09/29/2011: "LETTER ON PW BOAT PURCHASE"
Though "Ship For Brains" would be a good choice [of a name] for this county acquisition I am going with "Ina Fishin' Sea."
I ran the numbers this boat does not pencil out. As for lasting 30 to 40 years Mr. Rose has obviously never owned, serviced or maintained an aluminum boat.
When one builds a vessel, plane, barge, crane, dump truck etc one figures out things like the hourly run costs general maintenance costs, labor costs, and ads a percentage for unknowns like $25,000.00 to $30,000. in outdrive replacement costs.
Yes as slick as this boat is, it will not traverse a 200 year old cedar dead head without sustaining some sort of damage that the tax payers will ultimately have to pay for. One need only look at the Sheriffs boat to get an idea of how many unknown costs have cropped up expectantly.
Enough, if Mr. Rose is feeling a little thin skinned these days then maybe he should have penciled the short and long term costs of acquiring such a vessel. Of course after he is gone we will be left paying for his indulgences.
Last, one boat name that I did not see, "The Ghost of John Shannon".
Thank You For Your Time.
To the Editor
Bob and Lori Miller have been operating a barge service in San Juan County for over 10 years. Their barge, the Humpback, was was built by Gardener Boat Company.The Humpback has over a 30,000 lb. payload, can carry up to 49 people, 2 pickup trucks or 1 large truck as well as well as any rubber tire or track equipment.
The cost to charter their barge is $160/Hr. Which includes a heated galley and a captain with well over 30 years experience running commercial boats. I use their services on a regular basis for out Island construction projects, they run a very efficient, safe and professional operation. I spoke with Bob today while I was chartering his barge and he told me that the county has not once in over ten years called to ask about his services.
If you add the purchase price (which I'm certain was well over $325,000 [Related Story])and the cost of moorage, insurance,maintenance, wages and training together, what looks more efficient, $160/Hr. or the unknown cost of our new County hole in the water.
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