TICONDEROGA – R.A. White Construction’s newly launched Lake George barge is keeping busy this spring.
The barge is 38 by 12 feet, weighs 25,000 pounds and runs on twin 150-horsepower Yamaha outboard motors, carrying a 14,000-pound crane that extends 29 feet.
The work barge, named Lake George Lifter, launched from Mossy Point Boat Launch on Black Point Road in Ticonderoga.
Owner, designer and builder Rick White said the barge has proven to be of great use to them.
“Our company is expanding into the water, lake-shore construction for docks and other construction activities.”
The barge was recently in use at Snug Harbor Marina in Ticonderoga to repair its boat launch ramp, he said.
“The weather wasn’t very cooperative, but that didn’t stop us.”
Small Business Development Center adviser Tony Searing has been working with White.
“It’s so busy on the lake, and he’s doing custom docks, shoreline work,” Searing said. “He’s building custom docks and taking them out in the spring on the barge.
"They built the barge from scratch themselves.”
White’s firm operates year-round, Searing said.
“He saw the opportunity to do docks. He realized if he had a barge, he could expand.”
The barge can be transported where it’s needed, Searing said.
“They did a great job with it,” he said. “The pilothouse folds down. They can move it to Lake Champlain, Lake Placid if they need to.
"It’s really a cool thing.”
NEW LOCAL JOBS
Currently, they're working on U-shaped docks with the Sundecks firm down in lower Lake George, R.A. White Office Manager Tricia King said.
White is trying to find employees now, Searing said, for jobs created by the addition of the barge.
“Since the addition of the new barge we are now hiring to add to our existing staff,” White said.
"We’re currently accepting applications for laborers and carpenters.”