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Sheriff will use Moose Boat catamaran to police Lake Tahoe

The new Marine 6, a 35 foot all-aluminum catamaran vessel will replace the Placer County Sheriff’s former Marine 6, a 28 foot aluminum monohull vessel which has been in service since 1988.

The Placer County Sheriff utilized California Division of Boating and Waterways funding to assist in the purchase of the vessel, which will have wide ranging duties

“The M2-35 will be responsible for year-round patrol on Lake Tahoe,” says the Sheriff’s Office. “The Marine 6 crew’s primary responsibilities include enforcement of state and federal maritime law and California penal and vehicle codes. Commonly, you will find the crew conducting (BUI) Boating Under the Influence investigations, vessel collision investigations and less often, death investigations. Often, the crew is called to assist with search and rescue operations, locate missing or overdue boaters, provide medical aid and transport, and assist vessels in distress (sinking, mechanical failure, etc.). Marine 6 is also used in the support of law enforcement diving or recovery operations on Lake Tahoe and provides dignitary protection. The crew’s secondary responsibilities include special event supervision such as providing safety and security for water based events, which include paddleboard, kayak and swim race events, and large-scale firework events.”

Propulsion is by twin Yamaha 350 hp four stroke outboards that give the cat a top speed of 42 knots at 6,200 feet above sea level on Lake Tahoe and 45 knots at sea level; a testament to the efficiency of the catamaran hull.

The cabin interior is outfitted to facilitate emergency medical services. It has an enclosed head, a small galley and a work surface for MDC communications.

Ample storage is provided both below the patient bench and under the two shock-mitigating seats. A forced air diesel heater provides defrost and interior heat.

Deck outfitting includes a custom dive/rescue door, lifting davit, storage for EMS supplies and dive equipment, a rescue basket, towing and anchoring equipment, bow and stern ladders and a gasoline powered dewatering pump.


  • LOA 35′-­‐6″
  • LWL: 27′-­‐6″
  • Beam: 13′-­‐6″
  • Draft: 34″
  • Deadrise (Aft): 15 deg
  • Displacement: 15,500 lb (dry)
  • Fuel Capacity: 240 gal
  • Engines: Twin Yamaha 350 hp Outboard
  • Max. Speed: 45 knots
  • Cruise Speed: 30 knots
  • Range: 240 NM
  • Steering: SeaStar Electric Power Steering
  • Furuno Navigation Suite
  • Motorola and Icom Radio Comms.
  • Simrad Automatic Direction Finder
  • FLIR Thermal Imaging Camera
  • GoLight LED Search Lights
  • Hella Interior, Deck and Nav. Lights
  • Whelen LE Lights and Siren
  • DSG Doors and Windows
  • Shoxs Seats
  • BlacRac Weapons Mounts