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Old 08-03-2007, 12:07 PM
Steve Huffman Steve Huffman is offline
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Location: Ohio River Mile 545.9
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All vessels need regular maintenance. For commercial ventures like the DQ, it is up to the owners to maintain the vessel in operating order. There will always be the occasional mechanical problem on any vessel. The DQ has and will pass Coast Guard inspections with proper maintenance. The bigger issue is making sure that the SOLAS exemption is in place so that the fruits of routine maintenance will be worthwhile, and the vessel will be allowed to operate legally as an overnight passenger vessel.

You do have a point that it may take a new owner to appreciate the extra maintenance needs, but a new owner will also need the SOLAS exemption first and foremost.....
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