Patrol boat impresses

The WorkBoat Show is a great opportunity for manufacturers to introduce new products to the market. Literally thousands of customers will walk by during the three days of the show. Brunswick Commercial and Government Products’ military sales division took the opportunity to bring its newest boat to New Orleans and let people walk around it, explore it, and maybe buy it.

“Welcome to the new Sentry!” said Jay Milner of Metalcraft Marine as he introduced the Brunswick Sentry 32 patrol boat. The Sentry Class is a joint venture between two of the leaders in patrol and high-speed attack craft: MetalCraft Marine of Kingston, Ontario and Brunswick of Edgewater, Fla.

“We recognized MetalCraft as a valuable partner when we decided to expand our product offerings into the aluminum market,” said Brunswick’s marketing manager Catherine Carlson.

The new aluminum-hulled, high-speed patrol boats are fast, lightweight and built to last. If there is such a thing as a “classic” patrol boat, it is the Brunswick Sentry.  Reminiscent of the once ubiquitous Boston Whaler style police boat, the Sentry has a “go fast” look without the aggressive styling of many of its competitors.

I am wondering if the Sentry might signal a return to a “pre 9/11” aesthetic where patrol craft can be nimble and able but still look like a boat rather than a military vehicle prowling around our harbors.

There will be several customizable models available as the class develops. The debut model features a raised pilothouse for weather protection and all-around visibility. Propulsion can be customized with twin or triple outboards or diesel waterjets delivering up to 700 hp.

This boat is successful collaboration of two excellent boatbuilders, and we saw it here first.

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Kathy Bergren Smith

Kathy Bergren Smith has been a correspondent with WorkBoat since 2002. She is also a writer and photographer for the Port of Baltimore Magazine covering shipping and port activities. Smith, also a noted commercial and fine art photographer, resides in Annapolis, Md.

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