January 15, 1977 - Maritime Reporter and Engineering News

Uniflite, Inc. Delivers Four High-Speed Patrol Boats

Maryland's marine police recently took delivery on four new high-speed 28-foot Uniflite patrol boats to be used in year-round law enforcement and search and rescue operations on Chesapeake Bay and along the state's Atlantic shoreline, according to Maj.

Harry L. George, chief, Marine Division, Maryland Natural Resources Police.

The new patrol vessels join the existing fleet of 45 marine police boats, 17 to 31 feet, including two 31-foot Uniflites. Capable of speeds in excess of 36 mph, they are each powered with twin 270-hp Crusader gasoline engines, yet only draw 28 inches for shallowwater operation.

Each of the four are standard Uniflite 28- foot flre-retardant fiberglass patrol boats fitted with special equipment specified by the Department of Natural Resources.

The contract price for the four boats was approximately $138,000, delivered to Stevensville, Md. They were built at Uniflite's East Coast plant at Swansboro, N.C.

The boats are 28 feet 2 inches long overall with a 10-foot 10-inch beam and a modified deep-vee hull with monohedron afterbody with 16 degrees of deadrise.

The largest builder of fiberglass boats for the U.S. Navy, with more than 2,000 hulls delivered and a major producer of fiberglass recreational yachts, Uniflite also builds special-purpose fire-retardant fiberglass boats 23 to 53 feet for use as police, fire, rescue and ambulance boats and a wide variety of patrol duties. The company has complete production facilities on both coasts at Bellingham, Wash., and Swansboro, N.C.

For more information, contact Seabury McGown, Manager, Commercial / Military Sales, Uniflite, Inc., P.O. Box 1095, Bellingham, Wash. 98225.

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