Moose Boats to build custom cat for Boston dive team

(VALLEJO, Calif.) — The Boston Fire Department’s Special Operations Dive Team has selected Moose Boats to build a new custom dive boat. The model M1 will be 46 feet long and powered by two Cummins QSC 8.3 liter engines delivering 1,200 horsepower.

“The Boston Fire Department is looking forward to upgrading our current Dive Team boat to a Moose Boats M1,” said Boston Fire Capt. Doug Felton. “The M1 will allow us to operate a dive boat year-round, as opposed to our current seasonal asset. The wider beam and catamaran hull will give us greater stability in the tumultuous waters in and around Boston Harbor. The enclosed cabin will extend our on-scene effectiveness by reducing fatigue from the elements during long-duration dive operations.”

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The boat will be a major upgrade from the team’s current 30-foot dive boat built in 2010. “With frigid winters and blistering summers, the Boston Fire Department Dive Team will increase it’s operational capability all year long despite the New England weather,” Felton said. “Custom dive tank holders on the aft deck will increase ergonomics and keep deck space clear while underway.”

Hamilton AVX Express controls will allow for tight-quarters maneuverability that is sometimes needed in Boston Harbor, and the catamaran’s inherent shallow draft will allow the boat to go into waters that are inaccessible to other boats.

– Moose Boats

By Rich Miller