Friday, January 15, 2016

Willard Marine Gets Patrol Boat Contract

By Mark Edward Nero

Anaheim-based boat builder Willard Marine has received an order to produce a 33-foot fiberglass harbor patrol boat for the Oceanside Police Department in San Diego County, Calif. based on the classic “Crystaliner” boat design.

The order marks the first Crystaliner to be purchased from Willard Marine since the company acquired the licensing and manufacture rights from Crystaliner, which folded in 2012.

“The Crystaliner platform is conducive to the multitude of activities our officers are involved in such as marine rescues to include vessel tows and dewatering, marine firefighting, harbor patrol and diving,” said Lt. Karen Laser of the Oceanside Police Department. “We are excited Willard Marine is reviving these designs, as their performance abilities are best suited for the variety of functions our marine community expects of us in our area of responsibility.”

Willard’s updated Crystaliner design includes new electronic systems, upgraded hull construction and new firefighting features. With a length of 33 feet and beam over 10 feet, it has large open deck space for search and rescue missions, law enforcement safety and firefighting operations.

The design also includes twin Yanmar 8LV-350 inboard diesel engines, making it capable of a cruising speed of 27 knots. The Oceanside craft will feature a Darley PSDE 125 single stage centrifugal fire pump producing over 1,250 gallons per minute at 150 psi.

The Oceanside Police Department currently patrols the coastal and offshore region of San Diego, Oceanside and parts of Orange County, with three Crystaliner vessels that have been in service 15 to 30 years.

“Crystaliner has been a staple of the law enforcement and surf and rescue departments along the Pacific coast for decades,” said Ulrich Gottschling, President and CEO at Willard Marine. “We are proud to offer the classic design and finish of a Crystaliner that many first responders are so passionate about while re-engineering them to perform reliably in the rigorous and demanding missions of today’s law enforcement professionals.”