Boston Fire Department Chooses Moose Boats

Moose Boats, LLC

Published May 23, 2023 10:11 PM by The Maritime Executive

[By: Moose Boats, LLC]

The Boston Fire Department’s Special Operations Dive Team has selected Moose Boats to build a new, custom dive boat. The model M1 will be 46’ long and powered by two Cummins QSC 8.3 liter engines delivering 1,200 horsepower.

According to Boston Fire’s Captain Doug Felton, “The Boston Fire Department is looking forward to upgrading our current Dive Team boat to a Moose Boats, M1. The M1 will allow us to operate a dive boat year-round, as opposed to our current seasonal asset. The wider beam and catamaran hull will give us greater stability in the tumultuous waters in and around Boston Harbor. The enclosed cabin will extend our on-scene effectiveness by reducing fatigue from the elements during long-duration dive operations.”

This boat will be a major upgrade from their current 2010, 30’ dive boat: “With frigid winters and blistering summers, the Boston Fire Department Dive Team will increase it’s operational capability all year long despite the New England weather. Custom dive tank holders on the aft deck will increase ergonomics and keep deck space clear while underway” says Captain Felton.

Hamilton AVX Express controls will allow for tight-quarters maneuverability that is sometimes needed in Boston Harbor, and the catamaran’s inherent shallow draft will allow this boat to go into shallow waters that are inaccessible to other boats.


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