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Old 04-11-2024, 03:53 PM   #1
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Default The Bear

Just talking to a friend from Birch Island. He was at a boat yard in Maine earlier today, and the Bear was there (Camp Lawrence boat) for some new plating, paint and a new engine. That's quite a sizeable boat to move back and forth for servicing. I could swear I've seen her, many years ago, on the Center Harbor drydock, so I would think working there would be a lot simpler/cheaper.

I'm also a little surprised that nobody on this Forum mentioned such activity. If the Doris E were being moved, I bet we'd hear about it.

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Just talking to a friend from Birch Island. He was at a boat yard in Maine earlier today, and the Bear was there (Camp Lawrence boat) for some new plating, paint and a new engine. That's quite a sizeable boat to move back and forth for servicing. I could swear I've seen her, many years ago, on the Center Harbor drydock, so I would think working there would be a lot simpler/cheaper.

I'm also a little surprised that nobody on this Forum mentioned such activity. If the Doris E were being moved, I bet we'd hear about it.
Well you should have asked me...I know the director of transportation there. Look for a couple of new camp boats this season!

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Thatís the Camp Lawrence Boat?? I always thought it was wood!

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Question Camp Nokomis, Camp Lawrence: two new boats

Complete the Fleet-2024 ..... www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUQ5zMclHuo .... with two new boats for Camp Nokomis and Camp Lawrence, Merrimack Valley YMCA, Bear Island, Lake Winnipesaukee

So far, $1,571,710 has been raised with a goal of $2,000,000. "Now, the Complete the Fleet Committee is focused on raising the final $500,000 of the project to allow for the purchasing of utility and program boats for the 2025 season and complete the infrastructure changes necessary to facilitate safe operation and storage of the expanded fleet of boats."

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Default back in my youth,,,

Back in my youth, there were two Camp Lawrence boats; the Camp and the Bear. They looked like they had a previous life as a lobster boat.

They would load up one of the boats with the campers locker boxes and the other carried the campers. When we got out to Camp Lawrence, we went to the Chow Hall to get our cabin assignments. In the mean time, the counselors and CITs would lug the locker boxes out to the various cabins. And it went unbelievably smooth.

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Well you should have asked me...I know the director of transportation there. Look for a couple of new camp boats this season!
Unclear to me.. Are they going back to a two boat operation an d the Bear is gone/sold, or, are the two new boats in addition to the Bear?

How big are the new boats?
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On the donations site that FLL linked below, it has this information:

1. Retain the Bear as the primary passenger vessel.

2. Augment the Bear with two mid-sized passenger boats, one for each camp.

3. Purchase a primary logistics boat to haul trash and other heavy cargo.

4. Provide each camp with a small utility boat, with a capacity of 3-5 persons.

5. Complement current program boats with new purpose-designed boats for each camp to enhance water sports offerings.


AND also, regarding the new boats, states:
They are 32 feet long and built of welded aluminum

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Unclear to me.. Are they going back to a two boat operation an d the Bear is gone/sold, or, are the two new boats in addition to the Bear?

How big are the new boats?
What Bear Guy said! :-) The new boats are 32' .
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One of the new camp boats is now in use and let me tell you ...that thing zips!!! The Bear will be back next week, along with the other new smaller one!

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Knowing what I know, without having seen it, I betcha this boat has a 140-hp, 4-cylinder Suzuki 4-stroke outboard purchased and installed from the Y-Landing Marina. Am I correct on this educated guess or what!

Could be that it has two 140-hp Suzuki's as opposed to just one? This motor is famous for long life, reliability, good gasoline use, and relatively light weight.
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I hope somebody local will post a video of the Bear being launched. That's a big, wide boat for transport.
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I hope somebody local will post a video of the Bear being launched. That's a big, wide boat for transport.
Miles Marine is transporting it from Maine back to the lake. It should happens sometime this week, possibly about mid week.
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I have seen it go by a few times, it screams! Not sure if its a match for the sheer power of the C-Nile though
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I have seen it go by a few times, it screams! Not sure if its a match for the sheer power of the C-Nile though
To be honest, what really is a match for the power of the C-Nile?? I'm telling you, when I unleash those 90 horses, all hell breaks loose and I'm hanging on for dear life! ( Don't tell anyone, but that camp boat probably has 10 mph on me, but that's our secret...)

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