2003-08-01 / Community

U.S. Parks Police Get $400K Moose-Cat

By Brian Magoolaghan
U.S. Parks Police Get $400K Moose-Cat By Brian Magoolaghan


Shiny and new—a peek at one of Marine 2’s diesel jets.Shiny and new—a peek at one of Marine 2’s diesel jets.

Is it a moose, or is it a cat? Actually, it’s both, and it has already helped the Marine Division of the U.S. Parks Police make rescues in Jamaica Bay.

Moose Boats is the manufacturer of Marine 2—a high-tec cat-hulled (catamaran) boat that boasts two 370 horsepower jet drive diesels. Other features include a tow reel, a large swim platform that allows people in the water to come aboard more easily, an impressive Northstar navigational system and night vision. She is dedicated in memory of Sergeant Ricardo Preston.

On July 17, Marine 2 was used to pull two men from the water near Beach 129 Street and Beach Channel Drive. The men, and two others, were aboard a small fishing boat that capsized after being swamped by the wake of a passing boat. No one was harmed in the incident, but one man was taken to the hospital.

Marine 2 can travel at almost 40 knots and draws about 10 inches at that speed, according to Sergeant Grant Arthur, who seemed to be very happy with the newest addition to the fleet.


Officer Pete Culver, shown here aboard Marine 2, helped in a recent Jamaica Bay rescue involving four people and a capsized boat.Officer Pete Culver, shown here aboard Marine 2, helped in a recent Jamaica Bay rescue involving four people and a capsized boat.

Marine 2 also sports a rear helm that allows the boat’s captain to control her speed and direction from inside the cabin or outside, closer to the swim platform.

She’s all aluminum, has a non-skid deck surface and her hull is wrapped with a continuous bumper which means she can pull right up to other vessels without damaging it. For creature comforts there are shock-absorbing seats, air conditioning and even a microwave.

This type of boat can also be "walked" laterally—which increases the boats maneuverability, Arthur said.

All of this technology and function comes at a price. Arthur said the total cost of the boat is around $400,000, but he also said he hopes parks purchases another Moose boat next year.


Sergeant Grant Arthur, l, and Officers Chris Pickel and Pete Culver, right, aboard the brand new Marine 2.Sergeant Grant Arthur, l, and Officers Chris Pickel and Pete Culver, right, aboard the brand new Marine 2.
Marine 2 can be driven in low water and can even run up on marshes to perform rescues. She even sports a bow ladder to help people climb on and off.Marine 2 can be driven in low water and can even run up on marshes to perform rescues. She even sports a bow ladder to help people climb on and off.

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