2018-08-30 / News

Council OKs $49K to fix rescue boat

The town council has agreed to equip the fire department’s rescue boat with two new motors.

The councilors unanimously approved the $49,000 offer from Conanicut Marine Services during their Aug. 20 meeting. The East Ferry marina was the only bidder, according to Jim Bryer, fire chief.

Bryer said his department’s 28- foot Protector boat has been out of service for most of the summer because the motors are beyond repair.

“We offered to trade them in and everybody laughed at us,” he said. “There’s nothing left to those motors.”

Each new Yamaha outboard motor is 225 horsepower. The bid includes rigging and a two-year on-site service contract. Bryer had $60,000 earmarked for the upcoming fiscal year for this line item, but the motors did not survive their final summer. He will transfer that money.

“We milked those motors for the last two or three years,” he said.

When Bryer’s boat is running, it is part of the Narragansett Bay Marine Task Force, a coalition led by the U.S. Coast Guard that includes fire departments, police forces and harbormasters from coastal communities in Rhode Island.

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