Floating machine shop relocation planned


Suzanne Ashe

The 99-year old Piston & Rudder floating machine shop will soon be moved out of the North Harbor, to its new home at the shipyard.

The North Harbor community will soon say goodbye to the 99-year-old, red and white, floating machine shop that has serviced thousands of boat engines over the decades.

Piston & Rudder Service is relocating the 1,040 square-foot former barge next to the old Petersburg Shipwrights, which is now owned and operated by Piston & Rudder.

The company employs 17 workers and services more than 300 boat engines per year, said Piston & Rudder Service majority owner Mike Luhr.

“We deal with boats on the haul out, as well as, boats with simple hydraulic repair [and] more complicated engine repairs,”...

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