In considering activities in the U.S. maritime industry for the short and long term, it is unwise to start the conversation without a mention of the patrol and defense needs of the country in the mounting effort to secure nearly 95,000 miles of coastline.
Megayacht style and luxury have come to houseboats with the construction start of the Webb Tide II, a 124-foot, all-aluminum houseboat/ yacht designed by David Carambat Marine Design, Covington, La. The trend-setting boat is now under construction at Freeport Shipbuilding, Freeport, Fla.
The 29-foot, 12-passenger Ootsa Ranger, powered by twin Cummins engines and Hamilton waterjets, was recently delivered by British Columbia, Canada, builder Argo Marine Ltd. to Alcan Smelters & Chemicals Ltd., Kitimat, B.C. The vessel will be used to ferry loggers to timber harvesting sites.
An unusual crewboat for ferrying oil field workers across the Mackenzie River in Canada's Northwest Territories is nearing completion at Matsumoto Shipyard, Ltd., on the Dollarton waterfront of North Vancouver, British Columbia, for Esso Resources Canada Ltd.
Racor Industries of Modesto, Calif., has introduced a new highperformance fuel filter / water separator that can be installed as standard equipment, yet accommodates a wide variety of engine applications and customer preferences. Literature is available describing the separator.
The Workboat Division of MonArk Boat Company in Monticello, Ark., recently delivered a new 28-foot aluminum patrol boat to the Marine Police of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control near Little Creek, Del. This new boat is