Minnesota Park Gets MDI-designed Boat



SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Naval architect Steve Hudson recently had a project based on his original design come to life and get put to work in one of America’s national parks.

 

Voyageur, originally designed by Steve Hudson of Oak Hill Marine in Southwest Harbor, will serve as a tour boat in Voyageur National Park in Minnesota.— OAK HILL MARINE
Voyageur, originally designed by Steve Hudson of Oak Hill Marine in Southwest Harbor, will serve as a tour boat in Voyageur National Park in Minnesota.— OAK HILL MARINE

The Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota needed a boat to take people on tours around the main lake of the park, Rainy Lake. The park is primarily a water-based preserve. The park is used by people mostly for fishing and boating. There are a few hiking trails but its primary use is for watersports.

“The last guy who was running tours sold his boat so they didn’t have anything. So they needed a boat,” said Mr. Hudson. “The business wasn’t good enough to survive on their own so the park contracted with a yard in Massachusetts to build the boat and I got the job designing it. That was back in 2003.”

Besieged by economic hardship, the company originally contracted to build the boat ran into some difficulties and went bankrupt.

“The project stopped. The boat was designed, but no boat. The park had to regroup and the project died for a couple of years,” Mr. Hudson said. “Then, in 2007, I was contacted by the park service to see if I could bring the design up to date, get the documents together for the boat to be built. ”

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