MetalCraft launches patrol boat for Mobile


The following is text of a news release from MetalCraft Marine:

(KINGSTON, Ontario) — MetalCraft Marine has launched a 34-foot Interceptor patrol boat for the Mobile (Ala.) Police Department.

The boat was tested at speed in 4- to 5-foot chop. It has a large cabin with 6 feet 10 inches of head room, and a large aft deck to accommodate officers who wear a lot of equipment while working. The boat will spend long hours in the Gulf of Mexico and Mobile Bay and has heating and air conditioning for a wide range of temperatures. A Westerbeke gas generator provides power.

Propulsion is provided by twin Suzuki 300-hp outboards, and there is Seastar joystick steering for docking or holding station. The noise level in the cabin at full speed was only 78 decibels at 44 knots.

The boat has a comprehensive suite of navigation electronics from Simrad and a SeaFLIR camera. Suspension seats were provided by Seats Inc. The side doors have full glass windows, and the overhead spotter windows provide excellent sightlines in hard turns.

By Professional Mariner Staff