NEWEST SHERIFF BOAT TO BE STATIONED IN HOOD CANAL
The Mason County Sheriff’s Office recently purchased a 25-foot Safeboat from the U.S. Coast Guard and intends on docking the boat in Union for rapid response.
Boating program supervisor Sergeant Jim Petraitis said, “The purpose of this boat is to promote safe boating in our county and especially to increase our response time on the Hood Canal.”
Safeboats are made locally in Kitsap County and this military specification grade boat cost $26,000, 15 to 20 percent of the cost of the same boat brand new. The boat is being outfitted with twin Honda 225hp motors as well as other safety equipment necessary for its new assignment.
Replacing a plastic 21-foot Triumph, the Safeboat joins two other boats in the Sheriff’s fleet responsible for patrolling in Mason County which includes approximately 300 miles of saltwater shoreline and 200 freshwater lakes. The Sheriff’s Office has 10 fully trained marine deputies as well as 4 trained deckhands.
The Safeboat made its public debut at the Forest Festival Parade on June 4th in Shelton.