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CCSO gets new patrol boat from state


Representatives from the Oregon State Marine Board at the Portland Expo Center Jan. 9 turned over the keys to a new boat to Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts and Sgt. Steve Thoroughman, the marine patrol program manager.

by: PHOTO COURTESY: OREGON MARINE BOARD - This 22-foot aluminum River Wild boat is Clackamas County's first Marine Board-purchased boat that produces low-carbon emissions.The 22-foot aluminum River Wild boat (and trailer) from Liquid Technologies in Grants Pass, is the first Marine Board-purchased boat to be equipped with a 6-liter turbo diesel engine that produces low-carbon emissions and is more fuel-efficient than an equivalent gasoline engine.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office previously operated a 1988 Duckworth, 1984 Whitewater, and 2001 Zodiac and contributed $37,069 through their trade-in. The Marine Board contributed $51,631 for a total cost of $88,700.

“The extended engine life and improved fuel efficiency should save approximately $42,000 over the 20-year life of the boat,” said Mervin Hee, waterways coordinator for the Marine Board. “Because it’s built with the most modern technology, this boat will be much more cost-effective to operate with very little maintenance and huge fuel savings. This boat will serve the boaters of Clackamas 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 boating safety services (on-the-water enforcement, training and equipment), education/outreach materials, and boating access facilities.