Several years ago, our agency began a search to find a suitable vessel to replace our nearly 20-year-old patrol boat. After looking at many different patrol boat manufacturers and speaking with other law enforcement agencies about their boats, we discovered Moose Boats , LLC. We reached out to them and set up a meeting/test drive in the San Francisco Bay. Immediately, we were impressed with the M3 we drove and knew for certain that this was the boat we needed in Santa Cruz.
During our search we looked at and test drove several other manufacturers’ boats, but there was no question the Moose M3 was at the top of our list because of its stability, hull profile and maneuverability. Our agency performs about 100 marine rescues per year in the Monterey Bay area, where conditions can be extremely hazardous. We needed a heavy and seaworthy patrol boat to complete our mission and get home safe.
After securing funding, we began the 2-year build process with Moose Boats, and their team involved us every step of the way. They re-designed the cabin and made every change and customization we requested. They really took the time to listen to our needs, rather than telling us what we needed. The vessel took 2 years to build and it was well-worth the wait! We could have had a boat quicker if we went with another manufacturer, but to us it was more important to get the right boat, built the right way, than rush something we wouldn’t be as happy with. Moose builds their boats carefully, one at a time, and their craftmanship is unparalleled.
We took delivery of our boat in January 2022 and immediately put it to the test! Despite having very high expectations for the boat our entire staff feels it came out better than we expected; it’s a dream come true for our agency. The vessel has already saved multiple lives and assisted dozens of mariners in a matter of months. Our operators have been able to continue to calls in conditions that would have prevented a response in our old vessel. We feel confident we can get to every call, every time, no matter what the ocean throws at us!
We couldn’t be happier with our new patrol boat and the team at Moose has my highest recommendation! If you are looking for a new patrol/fire boat, look no further than Moose Boats, LLC.