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we've built," incorporating the latest in concepts and equipment. Donart is a retired fire chief who operated fireboats on Coeur d' Alene Lake before joining Northwind. Northwind also has recently delivered boats to several ports in Ohio and Maryland. Northwind operates in a complex of buildings in Seattle's south end industrial section along the Duwamish Waterway. In addition to fire and rescue boats, Northwind builds several lines of inflatable rigid aluminum hull boats (ARIB) and takes on a range of special projects. Northwind last summer completed an order for 20 boats for use by Iraqi security forces, Reagan said. The boat built for Edmonds will be named the Charles E. Cain, after a longtime Edmonds volunteer fireman. Among other accomplishments, Cain started the Edmonds Fire Safety Foundation, Chief Tomberg said. The foundation contributed a range of equipment for the boat. The boat will be moored at Edmond's 668-berth marina for use on call by the community's fire and police departments. Edmonds crews also provide rescue and patrol services at nearby Edmonds Underwater Park, popular with area scuba divers. Chief Tomberg also pointed out that the boat will be useful in fighting fires in brush along the shore in areas only accessible from the water. In the past, he said, "We've even had to come down over cliffs or run down the railroad tracks carrying emergency equipment. On occasions we've even had to put equipment on BNFS trains to get into and out of the areas." The boat will be able to pull to shore in 2.5 ft. of water and deploy steps to beaches. The overall length of the boat is 30 ft. with two ft. added for the outboard well. Maximum beam is 9.5 ft. Draft is 1.5 ft. The fuel cell holds 200 gallons. Aluminum plate used in construction is marine alloy #5086 while structural framing materials are fabricated from #5086 and #5052 aluminum plate. A double row of Johnson DB 75, heavy duty rubber fendering is installed around the bow. Two counter rotating Honda 225 hp outboards are equipped with extra long shafts and stainless steel props. The 320 hp propulsion/pumping engine is controlled from the pilot station. The water jet propulsion pump unit is modified with a specially designed aluminum diverter assembly leading into the fire fighting manifold. Discharge water volume at the monitor is in excess of 1,000 gpm at 115 psi and 3,000 gpm at 55 psi. The bow mounts a 3-in. valved outlet fitted with a 3-in. monitor suitable for a 2.5 in. adjustable fog and solid stream nozzle. Discharge ports include a 4 in. Storz in the bow area, a 4-in. gated swivel Storz in the stern with two 2.5 in. gated NST outlets and one 1.5 in. NST gated discharge with a hose rack on the portside in cockpit area across from the dive door. The electrical system is a 12-volt D.C. system consisting of four Group 31 heavy-duty marine series batteries, isolation boxes and a DC circuit breaker electrical distribution panel. The pilot cabin is fitted with a Todd pedestal seat. The navigator's station involves a removable Todd chair on the casualty bench. Miscellaneous equipment includes bow beaching plates, 10-in. cleats, a stainless steel bow eye, self-bailing decks, and a starboard mounted 500-lb. capacity manual davit. Northwind calls this type of boat the "Argus Class." The class was designed to meet Lloyds' specifications for Special Service Craft and boats "are heavily constructed ... to withstand commercial conditions and are engineered and built to be used in emergency operations and daily patrol use including boarding of other vessels and normal beaching." The hull structure and component parts are fabricated using CAD/CAM engineering and cut by a numerically controlled plasma machine. The hull is designed to keep the vessel buoyant if the boat is swamped or overturned, with watertight voids filled with USCG certified flotation foam. For more information email@example.com 32 · MarineNews · November 2006