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Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 12:07 am, Thu May 16, 2013.

"To Lady Lola," went the happy toast on Wednesday at Hagadone Marina.

The occasion was a celebration of the launch of the wooden tender formerly belonging to the 205-foot Lady Lola. A tender is a small boat that ferries passengers between ship and shore when a ship is anchored in a harbor.

The tender's new owners, Rob Newell of Black Hawk Capital Managers and Jon Aune of Whitehawk LLC, were thrilled with their purchase of the 28-foot, torpedo-style craft - especially the fact that it has put in at ports from Gibraltar to Galapagos.

"What I love is the rich history of the boat," Newell said. "It's been all over the world with the Lady Lola, you know. And yes, we will keep the Lady Lola name. It's a tradition."

The tender had recently been fully refurbished at The Resort Boat Shop at a cost of $100,000, according to general manager Craig Brosenne.

"It took five months to do the job," he said. "We sanded it down to the bare wood; removed the chrome and re-chromed it; remanufactured the engines; replaced the gauges and then finished it with 15 coats of varnish. Saltwater is hard on boats."

Aune was pleased with the results. "It definitely looks a lot better in the water," he said, laughing.

"When we first saw it," Newell said, "It was full of potential - ready to be brought back to life."

The tender will be docked in front of Newell's office in the Bellerive development near Riverstone. He said he will use it to take clients around the lake.

Newell's wife, Martha, said she hoped to be able to just enjoy some lazy days riding around the lake.

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  • Cdajon posted at 2:45 pm on Sat, May 18, 2013.

    Cdajon Posts: 362

    It will be sold soon.. For much less.

  • wheels1 posted at 9:06 am on Fri, May 17, 2013.

    wheels1 Posts: 391

    Having a partner in a boat would be like trying to please two wives simultaneously.Good luck with that.

  • efromm posted at 9:59 am on Thu, May 16, 2013.

    efromm Posts: 653

    That's a nice looking piece of wood. Little spend y for me. Only boat I can afford is the little bath tub boats at the toy store. Boy this town changed over the years. I bet 20 years ago they would have thought twice driving that boat on the lake with all the dead heads and loose bark floating around. It's a lot better now for boating with all the saw mills gone. Thanks Clinton....

  • Cdajon posted at 6:23 am on Thu, May 16, 2013.

    Cdajon Posts: 362

    Hype is worth a lot and Duane is good at that. Good job D... You soaked these guys.

  • idahoguy posted at 5:59 am on Thu, May 16, 2013.

    idahoguy Posts: 932

    Now who said the economy was terrible, there were not many good jobs around and people were going hungry. Silly little boy just become a lackey and learn to paint lacquer on these fat cats pointless toys ;-)..

    It makes my heart so happy to see those folks getting press time enjoying the fruits of their so hard labor.

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