Polaris (Canada) manufactures the 5m Polaris Rescueboat which has the approved rated capacity for 9 persons. This allows for a greater margin of safety when compared to most other boats of the same size.
The Polaris Rescueboat features inboard/outboard sealed retainers. The collar is also sealed to both sides of the transom (this prevents debris to deposit between the inflatable collar and the fiberglass hull which can cause premature wear and puncture). The boat is fitted with a high density nylon keel shoe. The advantages to this system are that it is resilient on impact and therefor less likely to cause structural damage. This protective shoe is kinder to ships railings and decking. It is simple to replace and is cost effective. As launching, retrieving, debris or obstacles may sometimes cause the aft end of the boat to be the area of first contact, Polaris overlays the entire surface with an extra protective skin.
Tracking strip overlays provide substantially increased maneuvering capability at both low and high speeds. This allows for precise maneuvering in adverse conditions being an essential element to a rescue operation. Polaris produces a complete line of aluminum and fiberglass rigid hulls as well as fabric hull work and pleasure boats ranging from 7' to 40' in length. Polaris boats can today be found around the world in use by the U.S. Navy, Off-shore oil companies, Fisheries and Oceans, Coast Guard, Tour Operators, Search and Rescue Operations, National Defence and as Approved Emergency and Rescue boats for passenger carrying vessels.