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From the Newberg Graphic
Published 5/27/11
Sheriff’s marine patrol will ply the river in a new boat
Public safety  Larger, faster craft bought with state money and proceeds from sale of older boats
By: Laurent Bonczijk 
Published: 5/27/2011 7:00:00 PM
 
The Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office had its new boat blessed and took it for a spin at Roger’s Landing Wednesday morning.

The 21-foot Boulton Powerboat Sea Skiff will be one of two crafts the office will use to patrol the Willamette River from the Wheatland Ferry to the I-5 bridge in Wilsonville.

Capt. Ken Summers explained that the Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB) funded most of the cost of the boat because it recognizes that Roger’s Landing and that stretch of the Willamette are used by many Oregonians and not simply Yamhill County residents.

The boat cost $65,000, $45,000 of which was paid for by the OSMB, $15,000 from the sale of the department’s old boats and $5,000 from an annual community development grant.

Unlike the other boat in service, Sgt. Steve Warden said, it may be operated by a single deputy, although two is the preferred staffing. The boats will patrol the river starting this weekend and will remain on the water until Oct. 1. Weekends will see both boats in operation to handle the increased traffic on the waterway.

Chaplain Jim John, who has been with the YCSO since 2010, blessed the craft.
The craft has a tube collar to protect it during safety checks and citation contacts. It is powered by a 370 horsepower V-8 with a Hamilton 212 jet drive.
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