Boats in Alaska serve much more of a purpose than in the lower 48. For many
The first boat that was purchased for the RAM ministry was a small inflatable boat with a small outboard motor to place inside of airplanes to be flown to remote airstrips and then travel short distances from that point to other villages along the river that did not have a runway. If you fill the entire boat with fuel cans and only take two people with a backpack, this boat has a range of
Since I retired from the military we have the benefit of being able to rent a boat from the army base in Fairbanks. Even though this boat served the great purpose of getting us to a few more locations, it still only has a 200 miles of range with minimal previsions for no more than 4 people. Early in the first summer, we quickly realized its limitations. After the first summer of using this rental boat we realized its limitations as well. So for the last two summers of using the rental boat in conjunction with our inflatable boat, we have sought funding for a long-range, shallow running, jet driven, river boat that would be large enough to accommodate my entire family and have a range of several hundred miles without having to refuel. Take a look at The Wooldridge Boat to learn more about how this boat was built. We are convinced that this will quickly become our favorite asset in the RAM ministry for summer travel.