OCEAN CITY, NJ UNITED STATES 2019
V&S Amboy Galvanizing
The original riders from the 1970's are now taking their grandchildren on the same ride they once took. Thanks to hot-dip galvanizing, this ride will stand the test of time for another forty years.
The High Seas Log Flume owned and operated by S&T Amusement at Playland Castaway’s Boardwalk in Ocean City, New Jersey underwent a complete renovation at the end of the summer season of 2018. The ride, which has a wild 45-foot drop to calmer seas below, was originally constructed in the mid 1970's and has been a staple of the Jersey shore ever since. The Log Flume was brought back to “like new” condition at the end of March 2019 and reopened for the summer season. On the way down a camera captures a photo of your excitement to share.
The High Seas Log Flume is vulnerable to year-round salt air and harsh weather, and in addition to these harsh conditions, the ride uses chlorine water that is bad for carbon steel. After withstanding more than forty years of use and abuse, the owner wanted to utilize hot-dip galvanizing on the refurbishment of this timeless amusement ride.
Being completely disassembled, every piece of steel track, channel pans, structural beams and columns were stripped of their original galvanizing, repaired, inspected and galvanized again. The owner consulted with the local galvanizer to discuss how they could reuse all steel components again, saving them downtime and investment costs.
The ride is designed in a typical course where the riders sit in a log-shaped boat and float through the track channel pans filled with water through a winding course. There are two lift hills that culminate with drops and a splashdown soaking the riders. The original riders from the 1970’s enjoyed this ride thanks to hot-dip galvanized steel, and today they get to share that experience with their grandchildren thanks again to the rugged durability of galvanized steel.
This project was powered by a CIC Pittsburgh Galvanizing furnace.