Unique patrol boat for 'dangerous' Lake Eucumbene

POLICE OFFICERS at Adaminaby have launched their new 'Stabicraft' police boat on Lake Eucumbene, a replacement for a De Havilland Troijan boat that served the police command faithfully for the past 35 years.

Inspector Peter Rooney said the new vessel would be used for search and rescue operations, and law enforcement on Lake Eucumbene.

"We are very appreciative of the Marine Area Command to supply us with this new vessel that is well suited to the environmental conditions that we are exposed to in this area," he said.

NSW Marine Command Sergeant Justin Harrison project-managed the construction of the six-metre half-cabin aluminium police boat and brought it from Sydney for the launch.

"The hulls were imported from New Zealand and fitted out in Australia by KB Marine at Narrabeen, they did a great job," Sergeant Harrison said.

"It is more responsive and user friendly, in terms of layout and design to meet the demands of a one-man operation.

"The boat is unique to the police fleet with very advanced technology on board, including thermal imaging - forward looking infra red imaging or FLIR."

There are 48 boats in the police fleet and the Stabicraft boat is the only one fitted with FLIR.

Costing $100,000, the boat is considered unsinkable with air pontoons and air pockets in different layers of the vessel.

Its Mercury 154 horsepower four-stroke super-charged engine has a top speed of 40 nautical miles per hour or 35 knots, which will be put to good use to patrol the vast lake - which is nine times the size of Sydney Harbour with about 400 kilometres of foreshore .

Adaminaby's Senior Constable Matt Jacob said Lake Eucumbene was considered to be a very dangerous inland waterway because of the remoteness and low water temperatures - between five and six degrees at certain times of the year.

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