Balehi M a r i n e Delivers Two O f f s h o r e Crewboats

The E.B.B. Company of Golden Meadow, La., recently took delivery of the crewboats Lady June and Lady Blackie from Balehi Marine, Inc., Lacombe, La. These 86-foot vessels, powered by Detroit Diesel engines, are two in a series of four servicing the Louisiana coast for owners Eugene Bagala and Milton Egle.

Driving a pair of Doran-Alabama, fourbladed bronze wheels, each hull reached a speed of 12 knots on sea trials, according to naval architect David P. Levy.

The Lady Blackie's versatility is extended to firefighting utilizing a pair of Arkon combination fog and straight stream fire monitors.

Both boats are equipped with stainlesssteel tailshafts and rudder stocks, and with Johnson Cutless stern bearings. Fuel oil capacities are 21,380 gallons aft and 7,650 gallons forward; drilling water capacity is 1,000 gallons.

Pilothouse electronics include a Sitex Model 20 radar, Motorola Model 440 Nautilus VHF radio, and Drake Model TRM-12 SSB radio, all accessible while sitting in a customdesigned swivel armchair.

Woodwork and cabinetry are of teak and mahogany plywood. The teak is finished with teak oil, the mahogany is stained and coated with six coats of marine varnish yielding a yacht-like finish.

The Lady Blackie, on standby for Chevron Oil Company, is captained by Austusio Mejia, a 20-year man f o r E.B.B., and relieved by his son David Mejia. Capt. Noles Bouffanie, 15 years with E.B.B., pilots the Lady June; he is relieved by Capt. David Seven, another 15-year veteran.

E.B.B. Company's other vessels include crewboats 80-foot Lady Betty, and Lady Joan and Lady May, both 65 feet.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 20,  May 1980 A.J. Zuehlke

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