Brightline -- a private boat launch from SPI
“Brightline” 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. “Brightline” 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.
10AM, 12PM, 2PM, 4PM, 6PM
10:30AM, 12:30PM, 2:30PM, 4:30PM, 6:30PM
Captain Ken Stackpole
A US Coast Guard licensed Captain since 2006, Ken brings more than 30 years of boating experience to the waterfront. Born and raised in West Gardiner, Maine, Captain Ken was a firefights/paramedic for 25 years until retiring in 2009. He moved to Florida in 2010 to enjoy retirement; but rwill eturn to Maine every summer. His son Ken Jr. serves in the United States Navy.