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Safe Boats Town of

Hempstead Patrol Boat.

Safe Boats

Lake Assault police boat for

Superior, Wisconsin.

Lake Assault Greg Trauthwein

Form follows functionality in other ways.

Metal Shark proudly points to its visibility enhancing fea- tures, including a windshield that signi? cantly reduces blind spots compared to ? reboats with smaller, framed windows in conventional pilot-houses, and visibility both downward (with a lower row of windows) and upward (through a skylight).

While boatbuilders serve customers all over the country, and internationally, sometimes the buyers are local. Such is the case in a recent patrol boat deployment in the Great

Lakes; Lake Assault Boats, a supplier of aluminum boats based in Superior, Wisconsin, put a 30-ft. patrol boat into service with the Superior’s police department (which pro- vides patrol and emergency response services on portions of

Lake Superior). This boat, powered by two 350-hp Mercury outboard motors, with stainless steel propellors (and a top speed estimated to be 50 knots), combines an aluminum al- loy welded hull with “an in? atable air collar… attached to Other recent Silver Ships deliveries include 30-f . Endeavor series f re rescue boats to all sides of the craft to provide 360-degree protection.” The

Bayport, also in Long Island. 30-ft. boat includes a pilothouse with a narrow aluminum

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