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Private boat ramp comes to Scow Bay

 

August 30, 2018

Brian Varela / Petersburg Pilot

John Murgas, owner of Petersburg Marine, tests the new ramp with a demonstration of his self propelled hydraulic trailer. Manufactured by Hostar, Murgas helped design the trailer for the type of vessels he handles. A diesel engine drives a hydraulic pump and, through hydraulic lines, reaches each of the wheels' hydraulic motor. Murgas and his crew are always arguing over who gets to drive it. "We try to take turns, but everyone cheats," said Murgas.

On Saturday, Petersburg Marine celebrated the opening of its new boat ramp in Scow Bay with a barbecue and a demonstration of its self propelled hydraulic trailer.

In Scow Bay, there is a public use boat ramp, but it can be difficult to launch and bring in a boat when winds are blowing Southwest, said John Murgas, owner of Petersburg Marine.

The new ramp takes advantage of a bank of dirt that extends into the water, which has been in place for over 38 years. In the area where the ramp has been built, the waters are calm and has some shelter from the wind, said Murgas.

"It's an ideal plac...



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