New Boston Whaler For Bermuda Police Service

October 1, 2015

The police have taken delivery of a new police vessel, with the $245,000 32’ Boston Whaler replacing its predecessor following a marine survey that revealed structural hull failure beyond repair in the 18 year old boat.

A police spokesperson said, “The Bermuda Police Service has taken delivery of a new police vessel. Heron 3 is a 32’ Boston Whaler that replaces its predecessor of the same name.

“The former boat, a 27’ Boston Whaler was taken out of service last December following a commissioned marine survey that revealed structural hull failure beyond repair. The boat was 18 years old.

“The new Heron 3 was specially equipped for police patrols by Brunswick Commercial Government Products Ltd., based in the USA. It is powered by twin Evinrude 300HP G2 outboard engines that were purchased through the local Evinrude dealer, Bermuda Marine and Supply.

“The total cost of the vessel is $245,000 and funding was made available in the Police capital budget for 2015/16.

BPS Heron 3 Bermuda October 2015

Heron 3 has been fitted with BPS corporate markings that ensure it is highly visible whilst patrolling inshore and offshore territorial waters.”

Commissioner of Police, Michael DeSilva, said: “The vessel is a welcomed addition to our small fleet of six boats, some of which are aging considerably and coming close to the end of their operational life.

“It will be a significant asset to help maintain our presence on the water, to police significant maritime events during the summer, and to contribute to the national effort of search and rescue response.”

The rest of the police marine fleet includes Guardian – 51’ Austal [2006], Heron 1 – 22’ Boston Whaler [2001], Heron 2 – 27’ Boston Whaler [1993], Rescue 1 – 30’ Zodiac [2008], Rescue 2 – 24’ Halmatic [2001].

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  1. Nice just in time for America’s Cup,those expired contracts of the 10 officers was very timely.

    • L EARN TO SALE says:

      Wow Onion Juice. I read your post and without seeing who wrote it I knew it was you! If nothing else you are a c#ntsistent poster.

      • Hey this is Hanbury’s annual salary.

        • Hey SpongeBob, we are broke , there is no money, money don’t grow on trees, oh I forgot, you just don’t get it.

          • Left Guard says:

            We are not broke, we just can’t find $800 million that went missing on your watch OnionJuice. Any clues? If we can locate where it went we can retrieve it and pay off some of our debt.

  2. maintenance says:

    18 years old is young if maintained correctly.

    250k seems a lot for just a 37′ boat with a few 300 on it. I hope those are disels.

    What they needed to do is send someone away to survey a used coast boat from one of these contries that are upgrading their fleet.

    I could have gotten more boat for 250k got to Bermuda and duty paid.

    • inna says:

      “18 years old is young if maintained correctly.”

      Not the way these boats are run mate.

      Just look at DREB’s fast ferries. And dare i say the buses?

      • Logic76 says:

        I wonder where the boat with “structural hull failure beyond repair” is now and what plans are in place for it…

        • Toodle-oo says:

          For a Boston Whaler to have a ‘structural hull failure beyond repair’ I’d sure like to know what that is. The only thing that I can think of is if it hit a mine .
          The Police only buy the commercial/government production ones and they’re even more ‘built’ than the civilian models.

          I’m sure that someone will get a sweetheart deal on the old one and put a few thousand into it and have a perfectly good boat for another 40 years.

    • Serious says:

      Diesel outboard? Lol idiot

      • maintenance says:

        And it even tells you why.

        I would buy a used boat refurbished it for way cheeper.
        It would be much bigger and better for offshore missions.
        Bermuda dose not need police on the waters away we need a coastguard. Again I say scrap the regiment and keep boat troop then train them to turn it into a coastguard.

        http://articles.maritimepropulsion.com/article/New-300hp-(224-kW)-Diesel-Outboard29225.aspx

        • L EARN TO SALE says:

          Sure…. and then when you have to call on the marine police for help and the engine fails you would be the first person to complain (no wait 2nd after Onion Juice) that an essential service responsible for saving lives should never have purchased a used vessel.

          • Um, how much are we renting the Rhode Island Ferry for?

            • Left Guard says:

              Um, now much a new Ferry cost, and Um how much do we spend on maintenance each year? You do the math?

    • mangrove tree says:

      Its all about stress cycles.Basically each time a glass reinforced plastic(“fiberglass”) hull has been though a stress cycle , ie hitting a wave at speed , it loses a little bit of strength and stiffness. Eventuly the hull becomes structurly unsound , and unrepairable.As peoples lives depend on the boat, the surveyors decided that the boat is done. As for the price, why don’t you start building custom commercial spec. law enforcement boats and see what the lowest price is you can do it for.

      • Logic76 says:

        That’s not the case in regards to the 27′ whaler that has been replaced. Her hull is solid and you’ll see her on the water looking very pretty, very soon.

        • My Say says:

          It is quite apparent that all the regiment experts fully understand the day to day operation of these Police vessels and what they have been through.Go back to being aquatic cowboys!

        • mangrove tree says:

          What ever, I hope that when the Regiment is toodling around “looking pretty” they don’t discover what material fatigue is,and hope that no one is injured .

  3. well done says:

    Stop getting Evinrudes on your boats!!!!!! might save you a few thousand $$ in maintenance every year.

    • Sure doubt anything else would hold up against them. Time will tell.

      • Well done says:

        They should have some new yam 4 strokes for reliability, althought evinrudes are hella powerful and light

  4. just asking says:

    The boating community is looking like (you paid what for WHAT) LOL yah bie you got robbed lol. Yah not searss

    • Evinrude says:

      The boat community is laughing at what, this vessel is nothing like any other Boston whaler in Bermuda purposely built for military and police use not consumer, evinrude g2 motors are best in class for fuel economy, power, torque and warranty period

      • Evinrude says:

        Proof is in the pudding for I people that disliked.

      • Bob says:

        garbage engines, should of gone with Yamaha. If they are so good, why was the rib just kitted with yamahas?

    • L EARN TO SALE says:

      The boating community should probably say thanks the next time they call for help. We paid X Millions of $ for fast Ferries that never EVER travel more than 12 miles (St George to Dockyard) a few times a year and have a bar snack area that I have never seen open. But the marine police get an upgrade after 18 years for a vehicle responsible for saving lives patrolling our waters for drugs and illegal fishing and we complain Go figure!

  5. smh says:

    Once again Bermuda has been fooled…32 ft B.Wailer with twin 300 evirudes for 1/4 million dollars? The dealer must be smiling all the way to the bank!!!

  6. chip says:

    were the money appear from all closed eyes no sleep

  7. lol says:

    Actually these boats are 225g from boston whaler, you get what you pay for…

    • Terry says:

      Then they should have bought 4 14′ters.

      It’s the boat.
      It’s the crew.

    • Wally says:

      It’s actually a “Justice”, Google commercial Justice Whaler, not for sale to the public. Military and Police only.

    • Wally says:

      The bot didn’t come from Boston Whaler FYI.

      • lol says:

        Your an idiot. So who made the boat? Toyota?

        • Left Guard says:

          Do you believe that the same Jeep or Humvee that you can purchase in a store is made to the same specs and has the same features as those made for the Military and Police? RIVA takes Yamaha Jetskis and modifies them for racing. They are still Yamaha Jetskis however, they are from the typical retail Yamaha Jetski. Many other companies do the same thing. They take boats, jetskis, truck, cars …whatever and customize them for specific industries or purposes!

          Still feeling like the samart one, or are you feeling more like the IDIOT now.

  8. Ameboa says:

    was in govt budget…hmmm the police have bought lots of new vehicles lately. I wonder what will happen when the contracts are up for wage talks and they give them 0.1% raise and they asking for 5%.

  9. Whattsapnin says:

    Well, she certainly has a lot of spirit in her; now…!

  10. Interesting says:

    I will say this. It is an awesome looking boat. As for where the old one is. I heard its up warwick camp fixed and waiting for new motors. But thats just what I heard.

  11. just onion says:

    Pretty! Can she keep up with a jet ski?

    • smh says:

      Cant wait for sea doo release the 300hp jetskis…we will see next summer if it was worth the 1/4 million.

  12. bermy bud says:

    Gotta unsinkable boat with evenrude etec!? The bda police just dont learn smh! Yamaha is the most reliable and efficent engine isnt that why u switched the rest of ya fleet with yamaha?

    • evinrude says:

      Yamaha is not most reliable, has less hp, burns more fuel, heavier, less torque,and dirtier for the water. speak fact before you talk.

    • Bullseye says:

      Yamaha is actually the least efficient and the dirtiest.

  13. steve says:

    Its a pleasure to have so many boat and engine appraisers on this thread. Do take into account the decision to purchased was based on buying an appropriate tool for the job by people who are also BDA boat owners that have (at least as much) knowledge of engine quality and comparable costs. “hey bye, shoulda put 4 seagulls on the back of a raft and sprayed ‘police’ on er”

  14. unknown says:

    Woow… so whats next? Helicopters?