AZBW NEWS SERVICE — Sheriff Tom Sheahan has added
four new "state-of-the-art" boats to the fleet of vessels his
department has patrolling Mohave County’s waterways.
Three of the
new 24-foot Boston Whaler Justice patrol boats have replaced aging
Boston Whalers previously stationed on Lake Havasu — the fourth is
currently in-service on Lake Mead.
The new boats, which are equipped with twin 200 hp Mercury motors
and state-of-the-art electronics — including a digital throttle
system, lighting, and radio equipment — were purchased entirely from
grant funds from the State Lake Improvement Fund.
"We were able to obtain these new boats to provide continued
safety to our community and visitors on the water," Sheahan said.
Currently there are 10 boats stationed in Lake Havasu, two boats
at Meadview on Lake Mead, and one on the Colorado River, the
sheriff’s office said.
State Lake Improvement Funds are derived from a percentage of
motor fuel taxes and watercraft registration fees paid by Arizona
The program, which is administered by Arizona State Parks,
annually obtains approximately $6 million, which is available for
disbursement in a competitive grant process.
Since 2000, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said that it has
received over $1 million in state grant funding to modernize its
fleet of patrol boats.