CG-9 reports that a contract has been let for 20 more 29 foot Response Boat, Small II.
Coast Guard Orders 20 Response Boats
January 18, 2018
The Coast Guard placed a delivery order for 20 response boats-small II (RB-S IIs), worth approximately $8 million, with Metal Shark Aluminum Boats of Jeanerette, Louisiana, Jan. 12. The RB-S IIs will be delivered to Sector Buffalo, New York, this spring and summer.
The 29-foot RB-S IIs can reach a top speed of over 40 knots and are used for a range of missions, including search and rescue, vessel boarding team deployment and law enforcement missions, port security, drug and migrant interdiction, and environmental response operations.
This brings the total of RB-S IIs ordered to 322; 280 RB-S IIs have been delivered.
For more information: Response Boat-Small II program page
That equates to $400,000 per boat. The initial 2011 contract was for 38 boats at a cost of $13M or approximately $342,105 each. That is about a 17% increase over 9 years. That’s probably not out of line.