Kvichak Marine recently delivered the second of a two-boat order for the Nassau County Police Department of New York. Marine 6 will join Marine 5 for patrol and rescue operations on the south shore of Long Island.
The 38-ft. all-aluminum vessel has a beam of 13.5 ft. and replaces a 36-ft. fiberglass boat that operated in the NCPD for more than 17 years. "We definitely wanted aluminum construction for our new vessels," said First Chief of Patrol Robert Bishop. "The durability and lower maintenance were the driving factors for this decision."
Twin Caterpillar 3126-DITA @ 420 hp diesel engines, fitted to Twin Disc MG507-1 reversing marine transmissions power Marine 6. The engines are coupled to a pair of Hamilton 321 propulsion jets via Spicer U-joint shafts.
Due to the operating conditions the vessel will encounter, the NCPD chose Hamilton jets over conventional propellers and shafts. "Most of the bays in the south shore area are very shallow, and grounding is always a concern," explained Bishop.
With a displacement of about 27,000 pounds fully loaded and a fuel capacity of 250 gallons, Marine 6 cruises at aspeed of approximately 26 knots and tops out at about 30 knots.
Additional features include: 12VDC electrical power; FE-241 fire suppression system; 8 kW diesel generator
; Furuno radar and depth sounder
; Whalen siren speaker, contoller, and strobe light; Northstar GPS; and ICOM VHF.