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    Default What is your Boat/Motor Combination for Flood Responses

    Flood responses have become a common activity in many parts of the country. Being able to safely get to a stranded victim requires proper PPE and a boat that will meet the challenges of the event.

    What size and type of boats and motors do you use for these responses?

    What have been the pros and cons of the boat and motor combination you utilize?


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    Zodiac, RHI, 12 foot w/ 30HP BRP motor. It is light enough to carry with 3 people, maneuvers like a dream.

    I really like our motor. Enough power to go against a current, but not a monster motor that weighs a ton either. Have a neighboring department that uses a 20HP on a similar boat, they just do not have the power to go upstream in much current with the 20HP. The BRP motor is a two stroke that mixes the fuel/oil by itself, so we only have to keep gas in the tank, don't have to worry about mixing the fuel.
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    14 ft Demaree catamaran style inflatable with a 25 HP Johnson 2-stroke. Very stable and maneuverable. We are frequently in the Mississippi River doing water rescue standbys when the river is well above flood stage. Up to 3 people in the boat and it planes easily and zooms. 6 to 8 people in the boat and it doesn't have enough power to plane. Bogs down a little but we still get there, just a little slower.

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    We've got a 14' Flatbottom with a 35HP Johnson, more than enough power to get where we need to go. The boat is an extra wide model and has extra stiffeners in it so it's very stable and rugged. It will hold 7 people easily.

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    We have a 14' inflatable with a 25 HP Evinrude E-Tec. So far it has had plenty of power to get us where we need to go.

    A good boat operator is a necessity, our old inflatable was killed by an inexperienced operator that struck a submerged sign.

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    Mercury inflatable HD 12'6" with a 25 HP Mercury motor.So far so good!The important thing is learning your limits.
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    Wow, no one is using a jet drive... My department utilizes Envinrude jet drives on our Zodiacs. We have had good service with them and they are great in the river and flood debris. No prop to screw up, no prop guard to bend and best of all if you have to get in the water no prop to cut your rescuers limbs off!
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    We utilize FSI 14' and 16' inflatables and two 30HP Mercury short-shaft outboards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmatthe2 View Post
    Wow, no one is using a jet drive... My department utilizes Envinrude jet drives on our Zodiacs. We have had good service with them and they are great in the river and flood debris. No prop to screw up, no prop guard to bend and best of all if you have to get in the water no prop to cut your rescuers limbs off!
    I've never operated a jet drive boat but saw an interesting water rescue demonstration by the sheriff's dept., involving one in Mobile, AL several years ago. The jet drive intake got clogged with floating plant life and had to be towed to shore by a conventional motor boat. The tow occurred after clearing the intake several times and getting clogged repeatedly. It didn't inspire my confidence.

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    Check with Jeff Clark. I hear he is awesome...

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    My department only uses jet drives. I am not assigned to the swim team so I don't know exactly what the use but I know the are 16 ' inflatables made by dib with outboard jet drives.

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