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Irish Boat Shop to open TC location

TRAVERSE CITY — Irish Boat Shop will create a third location this year.

“We will open another Irish Boat Shop in Traverse City,” said Michael Esposito, president of Irish Boat Shop, which operates shops in Harbor Springs and Charlevoix.

“We haven’t purchased that building, but we are leasing it,” he said of the Waterfront Conference Center, 2035 U.S. 31 in East Bay Township.

An Irish Boat Shop sign appeared on the bayfront property a few days ago.

“We are very excited to be on the water, which is unusual down there,” Esposito said, referring to area marine businesses.

“That location is there, but we’re still formatting how that will work.”

He and company owner Dave Irish still are considering what segments of the marine business the Traverse City operation will entail. It will begin existence, said Esposito, as a boat and marine sales outlet with Boston Whaler and Nautique brands.

Irish Boat Shop launched in Harbor Springs in 1961. It added the Charlevoix location in 1971. Both those locations offer sales, service, dockage, storage and related services.


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Bay Area man accused of pirating 350-ton tugboat yacht

Sausalito police arrested a man on suspicion of stealing a 350-ton former Army tugboat that has been converted to a yacht.

The incident occurred Monday morning, when the Coast Guard responded to reports that the 107-foot boat was adrift in Richardson Bay. The Coast Guard boarded the boat and found Douglass Crandall on board.

The Coast Guard turned Crandall over to police after he gave suspicious answers about why the tugboat was loose in the bay, said Sausalito police Lt. Bill Fraass.

Police determined that Crandall was the man who was shooed off the boat the previous day by a neighbor at the Sausalito Yacht Harbor. The tugboat is moored at the end of a pier at the marina.

Police suspect that Crandall, a transient known to live on boats anchored in Richardson Bay, returned to the harbor on Monday and cut the boat loose, Fraass said.

For reasons unclear to police, Crandall allegedly jumped into the water and swam out to board the tugboat. Police also allege that Crandall broke a window on the boat.

Crandall, 48, was booked into Marin County Jail on theft and vandalism allegations. He remained in custody Tuesday in lieu of $15,000 bail.

The Coast Guard pushed the tugboat back to the pier.

The boat, named Owatanna, is on the market for $1.5 million through Oceanic Yacht Sales. According to the brokerage, it was built in 1955 for the Korean War but it was never deployed. The Army gave it to the Navy in 1964 and it was used at the Concord Naval Weapons Station.

The Navy sold it to a private owner in the 1990s, and it was redesigned as a four-bedroom yacht.

“It’s just pretty silly,” the broker, Rick Peterson, said of the alleged theft. “There’s nothing you can do to hide a big boat like that, and no one of our generation knows how to start the darn thing. It’s a pretty silly operation, frankly.”


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Sausalito man accused of stealing 350-ton tugboat



Sausalito police allege that Douglass Crandall tried to steal the 107-foot tugboat yacht Owatanna from the Sausalito Yacht Harbor on Jan. 22.
Photo courtesy of Oceanic Yacht Sales




Sausalito police arrested a man on suspicion of stealing a 350-ton former Army tugboat that has been converted to a yacht.

The incident occurred Monday morning, when the Coast Guard responded to reports that the 107-foot boat was adrift in Richardson Bay. The Coast Guard boarded the boat and found Douglass Crandall on board.

The Coast Guard turned Crandall over to police after he gave suspicious answers about why the tugboat was loose in the bay, said Sausalito police Lt. Bill Fraass.

Police determined that Crandall was the man who was shooed off the boat the previous day by a neighbor at the Sausalito Yacht Harbor. The tugboat is moored at the end of a pier at the marina.

Police suspect that Crandall, a transient known to live on boats anchored in Richardson Bay, returned to the harbor on Monday and cut the boat loose, Fraass said.

For reasons unclear to police, Crandall allegedly jumped into the water and swam out to board the tugboat. Police also allege that Crandall broke a window on the boat.

Crandall, 48, was booked into Marin County Jail on theft and vandalism allegations. He remained in custody Tuesday in lieu of $15,000 bail.

The Coast Guard pushed the tugboat back to the pier.

The boat, named Owatanna, is on the market for $1.5 million through Oceanic Yacht Sales. According to the brokerage, it was built in 1955 for the Korean War but it was never deployed. The Army gave it to the Navy in 1964 and it was used at the Concord Naval Weapons Station.

The Navy sold it to a private owner in the 1990s, and it was redesigned as a four-bedroom yacht.

“It’s just pretty silly,” the broker, Rick Peterson, said of the alleged theft. “There’s nothing you can do to hide a big boat like that, and no one of our generation knows how to start the darn thing. It’s a pretty silly operation, frankly.”


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