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prj posted 07-02-2002 12:26 PM ET (US)   Profile for prj   Send Email to prj  
i was at summerfest in milwaukee on sunday, enjoying some sprechers (finest beer going) and alt rock when i noted that the milwaukee fire dept's whaler pulled up to dock. the fire(wo)men must have been thirsty also.

i spoke with the gent standing by the boat to query specs, etc...

my guess was a 27', classic hull, clearly stated on the side "commercial products division" gray gelcoat, inboard power.

his response: 32 footer, twin chevy 454s, middle 30s top end, not enough speed, not enough deck space in the rear for the dive team. lamented that they didnt get the harbor cops boat which was passing by at about the same time. it appeared to be an aluminum 35' cutter style vessel with a much larger rear operating platform. i flatly stated he was operating the finest craft in the harbor.

i didnt believe a 32' classic hull was made, anyone know? perhaps he was counting the large swim platform of f the back.

how common is it for the CPD boats to be inboard powered? twin 454s? whats the approx HP rating for those engines versus the max. rating for the boat?

aside, i saw this same whaler run up the milwaukee river to fight a fire with its bow mounted hose cannon after the U.S v. Mexico World Cup match, about 4 in the morning. awfully exciting to see the monster run by on plane in a narrow urban river at that time of the night/morning.

anyone else have an exciting / unique / favorite whaler that your local authorites operate? ever discuss the boat with them to get their opinions?

bigz posted 07-02-2002 03:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Yep it has been determined BW offered the 31 for a fews years in the early 90's through the Commerical Division then it was discontined around '93 or '94.

The first 31's appeared in '89 model year I think might have been '88 not sure.

31'9" LOA less pulpit, 11'10" beam, 38" draft, 313 gallons of fuel, offered as a gas or diesel inboard or an inboard gas I/O.

There was a discussion not long ago on this boat in the Commerical Division can't find the thread. Z

MilwaukeeWhaler posted 07-02-2002 04:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for MilwaukeeWhaler  Send Email to MilwaukeeWhaler     
There are at least 4 big cpd's in Milwaukee. They dock at the "A" dock in McKinley Marina. Sweet rides for sure. That fire was at Beerline Condos. I looked at them the day before they burned to the ground.~mw
prj posted 07-02-2002 04:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for prj  Send Email to prj     
yea, really something to watch the fire, nothing burns like EIFS on wood!

mw, which is "A" dock, please reference cardinal points, love to check them out during a walk to escape the swelter.

bigz posted 07-02-2002 04:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Might add that the 27 hull was the first prior to the short offering off the 31 and now the current and only BIG hull offered by the Commercial Division called as it has been for some years the Vigilant. This is the one you generally see the 31's are far and in between. Z
MilwaukeeWhaler posted 07-03-2002 09:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for MilwaukeeWhaler  Send Email to MilwaukeeWhaler     
McKinley's A dock is the dock furthest North. Right behind the main office. The docks are locked but you can get a good look from land.~mw

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