“It’s been a long winter and were glad we got it down here, and we can get it out for the city and the public can enjoy it,” said Tony Fiore, president of the Chief Petty Officer’s Association. “We have a little more work to do once we get it in place, but everything came together,”
Fiore said there was a total budget of about $12,000 for the project, all of which was donated by the community.
“It never would have been possible (without the community's help),” he said.
Grand Haven-based Commercial Contractors and the Bank of Holland donated $10,000 for the purchase and transportation costs associated with moving the boat from Texas. Brink Trucking provided trucking for the move.
A dedication ceremony for the new boat is planned for May 19 in Centertown.
Although the boat is at its new home, there is still work to be done on the project.
“We’re going to put the mast on it next week and the radar tripod on it," Fiore said Monday. "We’re going to pour the concrete bunks that’ll support the boat, and then hook the electricity up to it so the (navigation) lights come on at night. We’ll be ready for the 19th.”
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