Volunteers are refurbishing a 41-foot boat — the same type used by Station Grand Haven from 1976-98. It arrived in late 2011 after city crews removed an older 36-foot motor lifeboat and took it to a Muskegon museum.
“It’s always been the right thing to have — and this is a newer, sleeker version, but will require less maintenance,” Smith said.
To help make the project self-sustainable, Tony Fiore — president of the Chief Petty Officers Association, which is leading the preparation for installing the old boat — said they have recycled as much as possible from the inside of the vessel.
“We stripped everything out of the engine room and everything with recyclable value,” he said. “It doesn’t need to be operable sitting by the road.”
Fiore also said volunteers are working on rewiring the boat so its navigation lights turn on during the evening. They will even paint the numbers of the boat that served in Grand Haven on the side.
According to those working on the boat, a celebration is being planned for May 19 when the new boat will be unveiled.
Fiore said anyone wishing to make a donation to the Coast Guard boat's continuing maintenance fund, set up through the local community foundation, can send their contribution to: 7th Street Coast Guard Boat Fund, Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, 1 S. Harbor Ave., Grand Haven, MI 49417.
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