Group says it has enough money to bid for tour boat

NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) A Vermont nonprofit says it has enough money to buy a tour boat scheduled to go up for auction, but it is looking for more donations in case the auction is competitive.

The Caledonian-Record reports Memphremagog Community Maritime says it can place a bid for the Northern Star which will be auctioned for an estimated $400,000.

If it wins the auction, the group wants to use the boat for cruises and turn it into a floating museum and school.

Chris Johansen bought the boat and brought it from Lake Champlain to Lake Memphremagog five years ago. He says he was forced to close the tour due to bad weather.

The auction is scheduled to take place at the Newport city dock on Oct. 26.

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10/6/2018 1:06:13 PM (GMT -4:00)