Goodtime III

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Cleveland's iconic Goodtime III is out of the water and in dry dock for a winter overhaul. (Jordan Kit, Goodtime III)

The Goodtime III is a staple on Cleveland’s lakefront.

But this fall, Great Lakes Ship Yard in Cleveland used a 770-ton mobile Travelift to haul the massive cruiser out of the water, as it is every five years, for inspection, painting and repairs.

The 500-ton ship was built in 1990 in Jennings, Louisiana, by LeVac Shipyards and has a capacity of 1,000 passengers total. According to the company, she carries 4,600 gallons of potable drinking water, 6,500 gallons of fuel and 5,000 gallons for wastewater.

The U.S. Coast Guard inspected the hull and through-hull fittings with an ultrasonic thickness gauge to make sure there were no thin spots that needed to be cut away and replaced with new steel.

“We work very closely with a team of inspectors from the Cleveland Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Unit to make sure we are shipshape for the next 5 year cycle and beyond,” said Captain Jordan Kit.

The important part of the process was a new coat of paint for the bottom of the ship, which extends the life of a ship.

“Just about everything below the water line was coated with the invasive zebra mussels and had to be pressure washed away,” Kit said. Crews sandblasted the hull down to bare steel than applied several coats of epoxy and anti-fouling paint from Sherwin Williams.

The Goodtime also upgraded its bow thruster and two main propellers for a smoother ride.

The boat was lowered back into the water last week, and the ship will spend the winter in North Coast Harbor.

See what the ship looks like out of Lake Erie.

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