A 22’ shallow-draft aluminum hull design that can operate as outboard boats or 4,000 lb. capacity barges is at the center of a new system offered for oil spill and emergency responders by builder Elastec, Carmi, Ill.

The Inlander Response Boat & Barge is a 22’x8’5” hull that draws as little as 3” built of 5052 aluminum 3/16” thick, in a semi-vee form with 6 degrees deadrise. Configured as either an outboard powered boat with up to twin 50-hp engines or barge, the hulls can be harnessed or lashed aside each other to create large, stable work platforms.

As makers of environmental cleanup products including oil skimmers and workboats, Elastec company officials say they saw the need for a versatile, shallow-draft boat and barge system, after seeing responders on inland waters sometimes resorting to using recreational fishing boats to cleanup spills.

The Inlander boat propulsion options offer maximum speed-to-weight performance when loaded with gear to quickly and safely reach control points. Ranging from 50-hp tiller outboard motors to twin 90-hp outboards with hydraulic steering, the river utility boat can reach speeds up to 46 mph.

In barge configuration the Inlander offers 115 sq. feet of deck space, ample for booms, skimmers and other equipment, to be towed by an Inlander boat with 95 sq. feet of deck space around its center console. The hulls have sides 36" from deck to gunwale to securely carry cargo.

A fully equipped Inlander boat includes side cargo lashing rails and cleats; non-skid deck; bow and stern rubber bumpers; bow and stern davit and boom receivers; a steering console; a tow post with accessories arch; 12 volt electrical system with breakered switch panel; and hydraulic steering for twin 50-hp Suzuki outboard engines, with controls and 50 gal. fuel tank system.


Contributing Editor Kirk Moore was a reporter for the Asbury Park Press for over 30 years before joining WorkBoat in 2015. He wrote several award-winning stories on marine, environmental, coastal and military issues that helped drive federal and state government policy changes. He has also been an editor for WorkBoat’s sister publication, National Fisherman, for over 25 years. Moore was awarded the Online News Association 2011 Knight Award for Public Service for the “Barnegat Bay Under Stress,” 2010 series that led to the New Jersey state government’s restoration plan. He lives in West Creek, N.J.