“The boat’s owner has another yacht on the lake; he is upgrading,” said Reveshia Erts, co-owner with husband, Andy, of Erts Trucking Inc., Ocala, Fla. Their firm transported the larger yacht from Vonore, Tenn.
Erts said it took two large trucks to bring the yacht to Lake Cumberland. The superstructure was taken off and hauled on one truck and the body of the vessel was brought on another truck.
“We got here Saturday,” said Erts. “We are not familiar with Lake Cumberland; we researched all weekend and talked with local people and were told this (ramp at General Burnside Island State Park) is the only viable ramp on the lake to launch a boat this size.
The launching ramp, extended when the lake was lowered, is 350 feet long and ends in deep water; This depth currently exists even though the lake is about 31 feet below normal pool stage at the tree line.
“It took all weekend to put the boat back together,” Erts said. Two large cranes were necessary to lift the superstructure back atop the yacht.
Launching was tricky. A large wrecker was used to anchor the truck backing the yacht into the water “ ... so it won’t go in the water too fast,” Erts explained.
Once in the water, the yacht traveled under its own power around the island to nearby Burnside Marina. “It’s here ... it got here safely,” a marina spokeswoman said Wednesday morning.
“After odds and ends are taken care of, the boat will be taken to a home port near Jamestown,” said Erts. Her company will remove the owner’s old boat now on the lake.
The big yacht was built in Pulaski, Wisconsin “ ... quite a coincidence that it was launched in Pulaski County, Kentucky,” Erts said.
The previous owner had the boat on the Tellico River, near Knoxville.