Geneva Lake Water Safety Patrol Is Out There In Style
A huge shout out to fellow Woody Boater Sean Slattery. He is one of the Sean Shawns, Shauns. I get anxiety when I see a Shaun Sean, Shawn. But it all goes away when I know the Water Safety Patrol is out there in style. I love this kinda stuff, and wish many lakes and water ways celebrated there history with an classic boat.
While some of the other vessels of the fleet have been in since April, I’ve been waiting for this day since September when she was put away for the season. It still gets me and some of the other crew members giddy as kids on Christmas morning. While there are other boats in the fleet, this one is different. This one is special.
I was thinking of her last shift before she was put away. The last shift of ’21 included corralling a pack of speed demons, towing in a vintage Chris Craft that lost its prop, and finishing off the season by stopping off at a wedding filled with some current staff and alums.
With the boat entering its 57th season of service, I’ve only been a small part of her history. We have had some great stories, some funny stories (somehow made it to the Tahoe show without leaving Wisconsin), and some tragic ones. Such is the life of a patrol boat. Looking forward to this season, we will do our best to keep the lake safe and Boat #1 will be a key part of our mission.
One of the things you can do to keep your loved ones and your lake safe, is to “Clip Before You Dip.” If you or your loved ones are going to be jumping in, please consider wearing a personal flotation device (PFD). The new ones are lightweight, less bulky, but when worn make all the difference in the world. Of the 25 fatalities on Wisconsin waters last year, a properly worn PFD could have made a difference in a majority of them.
Safe Boaters are Strong Boaters and the Strongest Boaters are WoodyBoaters.
See you all on the water.
Geneva Lake Water Safety Patrol
They had #1 on display for the Lake Geneva International Show several years ago. I was very impressed with the boat and their program. I didn’t remember the Plymouth steering wheel. Same as Chris Craft used on Cobras and Continentals.
Yes, I love Mr. B, especially after meeting him in person, but this is the kind of story that keeps me coming back to WoodyBoater.
Assume you had a successful (trouble free?) trip back. Looking forward to a write up. Basically, you’ve done 1/3 of “the Loop”.
In case you were wondering (from their web site): “Boat #1 was custom built by local boat builder Bill Budych with assistance from Dude Assman, specifically for the Water Safety Patrol. This classic wooden boat is the perfect blend of tradition and modern practicality. Often confused for a Hacker Craft, Boat #1 was custom designed by Budych who based the plans on a Hacker, but then modified them to meet the needs of the Patrol including the stresses and hard pounding that would be required for Patrol work. The modifications included a beefed-up, double-hull design with 3/4″ planking (instead of 1/4″ or 1/2″), extra rib supports throughout the hull, reinforced ribs and joists at stress points, and twin-engine configuration.”
Floyd, that’s some really cool construction detail. That thing is a battleship!
Boat #1 preparing to lead the 2010 ACBS Geneva Lake show parade. Please excuse the photo quality – it’s a screenshot from a video I took with the Canon PowerShot I had back then.
The Scarab on Baywatch has nothing on this! ….well…er…. Pam Anderson aside…
Another screenshot from the same video.
Great story! It’s good to know that there is dedicated people out there looking out for boaters, and doing it in style👍
I have to add that this is one of my new favorite headers!!!
I can almost hear those twins rumbling!
It is always amazing to me to see how much of the boat rides out of the water in a pic like this!
Cool looking boat. I can’t help but notice that the Water Safety Patrol doesn’t wear life jackets. I don’t see any readily accessible PFDs onboard the boats either.