Bellingham, Wash., based All American Marine, Inc. (AAM) has completed construction and launched an innovative aluminum catamaran that will serve an integral role patrolling both Texas state and federal waters for the law enforcement division of Texas Parks and Wildlife.
The 80 foot x 27 foot Captain Murchison is powered by twin CAT C18 ACERT D Engines, with Hamilton Jet HM 521 waterjets and is built to USCG Subchapter T standards.
The Captain Murchison is also the first vessel in North America to feature Hamilton Jet’s innovative Advanced Vessel Control (AVX) system that includes both a station keeping and a JETanchor positioning system.
The state-of-the-art Teknicraft Design hydrofoil-assisted vessel will incorporate innovative design features critical to modern maritime law enforcement.
One revolutionary feature is Teknicraft ’s rapid RHIB launching system. Integrated into the stern of the vessel, it will increase safety and reduce the time and manpower required to deploy the vessels’ rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB). It will allow for deployment and retrieval in under 1 minute.
The RHIB is a 20 ft Willard with a 170 HP Volvo diesel engine, and also features Hamilton Jet Propulsion.
Additional vessel features include a DJI Mavic Drone integrated to the helm displays, as well as a FLIR M400 XR High resolution Thermal Imaging video with tracking to assist with patrol duties in the Gulf of Mexico.
“The vessel is definitely a game-changer for the Texas Game Wardens,” said Cody Jones, Assistant Commander for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. “Our key mission is to make sure the Texas maritime border is safe. The fact of the matter is, there’s not an off the shelf vessel available that meets the daily needs of law enforcement, particularly for long range vessels. Each step of the way All American listened to us, understood our mission, and in conjunction with Teknicraft, designed and built a vessel that has all the versatility we need to be successful on the water.”