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Boat mechanic gives new life for burned-out houseboat

By Pamela A. Keene 
 
Boat mechanic Tony Cato knows how to turn lemons into lemonade. When a houseboat burned at Port Royale Marina last fall, he saw it as an opportunity to add a 73-foot working boat to his stable of business offerings. 
 
The 1992 Lazy Days boat’s upper structure has been demolished and Cato has recreated it into a large platform with new decking and an 8-ton Knuckleboom crane. He added a steering station at the rear. “It gives me great visibility and we’re been able to use it to move docks and lift engines. It’s great for pulling generators and engines without having to haul the boats out. It’s real versatile.”
 
He has also offered it to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to use as a platform for investigations, search and recoveries on the lake and can make it available to other organizations and businesses around the lake.
 
Cato, owner of Cato Marine mobile marine service, has been in the boat maintenance and repair business for more than two decades on Lake Lanier. With the purchase and renovation of the new work  boat, he now offers dock services.
 
“We got the boat at the end of October and floated it in early January,” he said. “Now we’re fine tuning, adding creature comforts and fitting it out for the season. It’s one of the longest work boats on the lake.” 
 
For more information, call Cato Marine at 770 596-9639.

Posted online 3/30/18
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