Essex, CT, Puts 26-Foot Patrol Vessel in Service

Sept. 7, 2018
Lake Assault Boats delivered a 26-foot patrol vessel to the Town of Essex Resident State Trooper’s Office located in Essex, CT.

Lake Assault Boats delivered a 26-foot patrol vessel to the Town of Essex Resident State Trooper’s Office located in Essex, CT. The craft – placed into service early this summer – serves along portions of the Connecticut River that flows through Middlesex County.

“We are very excited to deliver and help place this versatile patrol boat into service along a busy stretch of the Connecticut River that flows through Essex, Connecticut,” said Chad DuMars, Lake Assault Boats vice president of operations. “The craft is custom-built and is equipped with a wide array of advanced technologies to enhance the department’s patrol and emergency response capabilities.”

“We had the opportunity to evaluate a Lake Assault fire boat demonstration during the time we were identifying our requirements for a new patrol boat, and we liked what we saw,” said Town of Essex Resident State Trooper David Tretter. “This stretch of the Connecticut River waterfront is filled with marinas, islands, and significant boat traffic, and our new patrol craft sees extensive duty Friday through Sunday. It is also on call around the clock for any emergencies that might arise. Our team is extremely happy with its performance and reliability.”

The welded aluminum craft features a progressive “V” hull design with a 16-18 degree dead rise and a full width dive platform at the transom. It is powered by a pair of Suzuki 150 hp outboard motors with digital throttle and shift systems. The boat is equipped with sonar, radar, a VHF radio, and a forward looking infrared (FLIR) camera system. The 8-foot long pilothouse is fully enclosed with excellent outward visibility, twin sliding and locking doors, air ride shock suspension seating and a 76-inch interior clearance height.

Lake Assault Boats are born in a shipyard, designed for a mission, tested on Lake Superior, and custom engineered using technology and resources unmatched in the fireboat industry. Lake Assault offers a wide range of custom hull designs and configurations suitable for use on inland lakes and rivers, and intercoastal and offshore waters, to meet the needs of first responders. For more information visit


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