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Old 13 May 2009, 11:11   #1
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Military Boat Info??

Having some fun around Thunder Bay!! We have a USN SEAL team in for training and it is quite a hoot!!

Yesterday Lake Huron was flat calm…Until they hit the water!!!

What do these guys use for boats?!?!? What kind of power? I didn't see any identifiable markings on them.

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Old 13 May 2009, 21:06   #2
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I imagine that some of your countrymen will chime in here, but I would imagine they might use Willards or USMI...

Did it look like one of these puppies?

http://www.willardmarine.com/pdf/WillardEnforcer11m.pdf
http://www.usmi.com/11meterNSWRIB.htm

Up here in Canada, our Navy uses a Zodiac Hurricane I believe. They might even have a couple of them now...

As an aside Jeff, when you first surfaced here, I assumed you were from Thunder Bay, Ontario, but I see we're practically neighbors... maybe we should meet out in the middle of Lake Huron for a pint sometime....

Meet you about N45 9.290 W82 28.217 ?
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USN SEALS seem to have a very wide range of boats. Being SpecOps, they have pretty good funding, and seem to use it pretty efficiently, and they're not limited to the normal government large contract purchases.

The end result is they end up with a lot of small buys of whatever looks like will work for what they need at the moment.

Just an opinion, but based on what I see, I think it's pretty accurate.

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I will see if I can get a better look at them. Looks like the USMI.

One of the operators was saying that they accidently dropped one from 2,500ft when a strap broke from a Heli and it only required minimal repair and they were off and running.
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Stoo,

At what depth?

Should I bring the doubles?
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Pics!?!?!?!

I'll try but I don't want to get shot!!

They had a guy guarding the tow vehicles that had a hood on with a side arm.
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Stoo,

At what depth?

Should I bring the doubles?
LOL... I don't know there would be much to look at there... let's start up top! I've often thought of taking a run straight across to Alpena but it's a pretty good hike! We are planning a trip over to Mackinaw and Whitefish this summer... we really should stop off in your neighborhood. We generally get there from the Soo, but we could keep coming south.

I'm hoping to get on the Windiate this year too, but it's a long way out and I have rotten luck with weather usually~
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Old 15 May 2009, 10:18   #8
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Oh Stoo.....

Oh Stoo,

You haven't heard of the new one?!?!

The Spangler! Documented last year.

So now there is the Windiate, Spangler, Defiance and Florida all in the same general vicinity.

I made the run in my 14ft Achilles last year.

Here are some teaser pics for you.

Here I am hijacking my own post.

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Old 15 May 2009, 10:21   #9
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More teasers

Here you go.

The bow shot is the Florida. Photo courtesy of NOAA
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The bow shot is too large to post.

Sorry, it is VERY impressive!

Send me your email and I can get it to you.
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