San Francisco Bay Area boatbuilder Moose Boats said it recently delivered an M1 – 46 to the California State Department of Fish and Wildlife. The vessel will be called Chinook and will be based in Fort Bragg, Calif., to serve as an offshore patrol vessel.
Two Volvo Penta D11-625hp turbo diesel engines, Twin Disc transmissions and Hamilton waterjets with Blue Arrow and Jet Anchor hold the controls propel the 46ft aluminum catamaran. Accommodations are designed around extended patrol duties for a crew of up to four with AllSalt Shoxs shock-absorbing seats and berths for each crew member, full galley, dinette table, head and tail facilities. shower and a desalination plant on board.
Electronics and navigation equipment include a full Raymarine navigation suite including Axiom 12 multifunction displays, open array radar, autopilot, RealVision sonar and secure AIS. The FLIR M617CS gyro-stabilized thermal imaging camera will complement multiple network cameras integrated into a GOST Watch video recording system. Communications equipment includes Icom, Motorola, KVH and Pyramid radio and satellite systems.
California Department of Fish and Wildlife vessel specifications called for full deck and interior outfitting to allow extended operations for game wardens while performing law enforcement and wildlife sampling duties off the northern California coast. In response, Moose Boats integrated Freeman side sliding doors into the port and starboard sides of the wide M1 cabin allowing the crew to freely communicate with commercial and recreational boaters as well as serving as a secondary entry and exit for the crew. A custom 24-inch high fender collar profile allows the M1-46 Catamaran to contact vessels at both high and low freeboard. Game wardens can retrieve commercial crab traps using an electro-hydraulic trap transporter.
A secondary Hamilton Jet Blue Arrow and Jet Anchor control station for the Moose Boats M1 catamaran is located above the cabin, allowing game wardens to automatically maneuver and hold in place with enhanced situational awareness during wildlife sampling and ship boarding operations.
Chinook will join the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s other Moose Boats M2-38 catamaran, called Cabezon, in protecting Northern California’s marine ecosystem and improving the safety of its commercial and recreational sailors.