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Fireboat Tiburon Christened Saturday

Ken Royal christens the new fireboat Tiburon with pride. Royal has been an integral part of the creation of this high-powered jet catamaran.

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A new 35-ft fireboat for the Bay was christened over the weekend at San Francisco YC in Tiburon. Built by Moose Boats in Petaluma, the aluminum catamaran named Tiburon, is powered by twin 380 horsepower diesel engines with Hamilton jet drives. The 22-inch draft of Tiburon allows it to enter shallow areas such as Richardson Bay and the vessel is well equipped to handle both marine and some land fires. It will be the only boat on the Bay crewed by firefighters and paramedics to provide advanced life support medical care.

Tiburon shoal draft will make it easy for it to reach boats in shallow spots.

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We actually had the chance to see Tiburon in action Monday afternoon as it practiced its firefighting techniques on Richardson Bay. Unfortunately, it was a little too far away for a good photo op but we were duly impressed by her water-spraying prowess.

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