A Bigger Motor Lifeboat

gCaptain is reporting Dutch Naval Architects (including some from Damen), “have teamed up to design and build the next-generation of all-weather fast rescue lifeboats for the Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution (KNRM).” It features an “Axe-bow” which is claimed to reduce pitching and allow higher speeds in a seaway. They also expect the boat to be much quieter. If you look at the stern, there is what appears to be, an innovative scoop for picking up people in the water.
The full post, includes lots of pictures and data. At 19.3 meters (63 feet), the boat is a lot bigger than either the 47 foot MLB or the 45 foot RB-M. It is also considerably larger in displacement. It is a bit faster than the MLB, but slower than the RB-M.

3 thoughts on “A Bigger Motor Lifeboat

  1. I think the key result could be better ride in higher sea states then now achieved by the RB-M. Not that the USCG could stop production of the latter. Maybe a next-gen MLB especially where water depth is a problem?

  2. Pingback: Time to replace the 52 footers? New Larger MLBs for D13, Maybe the Arctic? | Chuck Hill's CG Blog

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