Blue Ridge Adventure Vehicles builds custom adventure vehicles to designed to enhance the outdoor lifestyle. The BRAV team is led by Thomas Coffee. An avid outdoor adventurist, Thomas has lived most of his life in Asheville where he enjoys mountain biking, camping, paddle boarding and snowboarding. We recently caught up with Thomas to learn more about his mission with Blue Ridge Adventure Vehicles.BRO: Tell us a little bit about your company.BRAV: We customize vehicles for adventurous people enabling them to take their gear with them and having the comforts of home.BRO: Where are you located?BRAV: We are based in Asheville North Carolina, a giant outdoor mecca.BRO: How do you like being based there? BRAV: We like being surrounded by an outdoor community, also having an airport close by helps because a lot of our customers are out of state. We try to buy most of products from local businesses.BRO: How did it get started? BRAV: From a very young age I loved being adventurous and outdoorsy. Campers have always intrigued me, so we brought the two together. We got started making a personal camper. People on the road really liked our craftsmanship and design, so they wanted to know how they could get one. The first one sold, then we built another, sold it and, so on.BRO: Tell us about your design process. BRAV: Our design process starts with helping the customer find the right vehicle, so size, make, model, and cost are important. We like to know what options customers are most interested in, and what recreational gear they plan on hauling. From there the interior and exterior designs are formed based on specifications from the appliances, options, and sports equipment.BRO: What sort of outdoor activities do your customers love?BRAV: Most of our customers are greatly influenced by the outdoors. They range from hikers, cyclists, boaters, surfers motorcyclists, and people who just want to hit the road.BRO: What advice would you give someone who looking to outfit an adventure vehicle for the road? BRAV: Here is some advice for someone looking to outfit an adventure vehicle.Try to figure out what options you would like and the ones you need like A/C, water, and a fridge ect. Once you have an idea, now it’s important to find a vehicle that is sized accordingly. A lot of car manufactures make models in different heights, lengths, and options for making a camper conversion easier. Remember bolt on items are always easy to add after a conversion is complete. The important things to do first are insulating, options that are mounted to or require cutting the body of the vehicle, electrical, plumbing, and then interior finishes.BRO: How can people get in touch with you? BRAV: You can give us a call or we can be reached by email. (828) 338-9405blueridgeadventurevehicles.comRelated:
Two of Acta Marine’s DP multicats have been called up for duties on the Zohr natural gas project offshore Egypt.Acta Marine said that the company’s multicats were called up to assist on the Zohr project for the second year running.According to the company, the ultra-shallow draft Coastal Discovery and Coastal Challenger will be supporting shore-end pipelay installation activities. Last year, the Coastal Chariot was the selected vessel to work off Egypt.Acta Marine’s project manager, Sinclair McWilliam, said: “We have four pipe pulling operations planned for the coming months – all taking place in extremely shallow waters. However, these two DP Multicats can work in waters as shallow as 1.5 meters.”Coastal Discovery and Coastal Challenger multicats will also be deployed in anchor handling, and logistics support duties. Also, equipped with a mass flow burial tool, they will also be carrying out seabed leveling.The multicats are multi-purpose work vessels usually built with a simple rectangular pontoon hull and a long open foredeck resembling a small pusher tug.As for the field, Zohr was discovered by Eni in August of 2015 and, with a total potential of 850 billion cubic meters of gas in place, is the largest natural gas field ever discovered in the Mediterranean.The super-giant gas field was started-up in December 2017, only 28 months after its discovery, and is producing around 400 million scf per day. The production will gradually ramp up to reach the plateau by the end of 2019.In related company news, Acta Marine’s new Ulstein SX195 walk to work vessel Acta Auriga, under construction at Ulstein Verft, completed sea trials last month.
Batesville splits with Lawrencebug in a long heartbreaker of a night.From JV coach Shelly Prickel: The JV Lady Bulldog volleyball team made their last home match count with a commanding 25-21, 25-19 victory over EIAC rival Lawrenceburg. Monica Gerstbauer was the team leader from the service line earning 7 points including an ace while connecting on all 13 of her serves. She also set up a formidable offensive attack with 21 assists on 47 set attempts. Kelsey Shupe continued her dominance in the front line with a team high 10 kills, while fellow outside attacker, Anna Bauer, notched 7 kills to help secure the win. Lily Abplanalp and Maria Weisbrod were solid in the back row with 6 and 5 digs respectively. The team will travel to East Central to vie for the EIAC Conference Tourney Championship on Saturday to conclude their season. The ladies have worked hard for their 18-2 record.Varsity: L-burg won 25-16, 21-25, 25-16, 18-25, 16-14. The varsity match had everything an avid fan could ever want: point runs, lead changes, hotly contested plays and five sets that went extra innings. Each team had their own ups and downs. While it is a loss,we have been focusing on our end goals and that is a sectional run. There can be no doubt that the sectional is not a give’me for anyone. We continue to be a hard team to beat and that was evident tonight. We lost composure in the last points and it cost us the set, but our fight never stopped. These girls are learning through the school of hard knocks and will only benefit from there struggles. #11 Jenna Ertel finished with 23 digs and 30 receptions. #7 Kylie Laker had 19 assists, 5 aces and 11 digs, & Morgan Meyer had 19 kills & 19 digs.We are in competition at the Brebeuf pre-state invitational on Saturday starting at 9:00 against silver creek. The JV will play same time at the East Central EIAC Conference tourney.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jody Thomas.
Victim ID as Diamond, EBD residentThe police have confirmed that the miner that was stabbed to death at Takutu Landing, Puruni Road, Mazaruni River, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), after he went to help a woman, was positively identified as 24-year-old Eric Nurse of Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara.The miner called “Black Boy” was stabbed at least 12 times after he intervened in an argument between another miner and a woman.The suspect is a 37-year-old miner of Enterprise, Lower Pomeroon River, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), and has since confessed to the murder.Reports are on Wednesday at about 20:30h, Nurse and the suspect were consuming alcohol at a popular shop in the area.However, at about 01:20h on Thursday morning, it is alleged that the suspect concealed himself in the sleeping quarters of a female employee without her knowledge.As she entered, she was confronted by the man and immediately raised an alarm. The woman and the suspect were, however, engaged in a heated argument and it was at this time that the victim intervened and held onto the suspect’s shirt and pulled him out of the room.The woman reportedly went back into her sleeping quarters and left the two men arguing in front of the shop.About five minutes later, the woman heard a commotion and upon checking, saw “Black Boy” lying on his back in a pool of blood and motionless. The suspected murder weapon was recovered at the scene and taken as evidence.Nurse’s body was transported to the Bartica Regional Hospital Mortuary.