b'MEMBER NEWS:All-Electric Glass Bottom Tour BoatMEMBER NEWSS incethelate1800s,glass-bottom boatshavebeenafeatureofSilver SpringsStatePark,Fla.,off ering visitors a breathtaking view of underwater life, Native American and Spanish artifacts, and old props from the parks days as a site for Hollywood productions. Until now, the vessels have never been able to accommodate visitors in wheelchairs. This June,PVA Associate Member St. Johns Ship Building, Palatka, Florida, delivered aThis is a grand day for me. Now, no,,36\'7"x12\'x14"totallyelectric,wheelchair-accessibleglass-bottomtourboattotheone will be left behind on the dock FloridaDepartmentofEnvironmental,,Protection.Inkeepingwiththeparkshere at Silver Springs State Parktraditionofnamingtheirglass-bottomPAULA RUSSOboats for chiefs of the Seminole tribe, the vesselwasnamedChiefPotackeeBettyBOARD MEMBER EMERITUS FOR THE FLORIDA STATE PARKS FOUNDATIONMaeTigerJumperaftertheonlyfemale Seminole chief. The new Chief Potackee Betty Mae Tiger Jumper is a wheelchair-accessible, Designed by PVA Associate MemberLayglass-bottom boat in Silver Springs State Park, Fla. Credit: St Johns Ship BuildingPitman&Associates,thenewaluminum boatwascommissionedbythenonprofi t Florida State Parks Foundation and features a fl at deck and spacious aisles, providing easy access for visitors in wheelchairs. It can carry USCG-Certied Light-Weightup to 28 passengers and two crewmembers, Aluminum Honeycomb Panelsand hasa 12" draft. The vessel is also equipped withaninduction-loopsystemthatassists for Passenger Ferries passengers using hearing aids in listening to the captain\'s narration.decorative | durable | functional Thisisagranddayforme.Now,noone rigidized.com/markets/marine will be left behind on the dock here at Silver Springs State Park, said Paula Russo, a board member emeritus for the Florida State Parks Foundation, at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the vessel. Russo, who uses a wheelchair herself, was instrumental in getting the new, accessible vessel built.The boat is powered by twin 20-hpElcoelectric outboardswithfour Lithionics 7.5kW lithium-ion batteries. The outboards are fi xed with 8" diameter 3-bladed props with a 9.25 pitch. The propulsion package gives the vessel a running speed of 10 knots. Controls are by Elco, steering system fromSeaStar. The ships servicepowercomesfromtwoLithionics lithium-ion 7.5-kW batteries.658 Ohio Street | Buffalo, NY 14203 | marine@rigidized.comMEMBER NEWS 34 FOGHORN'