Maryland Police And United Nations Order Boats From Uniflite

Two more high-speed 28-foot Uniflite patrol boats, identical to four that were delivered and put into service last November, have been ordered by the Marine Division of the State of Maryland's Natural Resources Police for delivery in August, according to James J. Doud, executive vice president and general manager for Uniflite, Inc.

The new vessels, designed for year-round law enforcement and search and rescue operations on Chesapeake Bay and along the state's Atlantic Ocean shoreline, are the latest additions in the department's modernization program for its nearly 50-boat fleet, which already includes six Uniflites, 28 and 31 feet long.

The fire-retardant fiberglass boats will be built at Uniflite's Eastern plant at Swansboro, N.C., on the Infracostal Waterway, and delivered to the Matapeake Terminal, Stevensville, Md., on the eastern shore of Chesapeake Bay for the contract price of approximately $75,700.

Two 23-foot water jet propelled river patrol boats have also been ordered from Uniflite, Inc. by the office of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, for use by the Peruvian police on inland rivers east of the Andes Mountains, according to John L. Thomas, Uniflite chairman and president.

The two fire-retardant fiberglass boats are scheduled for delivery to Callao, Peru, on the seacoast next October for the contract price of $56,900. From there, they will be transported overland across the mountains for patrol and enforcement duty in the remote, dense jungle conditions that prevail in the upper reaches of the Amazon basin.

Each boat will be powered with a single 220-hp Crusader engine driving through a Jacuzzi waterjet propulsion pump giving a shallow draft of only 0.6 meters (about 18 inches). Each will be equipped with a Honda EM400 portable generator to operate a huge searchlight.

For more information, write Commercial & Military Sales Dept., Uniflite, Inc., P.O. Box 1095, Bellingham, Wash. 98225.

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