The Cruise to Manitowoc was great, we were infant of about 6 other loop boats. The weather was cloudy and cool. Cruising the great lakes is a lot like cruising offshore back on the gulf coast, no intracoastal waters here. Arriving in Manitowoc was like a mini looper rendezvous. We had “Inspiration” “Avocet” “SummerTime” “Somewhere In Time” “Leap of Faith” “Still Waters” “Adventure Quest” and one other American Tug I never got the name of. We all went to dinner and had a great time.
My friends the Coast Guard stopped me so they could do a safety inspection. We rafted up in the lake. They said they didn’t a chance to many inspections and appreciated us having them on board. Pura Vida passed with flying colors and it was a pleasure having the Coast Guard on board. I thank all of them for their service to the people and the country.
The Response Boat – Medium (RB-M) is a 45-foot (14 m) utility boat used by the United States Coast Guard. The specs are below, very impressive and with the Detroit 60 Series 825hp. I have driven a few trucks with the 60 series. The Detroit Diesel Series 60 is an inline-6 4-stroke diesel engine that was first produced in 1987. It departed from most on-highway engines. It competed with the later Caterpillar C-series engines, it was cool to see them in their boat looking just like the truck engine.
|Length:||44 ft 9 in (13.64 m)|
|Beam:||14 ft 7.75 in (4.4641 m)|
|Draft:||3 ft 4 in (1.02 m)|
|Installed power:||2 × MTU Detroit Diesel turbochargedSeries 60 engines, 825 hp (615 kW) total|
|Propulsion:||2 × Rolls-Royce FF-Series waterjets|
|Range:||250 nmi (460 km; 290 mi) at 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)|
We stayed at Manitowoc Marina, 920-682-5117. This is a great spot to stop on your way north or south on the Wisconsin side. They have a wonderful shop here and travel lift. Heated inside and yard storage, fuel and ship/clothing store. The Marina is located right inside the Manitowoc Harbor, and is conveniently located to many cool businesses. They have a Maritime museum, art museum, zoo and submarine tour here.