For Immediate Release Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Klamath County Retires Old Boat for New
Representatives from the Oregon State Marine Board along with Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah and Marine Patrol personnel will be on hand at Moore Park 2 on April 15, to dedicate the county’s new patrol boat. The dedication ceremony begins at 11:30 AM.
This new, 20-foot center console aluminum jet boat (and trailer) from Rogue Jet in White City, comes equipped with a 6.0 L fuel injected engine that produces low carbon emissions and is more fuel efficient than boats built prior to 2006. The jet propulsion is capable of being operated in a variety of conditions including water depth as little as six inches, on a full plane, with a carrying capacity of 1200 pounds and max speed of 45 MPH. This boat is ideal for varying water levels and will allow marine deputies to respond to emergency situations, quickly.
The average age of the Klamath boat fleet is 19 years with 1987 being oldest boat and 2005, the newest. The average age of the Marine Board’s boat fleet statewide is 15 years. The Marine Board developed a procurement and retention schedule similar to vehicles and is in the process of retiring older boats to newer models that require less fuel and maintenance based on the waterbodies being patrolled.
The Klamath County marine program currently has two full-time marine deputies, one seasonal marine deputy and eight volunteers that assist with rescue and marine operations. The Klamath marine program also provides law enforcement support to Lake and Jackson Counties and patrols 28 bodies of water with 108,597 surface acres.
Klamath County traded two older Marine Board boats with a value of $24,080 combined with $45,000 of Marine Board state boater funds toward the total cost for the boat and trailer of $69,000. The new boat is equipped with a special sponson that is attached to the boat’s hull that aids in fendering, stability and flotation.
“This boat is designed with low water and maneuverability in mind,” says Mervin Hee, Waterways Coordinator for the Marine Board. “This boat will be much more cost-effective to operate with very little maintenance and huge gasoline savings. This boat is one of the best boats in our fleet right now and will serve the boaters of Klamath County for decades.”
The Marine Board is funded by registration fees and marine fuel taxes paid by boaters. No general fund tax dollars are used to support the agency or its programs. Boater-paid fees go back to boaters in the form of law enforcement services (on-the-water enforcement, training and equipment), education/outreach materials and boat launches, docks, restrooms and parking.
For more information about the Marine Board and its programs, visit www.boatoregon.com.
Ashley A. Massey
Public Information Officer
Oregon State Marine Board