Private Boat Launch
“Bright Line” comes from Old Port Marine, the master shipbuilder of this type of watercraft. Old Port started in 1984 when Mike Muessel and Ron Ackman decided a purpose-built launch should replace the old wallowy, under powered boats then in service. Basing their design on a 25’ workboat, the Old Port Launch is a 25’10” long, 9’2” beam and 3-foot draft workhorse.
Dispatch, the prototype launched in 1984 had logged more than 14,000 hours by 1990; her sister Tango had put in more than 10,000. They even made the run from Newport to Block Island across the choppy mouth of Narragansett Bay. As of May 2005, there were 123 Old Port Launches in service in harbors up and down the coasts. “Bright Line” is hull #44, a classic built in 1990.
She’s just as accommodating and familiar, as launches go – with the driver’s stand-up center console, the teak rails, the trusty fenders deployed to keep her hand-laminated hull shiny and USCG certified to carry 4500 pounds of seersucker and silk or Henri Lloyd-clad cargo, in style.
And, don’t worry about making a reservation. As a private launch, the access is limited to SPI guests and members only. On the day of your intended departure, just stop by or call the front desk.
10AM, 12PM, 2PM, 4PM, 6PM
10:30AM, 12:30PM, 2:30PM, 4:30PM, 6:30PM