The boat is described as "stunt double for the boat in Jaws."
Harry describes it as an ancient, battered commercial fishing boat. Thomas once told him it was a trawler. It's forty-two feet long and could be a stunt-double for Quint's boat in Jaws. It desperately needs some paint—it's white hull had faded to grey and smoke-smudged black. The fresh only paint was the lettering for its name: Water Beetle. It had originally been built for charter use on the open sea, it had some muscle.
The Water Beetle has a secret compartment large enough to hide several women and their children.
In the seriesEdit
- Main article: White Night
While Harry and Elaine are there investigating the whereabouts of Olivia and why Thomas has been so secretive, they are attacked by many ghouls. Harry draws the heat from Lake Michigan causing ice to form so the women and children can escape from the boat under seige over the ice to a far dock.
- Main article: Small Favor
In Small Favor, when Thomas Raith, with Karrin Murphy, comes to retrieve Harry Dresden from Lake Michigan, he had to wait for Harry to get outside the reef. Deirdre tries to get Harry as he's getting into the boat. Murphy pulls Fidelacchius out of its scabbard and it shines light so bright, Deirdre leaves underwater. They get away.
Harry Dresden and Thomas Raith take the boat an unknown number of times to visit Demonreach during the time period between Small Favor and Turn Coat. Thomas had been teaching Harry how to handle the boat.
- Main article: Turn Coat
In Turn Coat, Harry Dresden takes the Water Beetle to Demonreach twice. First when he takes a preliminary trip to perform Sanctum Invocation and names the island. He goes back to Chicago to further set things in motion, especially to get Shagnasty, the Naagloshii, there with his brother. Then he returns on the Beetle to rescue Thomas Raith. (reference needed)
- Main article: Changes
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- Main article: Aftermath