(MARBLEHEAD, Mass.) — The Vermont State Police recently took delivery of two specialized 25-foot Ribcraft 7.8s. Delivered to the Greater Burlington area, the RIBs will be used by the State Police Marine Division for all law enforcement operations including patrol, search and rescue, rapid response, victim recovery, and executive protection details on Lake Champlain.
The RIBs add to the agency’s existing fleet of Ribcrafts and will provide expanded on-water capabilities. As with the previous Ribcraft deliveries, these boats were configured and built to meet the diverse operational requirements of the Vermont Marine State Police. The 7.8 provides a comfortable platform for long patrols while offering an open deck for officers and gear. Powered by a 300-hp Mercury SeaPro outboard, the boat will reach speeds in excess of 50 mph.
Features of the Ribcraft 7.8 include:
· Center console with front bench seat
· Leaning post
· Extended aluminum T-top with windscreen and electronics box
· Aluminum antenna arch
· Aft tow post
· Engine crash rail
· Large open aft deck
· Fiberglass deep-V hull
· Keel guard
· Heavy duty dark gray 1670 Hypalon tube with bow and rubstrake reinforcing
“The addition of these two 7.8 response vessels will be our fourth and fifth vessels we have received from Ribcraft,” said Sgt. Trevor Carbo of the Vermont State Police. “Ribcraft provides a solid product, built specifically to suit our needs that in turn allows us to provide a professional and reliable service to the many recreational boats on Vermont’s waterways.”