Posted Friday, February 20, 2009
MIAMI, FLORIDA, February 12, 2009 - In a ceremony attended by editors and writers from more than 50 marine magazines at the
Miami International Boat Show, Bob Donat of Interlux Yacht Finishes today presented the hard working kids of Sea Scout Ship
41 of Bay Village, Ohio a check for $30,000 as the national winners of the INTERLUX WATERFRONT CHALLENGE.
Led by Mr. Richard Gash, the boys and girls of Sea Scout Ship #41, were judged the overall winner for the work they did
designing, testing, redesigning and then re-testing a series of imaginative flotsam scoops for cleaning debris from their local
waterways. Their goal was to create a light weight, inexpensive scoop with a minimum number of moving parts that could be handled
easily by one person, whether on a boat or on land. The end result exceeded their ambitious goals.
Aboard their flagship, Mariner, a 36 foot ketch, they carried out trials in Lake Erie at the Spitzer Lakeside Marina. The scouts
learned about their local waters, about environmental problems, about the nature of design and manufacturing and most importantly
about the joy of doing something well that benefits the entire community.
Working with generous support from a variety of local businesses, with aluminum donated by Brown Campbell and expertise provided by
the Mansfield Structural Company, a local machine shop, the scouts were able to design many prototypes, have them fabricated
and learn what worked and what did not. Returning frequently to the design boards, they emerged with a brilliant set of tools
that met their original goals.
In addition, the Sea Scouts educated the community about crucial environmental issues at their booth in the Lake Erie Marine Trade
Association show and through internet blogs (waterfrontchallenge.blogspot.com) along with videos they
uploaded to You Tube (Sea Scout Ship 41 Interlux Waterfront Challenge).
Mr. Gash said “I’m so proud of what these kids accomplished. They learned about ecology, team work, manufacture, design and what a
difference they can make personally in cleaning up Lake Erie. And, they had a ball. We all did. Anybody who wants to make their
own version of our scoop can get in touch with me for design information by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
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