“Apparently they want people to hear them and when they’re out there, they want their presence known, for whatever reason. We tried to give them a silent boat and they sent it back and said, ‘Nope. We need a loud exhaust.'”

— Scott Freeman, of Virginia-based Poseidon Tactical Marine, describing why the fan boat his company built as a prototype rescue vessel for a U.S. Coast Guard is so loud. Freeman brought the boat to Belfast on Monday, Aug. 15, in hopes of having more of them manufactured here.