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DOES SIZE REALLY MATTER?
Yes, it does if your boat must fit into a C130 aircraft. 
Yes, it does if your law enforcement missions demand greater capabilities. 
Expand your multi-mission capabilities with
Mission Marine.
Size Absolutely Matters!

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Mission Marine designs for law enforcement missions that do not require aircraft transport.

The above pictures show two 29’ boats:  a SAFE boat next to a
MISSION MARINE.

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Multi-Mission

Mission Marine boats are spacious, have a stable platform, have tremendous amount of deck space to support SWAT and dive team operations and easily supports the transportation and deployment of sophisticated ROV and side scan sonar equipment. The Mission Marine boat will easily accommodate an eight man dive team with gear, support personnel, and more.  Many custom options available!

Beam  Matters!

Often overlooked in bid specification development are the many advantages of wider beam.
 

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Beam Matters!

SAFE boat (left) and Mission Marine (right):  Mission Marine has a greater distance between twin engines; this offers a profound mechanical advantage resulting in exceptional maneuverability and boat control. 
Note on Mission Marine transom - massive storage in upper transom, 6 scuba tank holders, reel, and two steps.
 

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Shallow Draft

Mission Marine boats use custom engine lift brackets for shallow water and high speed operation.  This gives Mission Marine boats very shallow draft capabilities with protected propellers and the ability to be highly maneuverable at these drafts all without trimming the engines up.
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Engine Completely Out of the Water  

 The engines lift completely clear of the water when at the dock … causing no worry about marine growth.
 

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Collars Vs. Fenders

Collars and fenders are designed to protect the boat and other boats against impact damage.  Should your boat's collar become damaged or ripped away from the boat half way down the gunnel, will the boat still effectively operate and perform its mission?  Furthermore, can it easily be repaired and replaced using readily available fenders commonly found at marine supply stores?  Is your boat collar fully adjustable to height, does it match the mission's need, is it completely removable, and can it be moved inboard at a moment's notice?
If you require a fixed collar system, Mission Marine offers air filled, foam filled, and a hybrid of both air and foam filled fixed collars.

 

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Extra Space Provides Comfort

SAFE boat (left) and Mission Marine (right):  Mission Marine has a Walk in Pilot House with total Stand-Up Capabilities even while operating the boat; ease of movement; large, comfortable work area; opening sliding windows; walkthrough space between two STIDD seats; forward sloping windshield for great visibility.
Mission Marine can build boats with 2 or 4 person pilot houses.

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Binnacle Space Matters! 

SAFE boat (left) and Mission Marine (right): Mission Marine allows for future expansion as well as retro-fitting non-current electronics without complete dash alteration.  The Mission Marine boat provides sufficient dash space for all electronics to be installed, not requiring an overhead electronics suite, and it's all mounted in removable panels for ease of maintenance.  Room to work!  On the Mission Marine dashboard - there is room for a laptop  and all the switches are visible. Mission Marine helm area has plenty of room for the computer that monitors port security cameras throughout the port, navigation, police radios, and two VHF Radios (no constant switching of channels … can monitor port traffic).
 

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Bow Space Matters!

SAFE boat (left) and Mission Marine (right):  Front steps, welded front seat, extra large storage area, forward steps with hand rails.  When boarding from a high boat, dock, or wall, you have a lot less climbing and better safety.  Beam matters in the bow as well.
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Space Matters!

SAFE boat (above).  Do you plan on: 1) rescuing more than one person who might be on a back board, 2) carrying all that dive equipment with divers, and 3) just where did you plan to seat passengers associated with those never ending, but delicate VIP tours? How are you going to retrieve your divers and gear, and bring aboard those rescued? Now that you have rescued them just where do you put them?  

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Space Matters! 

withMission Marine, you can safely seat five on the bow, put the injured on the deck either forward or aft, retrieve your divers and those rescued via the side door PLUS have plenty of deck space for all that equipment. The dive door can be mounted port or starboard or both, and is securely fixed on hinges and opens inboard. The side door is also a convenient height for most floating docking, and is also used for boarding or moving equipment aboard without the normal up and down, over-the-gunnel that you have on many other boats. 

OR ….

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Even better ... this boat is equipped with an optional bow ramp which adjusts below the water level to retrieve persons and large objects in the water or to the dock level to support the loading of motorcycles, ATVs, bicycle squads, and dive gear.  

OFFICER SAFETY ALERT

Going to the Bow -

OPTION 1 - Crawling Through the Cabin

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SAFE boat (above).  Do you picture yourself with the boat underway pitching in the waves, squeezing between the passenger seat and the helm and crawling into this cabin -- with your gun belt on and/or carrying a long gun – Crawling by all those critical switches that control all the systems for your boat? (that you can accidentally turn on or off at a critical moment).  Out of sight, unable to take action, unable to see the gun battle, unlocking this hatch, pushing it open, only to have it slam close on you?

OPTION 2 - Crawling Through  Side Door

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SAFE boat (above).  First attempt to crawl side-ways through the side door ... and then tippy toe down the side of a "less-than" hand-wide gunnel, trip over a cleat, while holding onto the rail ... all while the boat is in motion, rocking and rolling?

OR ….

OPTION 3 -Just Walk Forward

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Mission Marine (above).  Would you like optional ballistic cover material and the concealment of the side of the boat where you could actually have a stable shooting platform, stay in the boat and see what is going on so you don’t become a statistic? Mission Marine offers something better that allows you to freely move about the boat without crawling or falling overboard.   Another advantage of wide beam!

OFFICER SAFETY ALERT

Shouldering

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Are you going to take defensive action by "Shouldering"?
Find the SAFE boat in the above picture (look for the orange collar).  

How easy is it to board large ships or port bulk heads from your current boat?  If you have to “shoulder” a boat to redirect its course, will your boat stand its own water and have a high, dry, secure, and stable platform?  OR will the aggressor boat operator look down on you from high ground and move you aside and/or have a target advantage?  
OFFICER SAFETY ALERT

Does Stability Really Matter?

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Stability, Stability, Stability - Side and Bow Views of the SAME moment show the stability of Mission Marine boats.

 

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WHY CAT?  IT'S JUST BETTER! 

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Mission Marine 288 Hardtop turning at locked wheel position to starboard at 30 MPH. Mission Marine boats yield improved weapons handling conditions because they are capable of nearly flat turning, providing the officer the ability to remain in visual contact with and fixed on his target.  Due to the flat-turning on the Mission Marine boat, the operator has good visibility as opposed to some boats which have severe turn list, you either see the sky or water.

 

Thank you. Please.

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Key Factors For Boat Selection
Officer Safety : Mission Marine Other Other
1. Ease of officer movement about the entire boat . . .
2. Good visibility for operators and crew under all conditions (even in a  turn).  No blind spots . . .
3. Stable shooting platform . . .
4. Provides highly visible law enforcement presence . . .
5. Able to shoulder other boats due to beam and stability . . .
6. Offers optional ballistic cover and concealment throughout the boat . . .
Is the boat capable of effectively interacting  with the characteristics of its operation area: Mission Marine Other Other
1.  Port environment with large cargo vessels . . .
2.  Boarding from high bulkheads . . .
3.  Boat is stable when impacted by constant boat wake and cross wake conditions . . .
4.  Boat's mast and antennas fold down for bridge clearance . . .
5.  Boat provides a highly visible enforcement posture in security zones . . .
6.  Effectively responds to rescues involving vessel accidents  . . .
7.  Due to high aviation traffic in the operations area - including commercial airlines, helicopters, and sea planes - is the boat equipped to effectively respond to air crashes? . . .
8.  Is the boat equipped to rescue large number of persons from the water involving ferry and tour boat crashes?  . . .
Weather Conditions : Mission Marine Other Other
1.  Rain and thunder storms - Pilot house offers comfortable shelter . . .
2. Boat offers pilot-house climate control during hot and cold extremes . . .
3.  Boat is equipped to operate in limited visibility conditions (e.g., fog and rain) . . .
4.  Boat holds its course in a strong tidal current . . .
Operator Skill Level : Mission Marine Other Other
1.  Executes with precision and forgiveness . . .
2.  Easily operated by officers with average operation skill and training . . .
3.  Boat operator has a high degree of control maneuverability due to wide beam and engine separation . . .
Boat Missions ... does the boat effectively and safely respond  to the following critical incidents: Mission Marine Other Other
1.  Cruise ship fires and explosions . . .
2.  Hijacked vessels (SWAT team deployment) . . .
3.  Plane crashes in the water . . .
4.  Major marine events  . . .
5.  Waterside demonstrations where tear gas has been deployed and drifting over the water (easily operated while wearing gas masks) . . .
6.  Is the boat comfortable, stable, and easy-to-handle while engaged in day-to-day port security zone enforcement in all weather conditions? . . .
7. Does boat support dive team operations including underwater port security, bulkhead and hull searches, deceased person recovery, and other evidence and recovery operations? . . .
8. Will the boat provide comfortable seating and smooth ride during VIP transportation? . . .
9. Will the boat effectively support missions required by your department and the agencies with whom you work? . . .
10. Is the boat properly and fully equipped to respond to hurricane aftermath, including rescue, recovery, and transportation? . . .
11. Is the boat truly multi-mission or are the missions limited by the boat? . . .
Transport Capabilities Mission Marine Other Other
1.  Easily stores and transports equipment . . .
2.  Easily transports 12 officers, excluding crew . . .
3.  C130 transportable . . .
4.  Large amount of square footage, storage, and working space . . .
Boat protection from hurricane Mission Marine Other Other
1.  Mission Marine boats can be trailered . . .
2.  Mission Marine boats can be simply picked up from the stern with a standard fork lift currently used by dry storage marinas . . .
3.  Mission Marine boats can be placed on 4X4 blocks on the ground  . . .
4. The aluminum construction provides an impact resistance surface to wind-driven  debris . . .
TotalBoat Investment Value, including considering the cost of maintenance, operation, boat longevity, engine life.   Mission Marine Other Other
1.  Extended life cycle due to aluminum construction . . .
2.  Ease of Service and Maintenance . . .
3.  Easily retro-fitted and modified (e.g., shorten or lengthen the boat, add or remove a pilot house) . . .
4.  Outboard engines are cost effective to operate/maintain and are easy to replace . . .
5.  Hydraulic lift brackets allow outboard engines to be completed lifted from the water to avoid corrosion . . .
6.  Instead of a collar, boat employs a cost-effective standard fendering system, easily maintained and replaced if necessary by the officer with no downtime . . .
7.  All electronic panels allow for ease of relocation, maintenance, and/or replacement of electronics . . .
8. The boat is constructed of high-impact aluminum . . .
9.  At the end of vessel life, aluminum can be recycled . . .

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Why Aluminum?
Aluminum effects the value of your boat and safety of your crew and mission.

An aluminum boat has greater inherent value that is real.
Upfront costs for a fiberglass boat will almost always be cheaper than for a comparable aluminum craft.  But when the costs of routine maintenance--leaks, cracks, and problems stemming from structural fatigue in fiberglass--are factored in, aluminum becomes the clear choice.

Other Disadvantages of Fiberglass
Absorbs water.
Poor quality repairs are often masked by a shiny high-gloss finish.
Hard to adapt the boat, at any time in the future, to receive equipment that may not have existed at the time you ordered and configured your boat ...  hard to make configuration changes at all.
Hard to find a place to bolt equipment.

The USCG, the world's navies, workboat professionals, and motor yachts are some of those who choose aluminum for their vessels. 

Aluminum is a high strength-low weight material
Strength is important at sea, and aluminum delivers this strength.  It has roughly twice the tensile strength of fiberglass.  Under ideal conditions, flat dry laminated reinforced plastics provide wet tensile strengths of the order of 20,000 to 40,000 psi, average 30,000.  5086 marine aluminum, non-absorbent, has tensile strength of 47,000 psi. Aluminum has the strength of steel with only one third its weight.  Aluminum's low weight requires less power to propel the vessel, resulting in lower fuel consumption.  Aluminum's light weight also allows for faster speeds, greater maneuverability, more horsepower, extra payload, and less draft.

Safety and dent resistance
Aluminum has a high resilience upon impact and will not likely splinter, puncture, or crack upon impact with an object but instead will dent.   And if the aluminum hull should need repair throughout the life of the vessel, traditional cut-and-welding methods are used that take advantage of the strength of the hull.  This also means less wait for you since repair time is dramatically decreased.

Fire-retardant
Aluminum's minimum temperature to melt is 1200 degrees.  It does not burn, blister, or rot.  These are obvious benefits over fiberglass and other plastic boats.

Resistant to corrosion
Marine aluminum will not rust.

Customer customization & uniformity of product
I
t is not expedient to mold a fiberglass hull into a customer's specific wants or job requirements, but with aluminum, customization is more viable.

 

The Bottom Line

The Mission Marine boat is truly a multi-mission boat that will perform well in a port security environment,  as a command post vessel, and in rough seas while providing an extremely stable platform for tactical operations.  
The cost of the boat encompasses the worth of the boat which is represented by the values that the boat has to offer. The cost of the boat is not merely the purchase price, but all associated expenditures during ownership.

Longevity – boat cost is spread out over greater time periods equaling cost savings..
Durability – the boat is not constantly requiring fixing of finishes, less down time..
Maintenance Costs – are reduced by the durability of the boat, but directly proportional to number of engine hours and the environment the boat is used and stored..
Operational Costs - defined by actual cost to run the boat including maintenance cost, storage costs, and crew.  A boat that provides a safe environment for the crew to operate in provides a smooth ride in rough weather for hours at a time, reduces employee fatigue, saves lost employee time from work and saves on job related employee medical bills..

The boat is multi–mission - Mission Marine boats are multi-mission - you are able to deploy it to a variety of incidents where it performs the task in an outstanding manner. The alternative is a larger fleet where the success of the mission is limited by the boat capabilities, as the boat you have is either wrong for the assignment or it requires more vessels to complete the task. The cost saving is realized by the reduction of the fleet..

Initial Investment - Sure Mission Marine boats cost more, so compare them by line item including length, beam, free board and number of hulls, to name a few and you end up with twice the boat that equates to twice stability, performance and safety. The most difficult cost estimate to be determined is for officer safety and public confidence.  In short, “you get what you pay for.” .

 

Mission Marine - Ready when you are ...

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Endorsed By:

"Mission Marine has designed and built the best law enforcement and port security boat on the market.  It is in a class of its own.

 

Its stability and calm yields an incredible ride, reduces crew fatigue, reduces stress on survivors, improves weapons handling conditions, and allows for incredible maneuverability.

 

Being prepared for the unexpected.  Mission Marine vessels provide, for its size class, an incredible amount of space to carry equipment, personnel, survivors, and medical supplies.

 

If your people are important, if the mission is critical, if multi-purpose missions is what you do – then a Mission Marine vessel is what you need.  Give your crew the very best tool to protect and serve.

 

You have to experience this ultimate law enforcement vessel to believe there is a boat with its capabilities.  Because there is nothing on the market like it … nothing even close."     -Art Serig, Retired SGT, Miami Police Department, 31 year career serving from 1974 to 2004.

Arthur L. Serig - Biography
Mr. Serig was honored in November of 2000 by the Florida Marine Intelligence Unit and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission with the first annual Award of Merit for his efforts in Marine Law Enforcement. 

Sgt. Serig is heavily involved in all aspects of marine law enforcement from chasing down drug smugglers with the USCS Blue Lightening Strike Force to working environmental and resource protection cases with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. He was instrumental in the seizure of thousands of kilos of cocaine with the USCS on the Miami River from Caribbean freighters.

Sgt. Serig sits on numerous boards and committees dealing with marine issues. He is the second vice-president of the Florida Marine Intelligence Unit and he co-chairs the Law Enforcement Committee for the newly established Biscayne Bay Partnership Initiative. He is a highly respected instructor in marine law enforcement and drug smuggling tactics courses.  He has been interviewed by numerous media personalities including David Hartman and Tom Brokaw.  He has been featured in articles around the world, including Life Magazine and has been interviewed on several occasions on the television shows COPS and America’s Most Wanted.

Sgt. Serig retired from the Miami Police Department in October of 2004, after a 31 year career.  

Sgt. Serig was promoted to the honorary rank of Lt. on his retirement date from the Miami Police Department. Serig has continued teaching, one of his passions, marine tactical and marine law enforcement courses, after his separation from the Miami Police Department. Serig is a Senior Instructor with a TAC (Tactical Advantage Consultants) a group of highly trained law enforcement specialists in the field of marine law enforcement.

Recently Serig was contracted with “Miami Vice the Movie” to drive high speed vessels during the filming of the movie in the waters off Miami. Serig holds a current Captains License from the USCG.  

Professional Associations: 

  • National Academy of Police Divers
  • Florida Marine Intelligence Unit
  • National Association of Scuba Diving Schools
  • Professional Association of Diving Instructors
  • Supervisory Committee Miami Police Federal Credit Union
  • Law Enforcement Committee for Biscayne Bay Partnership Initiative
  • Blue Lightening Strike Force
  • USCG Quality Action Team
  • Miami River Commission Public Safety Working Group
  • Department of Environmental Regulation Management Miami River Enforcement Group
  • Marine-Anti Smuggling Tactical Intelligence Cooperative
  • Miami Waterfront Board
  • Miami Anchorage Committee

 

"An officer is only as effective as his vessel; that's why I only recommend Mission Marine."  - Mickey Brelsford, Retired Lieutenant, Miami-Dade Police Department,  Marine Patrol, 30 year career serving from 1974 to 2004.  

From 1997 to 2004, Lieutenant Brelsford commanded the Marine Patrol Unit and was responsible for setting marine enforcement policy, interacting with other agencies, budget and fleet management, vessel selection, deployment of marine patrol officers and police divers. Lieutenant Brelsford was cross designated as a United States Customs and Immigration officer to cover Federal jurisdiction. Lieutenant Brelsford is a certified police diver and is very familiar with the protocols of this science. Lieutenant Brelsford’s operations area consisted of 60 mile coastline up to 12 miles off shore, as well as local waterways. His operations area contained several major ocean inlets, major cities of Miami, Miami Beach and Key Biscayne, ports of the Miami River and Miami, and Biscayne National Park.  The operations area is one of the busiest in the nation and presented major challenges, including the planning and implementation of marine deployment for the Free Trade Area of the Americas Summit in November of 2003 to the annual Columbus Day Regatta, a gathering of over 1500 vessels to celebrate a sail boat race with a 50 year tradition (which results in a small city on the water for a three day party). Challenges of the not so routine, such as recovery of deceased deep divers from artificial reefs, cruise ship fires and explosions, plane crashes, hi-jacked vessels from other countries, and responding to the never ending flow of desperate persons enroute to US shores on overloaded vessels.  Since the September 11 attacks and until his retirement, Lieutenant Brelsford worked together with the Coast Guard and numerous marine law enforcement agencies and developed port security procedures and responses.  Lieutenant Brelsford spent the last two years of his career developing port security responses to meet the Coast Guard demands for the Port of Miami River which included submitting grants for patrol vessels to meet the demands of this challenging operations area.

During his tenure, Lieutenant Brelsford was recognized by his own department as well as received commendations by numerous local, state, and federal marine enforcement agencies including: the United States Coast Guard by Public Service Commendation from Rear Admiral H. E. Johnson Jr., presentation of the 7th District and Group Miami Commanders coins, and the Hall of Justice Award from Station Miami; the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Florida Fish and Wild Life Conservation Commission, the National Park Service, the National Association of Counties for “Operation Cruise Safe” (an escort program for cruise ships departing the Port of Miami prior to September 11 attacks that were immediately adopted as the standard on September 11, to protect vessel in and out of ports); and the Dade County Commission for development of marine policies and procedures implementation as a result of September 11.

In addition, Lieutenant Brelsford grew up on the waters of Miami-Dade County, is a licensed captain, and has over 40 years of vessel operation experience on numerous waterways through out the State of Florida and the United States.   

SAFE Boat is a registered trademark of SAFE Boat International, LLC

 

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All Materials Copyrighted 2006 Mission Marine, Ltd.  All Rights Reserved.  Patent Number 6,394,014.  Mission Marine is a registered trademark of Mission Marine, Ltd.