June 2006

Mohave County Sheriff Updates ‘Fleet’ With Four New 24-foot Patrol Boats

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 boaters.

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.