Ship ahoy! Bristol harbormaster awaits new patrol boat
The town recently approved spending $116,655 to buy a 25-foot Courageous aluminum hull patrol boat from Metal Shark Boats in Louisiana.
The current patrol boat, a 28-foot Shannon, has been in service for years and has been a burden to the town as it is in constant need of repair and less functional that the one being purchased.
“This is going to be used to work the buoys and patrol,” said Harbor Master Greg Marsili.
In the past, the town would hire a company to maintain the navigational buoys and moorings located in local waters. With the new boat, those duties will be taken on by the Harbor Master department.
“This expands our ability of what we can do. In a 10-year period, about $30,000 will be saved by doing the work ourselves,” Mr. Marsili said.
The new boat will be outfitted with twin outboard 115-horsepower Mercury four-stroke engines. “They are more efficient and environmentally friendly than what we have now,” he said.
Among the features included in the package that Mr. Marsili and Town Administrator Tony Teixeira negotiated with the company, the boat will be outfitted with a dive door for better access when working the harbor and when dispatched for rescue and recovery operations.
The money for the purchase was planned for, and included in the department’s capital budget. The current patrol boat will be put up for auction using an on-line service.
“Middletown used it to sell their old patrol boat and it fared pretty well,” Mr. Marsili said.
The proceeds from that sale will be applied to the purchase.
The town expects the boat to be delivered in July.