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Visitors Tour Rescue Boat During USCG Station Open House


The U.S. Coast Guard opened up its station on Canal Road to the public Friday for its annual open house in conjunction with National Safe Boating Week.

Senior Chief Wayne Spritka says both the community and the Coast Guard members benefit from the event.

Visitors toured the "45" (pictured above), a 45-foot Rescue Boat Medium (RBM) which does not have a steering wheel. Instead, the navigator steers the vessel using two joysticks. With seating for six passengers and four operators, the 45 can travel 40+ knots on the water driven by two impellers.

Fireman Schink demonstrates how the navigator would work the joysticks to steer the "45". Schink is the engineer when the rescue boat is out on a mission and sits directly behind the navigator. He says the two-year-old vessel is built to right itself if it were ever to rollover on rough seas.


Also on hand were the Door County Dive Team, Wisconsin DNR and Sturgeon Bay Fire Department boats.

Kathy Haegele, right, and the USCG Auxiliary's robotic, talking boat "Coastie" talk to kids about wearing a life jacket whenever they are on a boat. "Coastie" travels to different parts of the area to spread the word to children about safe boating.


As part of National Safe Boating Week, the Coast Guard Auxiliary advocates attending a boating safety course. They will be offering a class in Sister Bay June 22 and 23 from 12:30-6 p.m. both days. To register, contact Kathy Haegele at 920-327-1677 or


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