Gjoa Haven is a long way from Parry Sound, Ontario – home of Stanley Aluminum Boats, but that’s where Stanley’s latest Rescue vessel has gone into service.

Gjoa Haven is a hamlet in Nunavut, above the Arctic Circle.  It is the only settlement on King William Island, very far north of Hudson Bay.

The new launch is a 26’ Search and Rescue vessel operated by the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary as SAR #538, a primary response unit.   Stanleys are all-weather multi-mission boats designed for safe handling and low maintenance, and this one will be put to the test where average temperatures only go above freezing four months in a year.  However, Gjoa Haven enjoys constant 24-hour sunshine from May 22 to July 21, which is when the local waters can be very active.

SAR #538 is powered by twin YAMAHA 150 hp outboards, delivering speeds in the 45 mph range.  It handles and rides well, even in cold chop with typical wind gusts and rain.

Converging marine technologies are being incorporated into exciting new boats by Stanley designers and engineers who are offering practical solutions in the Caribbean and beyond.

According to company president, Bill Connor, “The region’s challenges are increasing, but they can be met by all-weather multi-purpose vessels.”


The Troy (NY) Fire Department is responding to incidents on and along the upper Hudson River with its new Stanley 32-foot high-speed fire-rescue boat.

Stanley Boats, a division of Connor Industries, in Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada, is a builder of aluminum fire and rescue boats. Doug Coupar is the company representative for the United States and the Caribbean.

“The market in North America consists of three broad categories,” Coupar said. “We have boats that are dedicated firefighting vessels. Then we have combination fire and rescue boats. And there’s a strong emerging market for rescue boats, pure and simple.”

Coupar said boats come in a variety of lengths and sizes with a variety of missions, including specialty boats used by search and rescue teams as well as police responders.


Charleston, SC & Parry Sound, ON – An all-new multi-mission boat has been put into service to meet the increasing challenges faced by Charleston County Rescue, South Carolina, which responds to a wide range of emergencies that include hurricane outcomes and flooding.

Heavy weather and flood rescue challenges met in Charleston, SC


CMP wanted to find a solution for oil spill response that would be quick and easy to deploy in an emergency. It was also important to the customer that oil spill response equipment would be able to deal with heavy and light oils, even diesel.