City and Port District Fund Fire-Rescue Boat
A $55,000 fiber-glass, 28-foot fire-rescue patrol boat with international orange deck and trunk cabin for high visibility was delivered to the City of San Buenaventura, Calif., in June.
Funded jointly by the city and the Ventura Port District, the boat is operated by the Ventura Fire Department. She is powered with twin 270-hp Crusader fresh-water-cooled gasoline engines. During the builder’s trials, the modified deep vee hull with monohedron afterbody and 16-degree deadrise showed a top speed of 36 mph (31 knots) at 90 percent of maximum engine rpm under normal load conditions.
Built by Uniflite, Inc., Bellingham, Wash., the boat is a standard 28-foot patrol boat fitted with a fire fighting system specified by the Ventura Fire Department. A single 100-hp Volvo Penta pump engine drives a fire pump with 500-gpm capacity at 100 psi.
With bright orange decks, white hull, and black bottom and rubrail, the craft makes a startling appearance with its 13-foot 4-inch-long open, two-level self-bailing cockpit. Steering and control station is at the forward end of the cockpit, protected by a venturi windscreen of tinted acrylic.
A fire fighting monitor with a capacity rating of 500 gpm is mounted on the foredeck. Two 2 1/2-inch hose connections are located in the cockpit. A transom boarding platform and transom gate facilitate launching and recovery of divers and accident victims. The arch-type mast is fitted with radar antenna, two electric loud hailer/sirens, two floodlights, two spotlights, two rotating blue strobe lights and twin trumpet horn.
Additional equipment includes a 1 1/4-inch salvage pump with 25-foot flexible suction hose, belt-driven by one of the main engines through an electric clutch; four 30-pound dry chemical fire extinguishers; docking and transom lights, and towing bitt.
Trials of the fire fighting system showed satisfactory operation of the monitor at full pump capacity at 100 psi and operation at full capacity at 100 psi with two 100-foot lengths of 2 1/2-inch hose and 1 1/2-inch nozzles.
The boat is 28 feet 2 inches overall with a 10-foot 10-inch beam. The forward 15 feet is decked and has a 9-foot-long trunk cabin with two berths, chart table, storage cabinets, walk-in equipment locker and rope locker in the forepeak.
Hull and deck construction is hand laid up fire-retardant fiber glass. The decks are cored with end grain balsa wood, the cockpit with 5/8-inch marine plywood, and hull framing is four full-length fiber-glass stringers with 2-inch polyurethane foam cores and foam-cored bulkheads and floors. The hull is classified and labeled by Underwriters’ Laboratories as to fire-retardancy and laminate strength.