Marine Patrol Officers Daniel Vogel (left) and Tyler Sirois on the float at Billings Diesel & Marine in Stonington with the new patrol vessel Moxie. MAINE MARINE PATROL PHOTO

Marine Patrol gets hardier boat for use around Stonington

STONINGTON — The Marine Patrol has launched a new boat in Stonington to support its work patrolling Maine’s most lucrative fishing port. The new 26-foot Patrol Vessel Moxie, built by Biddeford-based General Marine, replaces a 21-foot Boston Whaler.

“The PV Moxie’s name represents the courage and determination of Marine Patrol officers,” Marine Patrol Col. Jon Cornish said in a statement.

The new boat will provide officers Tyler Sirois and Daniel Vogel, who work in the Stonington patrol, the ability to haul lobster gear and, with an enclosed wheel house, go out in more challenging weather conditions.

“This is a much-improved platform for patrol activity in this very busy fishing port,” Cornish said.

Before getting the new boat, officers in Stonington had to bring a larger boat from either Rockland or Mount Desert Island to haul lobster gear as part of routine patrols. Now, they have a local vessel they can use to haul and inspect lobster gear without having to bring a vessel from another patrol area.

“This saves valuable time and allows us to maintain assets in the other areas.” Cornish said. “Stonington has consistently been the most lucrative port in terms of the value of landings, so we believe it is critical to invest in improved patrol assets in this area.”

The Moxie, a General Marine Blue Water 26, has a full keel for running gear protection and lateral stability, molded in spray rails and flair in the bow for a dry ride. The hull is constructed of solid, high-tech fiberglass. All hardware is 316 stainless steel above the waterline and silicon bronze below. The deck and interior are fully molded with diamond nonskid deck and molded-in hatches.

Moxie is powered by a Volvo D6 310 engine and outfitted with a full electronics package for navigation.

“This hull design ensures excellent handling, stability, and maneuverability and allows officers to access areas near shore where larger boats are unable to go,” Cornish said.

Total cost for the Moxie was $193,270, of which $160,000 was paid for through a Joint Enforcement Agreement with the National Marine Fisheries Service, which provides the Marine Patrol funding to support federal fisheries enforcement. The remainder of the cost was covered by the Department of Marine Resources.

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