TASMANIA Police still needs another ocean-going boat to do the job the disastrous PV Fortescue was built for, an internal report says.
The report into the review of police maritime resources was completed two months ago and is before the Department of Treasury.
Police Association president Pat Allen said the report shows police still need another boat of the same class as the PV Van Diemen, and would have to replace the Van Diemen in five years.
Tasmania has two large vessels - the PV Van Diemen and PV Vigilant, capable of going a very long way off shore - as well as a number of other smaller boats.
But the PV Van Diemen is old and slower.
Police Minister David O'Byrne said yesterday that he was still waiting on legal advice before the PV Fortescue could be removed from dry dock.
"I'm not going to say what we're going to do with the PV Fortescue when we get that advice from the Solicitor- General," Mr O'Byrne said.
"The one thing I can guarantee is it won't be a police boat."
Mr O'Byrne said the boat was not fit for purpose and would probably be sold.
The PV Fortescue originally cost $600,000 when commissioned in 2007, but reviews and failed attempts to fix it have brought the total cost up to $1.8million.
Sergeant Allen said the "PV Sinkalot" should have been ditched and the funds redirected to buying an appropriate boat five years ago.
"Hopefully the people who actually know how to drive the boats will look at it this time," he said.
Opposition police spokeswoman Elise Archer said the costly, unseaworthy boat was former police minister David Llewellyn's legacy.
"The Fortescue is the perfect metaphor for this Labor- Green experiment: it's blown the budget, it makes a lot of noise without actually doing anything and it's not fit for purpose," Ms Archer said.