New Carolina Skiff Added to Ocean Pines Search & Rescue

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Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department in Ocean Pines, Maryland announced it added a Carolina Skiff 20 JVX CC as the unit’s new search and rescue vessel.

Fire Chief Steven Grunewald interviewed with the Bayside Gazette, where he discussed the department’s plan for the new boat.

“The vessel is mainly going to be used for search and rescue, not really for fire-fighting purposes,” he said in the interview. “With the 12 miles of waterfront we cover, we need something that’s a little bit beefier than the little jon boat we had.”

The department’s new 20 JVX CC features a modified V-hull, which enables the team to carry more weight further and faster with less horsepower. The boat’s unique design also enables them to safely traverse both the shallow and deep waters off the coast of Ocean Pines.

Chief Grunewald said his team officially launched their new Carolina Skiff over the Independence Day weekend, where it was used to patrol the waters of Buck Island Pond, Haystack Pond and Isle of Wight Bay.

Read the full interview here.

At Carolina Skiff, we are proud to manufacture high-quality, durable boats that are not only used for family, fishing and fun, but by police, fire and search and rescue teams. From all of us at Carolina Skiff, LLC., welcome to the family Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department!

Read more about the new JLS Series here, which is the evolution of the JVX.