High-performance vessel now serving on busy Lake Minnetonka.
SUPERIOR, Wis. (August 25, 2020) – Lake Assault Boats – a leading manufacturer of purpose-built and mission-specific patrol, rescue, and fireboats – has delivered a 26-foot patrol craft to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Water Patrol Unit located in Minnesota. The boat is serving on Lake Minnetonka, Hennepin County’s busiest body of water. The craft features a center console pilothouse and an overall height (while on a trailer) of less than 12 feet 6 inches.
“We are very excited to add another Lake Assault Boats vessel to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Water Patrol Unit in Minnesota’s most populous region,” said Chad DuMars, Lake Assault Boats vice president of operations. “The craft is custom engineered to help these vital first responders perform their on-the-water patrol and rescue duties at the highest level.”
The 26-foot patrol boat features a “V” hull design engineered for a smooth, stable, and confident ride. It has an interior beam of 89-inches and a person and cargo capacity of approximately 3,000 lbs. The boat is powered by matching Mercury 200 hp engines with stainless steel props, power trim and tilt, hydraulic steering, and engine monitoring through a digital gauge package.
The center console aluminum hardtop pilothouse includes fixed windows, a forward facing padded seat box, a weapons storage locker, and a folding bench seat for the operator and navigator. The boat is equipped with a full array of electronics, including a 12-inch color touchscreen monitor, GPS, and sonar. The craft also features a full array of navigation lights, dimmable deck lights (built into the gunwale), flood lights, and interior courtesy lights.
The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Water Patrol Unit, consisting of eight deputies and 22 special deputies, oversees waterways such as Lake Minnetonka and sections of the Mississippi River and is responsible for boating enforcement, education, and emergencies.
Photo caption: Lake Assault Boats has delivered this 26-foot patrol craft to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Water Patrol Unit located in Minnesota. The boat is serving on Lake Minnetonka, Hennepin County’s busiest body of water. Photo courtesy of Lt. Shane M. Magnuson.