" it's "Mug-up"!
It's not a "water fountain" it's a "Bubbla"!