Annapolis, MD (PRWEB) January 22, 2009
http://www.zodiacmilpro.com (Zodiac of North America, Inc.), the world's leading manufacturer of military and commercial inflatable boats and rigid-hull inflatable boats (RIBs), announced the launch of their new Zodiac Enforcer line of high performance RIBs tailored to the needs of marine law enforcement agencies. The Enforcer series will be first displayed to the public and law enforcement customers at the Miami International Boat Show, booth E85.
"Our military and Coast Guard customers have long understood the performance advantages of Zodiac RIBs and Zodiac Hurricane RIBs. What we needed for law enforcement was a vessel that could deliver these same characteristics, but at the price point of a production-built boat," said Steve Seigel, Vice President and General Manager of the Zodiac Military and Professional Products Division. "We achieved this with the Enforcer line by distilling the options down to build the quintessential law enforcement boat. Agencies can still customize their electronics and communications packages, but the basic boat is a common platform."
The inflatable collars on Zodiac RIBs provide significant advantages for operators. It permits a DeepV hull to run the length of craft. This allows the Zodiac Enforcer to slice through the water with less of the up and down action that contributes to operator fatigue. They also provide a safe and stable boarding platform - operators can make safe contact with another vessel, then board without the tippiness of a regular boat. Finally, the lightweight design uses less fuel to achieve the same performance characteristics of similar-sized traditional boats.
Seigel reports that the price of the Enforcer line is comparable to that of traditional boats used by law enforcement. Importantly for fleet operators, the Zodiac Enforcer line uses HALF the fuel of similar-sized traditional boats. Depending on the prevailing cost for fuel, municipalities can likely offset the cost of the Enforcer in fuel savings in one to two years. The Zodiac Enforcer line will be manufactured at the Zodiac factory in Summerville, SC.
About Zodiac of North America, Inc.
Zodiac of North America Inc. is the wholly-owned subsidiary of Zodiac Marine and Pool (http://www.zodiac-marine-pool.com), a Carlyle Group portfolio company (http://www.carlyle.com). Zodiac is the inventor and world-leading manufacturer of inflatable boats and RIBs, with headquarters in Stevensville, MD, a U.S. factory in Summerville, SC, and service offices in San Diego, CA, South Bend, IN, Portland, OR, and Van Buren, AR. Zodiac is the only manufacturer to offer a training academy, service certification for dealers, a global network of service centers, and a robust North American network of dealers. Zodiac is CE and NMMA certified. Additional information on Zodiac can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.zodiacmilpro.com and http://www.zodiacacademy.com