HOT SPRINGS, AR - Talk about heavy lifting. D&E Housemoving lifts the Belle of Hot Springs out of Lake Hamilton each year for a routine U.S. Coast Guard inspection.
The all-metal, riverboat-style vessel that caters to tourists weighs 160 tons, or about 320,000 pounds...three times what a typical house would weigh.
D&E usually pulls the boat out on a ramp, but this year the ramps were under mud because of a drawdown on the lake. Still, D&E expects to have the boat out of the water by inspection time tomorrow.