The Aventura (FL) Police Department recently took delivery of a 29-foot custom built Fluid Watercraft rigid inflatable boat (RIB) to serve as a patrol boat for its active waterways. Located in Miami-Dade County along the Intracoastal Waterway, the City of Aventura has many miles of shoreline and canals. Residents will benefit from the additional patrol and rescue capability of the vessel.
"We were able to customize this vessel to our exact specifications and include capabilities not just to patrol, but to respond to medical emergencies, disabled vessels, collisions and other disturbances," said Aventura Police Department Marine Officer Troy Vezina. "One specific need for increased patrol on the waterways is related to the high rate of theft of expensive marine electronics."
Built by Fort Lauderdale-based Sirocco Marine, the patrol boat was designed and customized to the specifics of the Aventura Police Department. Powered by twin Honda 225-horsepower outboard engines, the boat is capable of speeds up to 55 knots. The vacuum infused GRP hull construction is lightweight and strong, capable of the toughest jobs. Multi-compartment military grade Hypalon removable tubes make the vessel virtually unsinkable and resistant to UV light, extreme temperatures and abrasion. The console is equipped with Simrad electronics.
"Aventura Police Department came to us with specific challenges and requirements, so we took the platform of the tried and tested Fluid Watercraft 880 Tow-Behind and modified it, adding things like long arm storage, dedicated spine board storage and cargo capacity up to 4,000 pounds. The vessel is now perfectly equipped to meet the department's specific challenges," said Boyd Tomkies CEO of Sirocco Marine.
The Fluid Watercraft 880 Patrol is manufactured to meet the mission-specific requirements of the end user.
* Length Overall: 29 feet
* Beam: 9 feet 6 inches
* Dead Rise: 24
* Maximum Draft (Motors down): 30 inches
* Maximum Payload: 4000 pounds
* Maximum Number of Persons: 14
* Maximum Horsepower: 500
* Vacuum infused GRP hull
* Removable 1670 Dtex Hypalon - Neoprene tubes
* Long Arm storage
* Integrated Life-cell
* Dedicated spine board storage
About Sirocco Marine: Sirocco Marine is a premium RIB dealership with locations in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Annapolis, MD. Both locations include a warehouse, production facility and showroom. The dealership specializes in the European-built Brig line of RIBs as well as its own customized Fluid Watercraft brand. With more than 300 hulls in stock, Sirocco delivers quick delivery. For more information, please visit siroccomarine.com, or follow on social media @siroccomarine on Instagram or facebook.com/siroccomarineFL and facebook.com/siroccomarineannapolis.