After nearly a month being dry docked by Hurricane Irene, the Belle of Washington was carefully brought back to water today.
The 85-foot dinner cruise boat was moored in Broad Creek during Hurricane Irene, but it broke free. When the water went down the boat was squarely stuck on top of a person's dock.
Workers secured the boat with lifts and then removed the dock beneath it. After a two hour process, the boat was finally back in the water before 1:00 p.m.
After a Coast Guard inspection the Belle was moved under its own power to its home at the Washington waterfront. Damage to the boat was minimal.
The Belle of Washington dinner cruise boat is in position to be set back in the water, but crews will wait a few more days to do it.
Friday morning they removed the small pier that the 85-foot boat had been perched on after hurricane Irene blew through. The boat has been lowered a foot or so above the water, allowing the owners to get on board and inspect it this weekend. Those working on it still can't believe their eyes.
"This is a first. I dare say I probably won't live long enough to see this happen again. It's very unusual to have a boat get up on a pier like that. Even after we were removing the pier it was amazing how it balanced itself on those small pieces of pylon." said Tobin Tetterton with TJ's Marine Construction.
Tetterton says his crew has taken extra time to get it right. He expects the boat to be in the water Monday.
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