OCTOBER 14, 2015— Silver Ships, Inc., Theodore, AL, recently delivered a Freedom 21 all-aluminum patrol/rescue boat to the Southampton, NY, Bay Constables. The 21-foot center console boat was designed and engineered for one-man operation, which is a sought-after feature in the current climate of staffing reductions by public safety agencies.
The multi-mission boat will be used for patrol, rescue and enforcement of various environmental, conservation, homeland security and town laws and regulations within the jurisdiction of the Town of Southampton. The jurisdiction of Southampton on Long Island encompasses Shinnecock Bay and Inlet, Peconic Bay, Atlantic Ocean and other inland waterways.
Designed by naval architect Lou Codega, PE, of Smithfield, VA, the all-welded aluminum vessel features include a quarter inch hull, a custom center console with an aluminum canopy, upholstered leaning post with gun and storage lockers on aft end, and an ergonomically designed helm area with seat bench/storage box on forward side of console. The boat also has a custom foam collar, self-bailing deck, safety rail package for crew safety, and 12-volt DC electrical system.
Propulsion is supplied by a 250 HP Mercury four-stroke Verado outboard engine. It has hydraulic steering, a 90-gallon fuel tank, and tow post. Electronics include LED floodlights and blue law enforcement lights, remote controlled searchlight; ICOM VHF radio; police radio, Raymarine radar, GPS, chart plotter, depthsounder and FLIR night vision system, and Whelen PA/siren.
Malcolm Wisch, Silver Ships’ Northeast Regional Sales Manager, said that “the Freedom 21 Law Enforcement Vessel is sure to be a tremendous long-term asset for the Southampton Bay Constables and will be available year round operation. The customer is looking forward to the durability and ruggedness that an aluminum hull provides for law enforcement operations.”
Currently, the Theodore, AL-based shipyard is also completing the construction of a Freedom 25 climate controlled full pilothouse with CBRNE capability and is expected to be delivered to the Southampton Bay Constables shortly.