The Marine Patrol christened their new boat, the Dirigo II, Wednesday.
“Will be one of our major tools, enforcement tools that we’ll use and safety tools that we’ll use within this area to enforce boating laws and commercial laws associated with our fisheries,” said Patrick Keliher, Commissioner, Maine Department of Marine Resources.
SW Boatworks of Lamoine built the 38-foot, $400,000 vessel. It’s the first time they’ve worked with the State.
“It’s very rewarding and we’re proud of her. They’re nice boats. We put a lot of effort into it to make the boat perform well for them and also she looks nice,” said Stewart Workman, President, SW Boatworks.
The Dirigo II can get Marine Patrol Officers where they need to go more safely and faster. It has 700 horse power. “Gives us more capabilities off shore and it reflects the fact that our fisheries are farther off shore,” said Keliher
Marine Patrol Officers spend most of their time monitoring lobster boats, checking licenses and transporting gear – which now they can do more of.
“We looked at what the fishermen are using, what type of weather they’re going in and we wanted something that we could do the same with,” said Colin MacDonald, a Marine Patrol Specialist who worked on the project from start to finish.
Part of the design also includes an open stern for loading. The builder says officers should get many years of use out of the Dirigo II.
“I think they’re going to really enjoy working out of it,” said Workman.