Our Under Water Equipment

Watch for our exciting plans to build submarines out of old propane tanks.  We are looking for a metal shop and naval architecture students from area high schools who are willing to design and build our new fleet of subs in exchange for school credit. 

We are also excited to announce a new plan to provide mini-subs as an alternate way to avoid the Grand Haven drawbridge.   You can find more details on our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Grand-Haven-Whale-Watching-928209533856332/

Everyone who comments on this page or shares our Facebook post by Friday at 11:59 p.m. will be entered for a free Grand Haven Whale Watching sticker (winners will be notified by Monday, May 6).


Our propane tank storage yard in Grand Haven Township.

We are excited to announce the acquisition of more than 350 propane tanks that have been deemed unsafe for propane storage.  We will re-purpose these tanks to create the world-largest fleet of personal submarines made out of old propane tanks.

Timing is critical on this project because Grand Haven Township officials are claiming storage of these tanks in a residential area is a violation of their zoning ordinance (we plan to fight this all the way to the supreme court if necessary).

Important update:  We are expecting to move these tanks from their former holding yard in Grand Haven Township (they have been a real pain to work with) to the parking lot of the Spring Lake Holiday Inn.

In addition to our fleet of propane tank subs, we are considering the purchase of former military subs for larger groups.

We are currently pursuing grants to purchase this type of equipment.  If you would be interested in this type of adventure, let us know as we work to gauge support and interest.

We are watching government surplus auctions and working with our partners in oceanography to find reasonably priced submarine equipment that could be reasonably restored.

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Tyler Selph
5 years ago

Just curious… have you overcome the situation with Grand Haven Township and storage of the tanks or could you use another place to move them to? Please let me know at 517-655-3200 if I can be of any assistance. Tyler

Mary VanDoosenburg, Founder and Chief Oceanic Officer
Mary VanDoosenburg, Founder and Chief Oceanic Officer
4 years ago
Reply to  Tyler Selph

Sorry. The situation is currently a legal mess. We are planning to move the tanks from GH Township into parking lot of the Spring Lake Holiday Inn. They will hopefully be more accommodating.

IC1(SS) Douglas G Kerfoot
IC1(SS) Douglas G Kerfoot
6 years ago

I am not a good welder, but I am Qualified in Submarines. I believe I can pull this off, though perhaps not on the first attempt.

Mary VanDoosenburg, Founder and Chief Oceanic Officer
Mary VanDoosenburg, Founder and Chief Oceanic Officer
4 years ago

Hello Douglas,

We have been swamped and unable to reply until now. The good news is that we are ready to roll with this project. If you are willing to work at no charge for the first year, we believe the future payoff will be great. Please let us know what you think.