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September 9, 2013 at 10:24 PM

Fireboat Alki sale finalized to Skagit County business owners

Seattle sold the 86-year-old fireboat Alki to two Skagit County business-owners, who want to keep the boat in the Northwest as a historical artifact. The boat will be moved on Friday, Sept. 13. (City of Seattle)

Seattle sold the 86-year-old fireboat Alki to two Skagit County business owners, who want to keep the boat in the Northwest as a historical artifact. The boat will be moved to its new home in La Conner on Friday. (City of Seattle)

The sale of Seattle’s 86-year-old fireboat, Alki, which the city auctioned off last month, was finalized Monday.

The buyers, longtime La Conner residents and business-owners Ken Gunersen and Ron Rennebohm, announced that the boat would be moved to its new home in Skagit County.

The buyers, who bought the boat for more than $25,000, said the vessel will be used for “festivals, parades and (as a) showpiece for both public and private events in the area.”

In a weeklong online auction in March, the Alki attracted a high bid of $71,100, but the seller backed out before a contract could be finalized. One obstacle to the sale, city officials said, was the lack of a recent survey report on the condition and worth of the vessel.

Seattle lost over $10,000 in the sale — the city had spent more than $35,000 to get the boat ready for the  second auction.

In a statement, Gundersen called the purchase a “momentous acquisition for our community” and said he hopes “to keep this great Seattle legend in the Pacific Northwest area for future generations to enjoy.”

The Alki will be moved from Seattle to La Conner at 7 a.m. Friday.

Comments | Topics: fireboat alki, Ken Gunersen, La Conner


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