Paisano

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Paisano used by Island Packers (1969-1975)
Paisano with Lil and Bill Connally on the bow.
Paisano with Lil and Bill Connally on the bow.

Paisano (# ) (1943-1975), 63-foot wood hulled vessel built by the U.S. Navy as an aviation rescue boat, later modified to a sport fishing vessel with 26 bunks and a galley. In 1969, the Connally family of Ventura, California began operating her as their second island passenger vessel, along with the Island Packer. Paisano was owned by Sandy Vernan. Bill Connally traded half the Island Packers business for half ownership of Paisano. The vessel enabled Island Packers to expand their services from Anacapa and Santa Cruz islands to include Santa Barbara Island prior to the creation of Channel Islands National Park. Bill Connally eventually bought back Vernan's interest in Island Packers.

Paisano was condemned by the Coast Guard for dry rot issues, thus she was removed from service and retired to a bean field in 1975.