New tugboat on the local market
Well, another old Army LT tug has come on the market here in Seattle while I am unable to afford to buy it. I suspect that it is still a little overpriced at $85k, so hopefully I can concentrate on making some money while the price drops, but before they end up selling it.
While they certailny were not built for comfort, they were overbuilt like just about any other military vehicle, and with some modifications it can become a comfortable yacht/home that can even operate fairly economically (for a 107' boat, that is). One of the local retired LTs has replace the big old 80,000 pound Enterprise Diesel with a much smaller modern Cat diesel. With this new setup they get in the range of a couple of miles per gallon at a slow cruise speed. After all, there isn't exactly any need to push around battleships anymore.
If you check out this modified LT you can see how nice they can be fixed up, after all, there is a fair amount of room in a 107 foot boat. Since there isn't any need for all the tow gear, they extended the superstructure back onto the work deck, and extended the captains cabin on the top dec as well.
Of course, if I had the money, I would have loved to go for the Saint Anthony and old Canadian Navy ocean rescue tug. What a beautiful boat that is! She even has an ice breaker hull!
And the more the shrub and his cronies screw up this country, they more appealing it is to have such a mobile home. A few thousand dollars of fuel and I'm moved to some nice south pacific island.