Police Boat Launched by Yamba
The first of two new Police boats for Queensland has been launched by Naiad's east-coast builder, Yamba Welding and Engineering.
Both boats are Naiad 11.3m cabin boats, powered by triple Suzuki 300hp outboards. They use the very successful 11.3m stepped hull, with a distinctive forward-raked cabin. The interior is set up for Police work featuring extensive electronics and communications equipment, and a dedicated search and rescue management station.
On sea trials last week, Police representatives were very impressed with the handling of the boat, especially its high-speed responsiveness. As expected with 900hp on the transom, performance is excellent with a top speed in excess of 45 knots. The triple engines are very easy to operate, with the single two-lever binnacle controlling all three engines. Controls are all electronic with engine management cleverly integrated into the main navigation display system. The centre engine disengages automatically for low-speed manoeuvring.
Rather than painting the boat, it is "wrapped" with a vinyl film. This system has been used extensively in the automotive industry, and it has great potential in the marine industry.