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Man unveils plans for authentic canal packet boat

by TSchmitt
Wed, Nov 30th 2011 09:32 am

A local businessman who says he's become fascinated by Erie Canal history unveiled his plans for a 19th century packet boat that he'll fund himself and build this winter.

Michael Weekes gave a presentation at the Erie Canal Discovery Center on Tuesday, showing plans for a 36-foot long cruiser that he says he'll live on next summer. Although the boat will be privately funded, Weekes has said he will invite the public to come aboard for rides.

Weekes said his project isn't intended to make any money, it's just a hobby that he's hoping to take to the next level. Weekes said the average speed of the boat will be just four miles an hour, and added that he'll be looking for volunteers to help with the project. Those interested can call 517-7957 ...


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