In February, Silver Ships/Ambar Marine finished construction on an aluminum patrol/dive boat for the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police in Savannah, Ga. The model is the shipyard’s 3510 bowloader.
The Theodore, Ala.-based yard has put a lot of money into growing its facilities over the past two years, adding two metal workshops and a paint shop.
“The process is one-and-a-half times as efficient when you do it yourself,” said Jason Powers, the yard’s general manager. “We build a pretty specialized product here. We usually design our own, but sometimes bring in outside architects.”
The new 35’×10’6″ Savannah police boat was designed by Silver Ships and will be used for inland and near-coastal patrol/dive operations.
The boat’s main propulsion comes from twin Mercury 250 Verado outboard engines that give the boat a running speed of 36 knots. There is tankage for 300 gals. of fuel.
A FLIR infrared night vision system with two control stations and a stainless-steel davit on deck are two examples of the boat’s ancillary equipment.
There is room for up to 12 crew and passengers.
Last December, Silver Ships delivered one of its AM1100 patrol boats to the state of Alabama.
The 36’×10’4″ aluminum patrol boat has a 30″ draft and is powered by a pair of Mercury outboards, producing 300 hp each. The boat has a running speed of 38 knots.
Capacities include 250 gals. of fuel and 15 gals. fresh water.
The patrol boat has a crew/passenger capacity of 12 and carries a Furuno electronics package in the wheelhouse. Like the Savannah boat, it, too, carries a FLIR infrared night vision system with two control stations and remote monitors.
Powers said his company builds a lot of municipal and state-owned boats, but those orders only account for about 30 percent of the yard’s business. Silver Ships does the majority of its work for the federal government.
“NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) is a really good customer of ours,” said Powers, “as is the Navy.”