The following is text of a news release from Moose Boats:
(VALLEJO, Calif.) — Moose Boats, a boat designer and manufacturer in the San Francisco Bay Area, has been awarded a contract from the Santa Cruz Port District for the construction of a Moose Boats M3 patrol boat for Santa Cruz Harbor Patrol.
Twin Yamaha 300-hp four-stroke outboard engines will power the 34-foot aluminum monohull which features a redesigned cabin to offer optimal visibility and ergonomics for a two-person crew with frequent requirement to transit all deck areas. In addressing the requirements of Santa Cruz Harbor Patrol, the new walkaround cabin variant features full standing-height sized side sliding doors on both the port and starboard sides, forward raked windshields and overhead pilot windows for coming alongside piers and large vessels.
Rescue notches with retractable self-stowing rails to keep the crew safe underway will be incorporated into the port and starboard bulwarks adjacent to the cockpit to facilitate boarding and recoveries. Moose Boats’ high freeboard bulwarks and deep collar profile provide a dry ride in heavy weather, and Santa Cruz Harbor Patrol selected the M3 for its minimal trim change while transitioning from displacement through to planing speeds. This is particularly important on Monterey Bay so the crew can operate at a speed which best suits the comfort and safety of the occupants in varied sea states without a loss of forward visibility over the bow. Widely offset 12-by-18-inch Lenco trim tabs will enable the crew to tune the M3 for optimal ride at any point of sail.
Navigation electronics will consist of a Raymarine multifunction display, radar, and Seastar EPS steering, which will allow Santa Cruz Harbor Patrol to integrate an Optimus 360 maneuvering system in the future. Dual Electroguard impressed current anti-corrosion devices will protect the M3’s hull in Santa Cruz Harbor’s electrical environment.
The new M3 monohull walkaround cabin, co-developed with Santa Cruz Harbor Patrol, encapsulates the signature profile, ergonomics, fit and finish and quality of the Moose Boats M1 and M2 catamarans in a more compact and nimble platform. With its molded beam of 9.5 feet, the M3 provides a generous walkaround area while still enabling transit between the helm and navigator seats.