A boat crew from Station Valdez, Alaska, conducts underway training near the station Aug. 18, 2018, in a new 29-foot response boat-small II (RB-S II). The Coast Guard placed a delivery order for 20 additional RB-S IIs Feb. 4, 2019. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
If we want good quality boats built in the US, delivered on time and on budget, our partners in the boat building industry need to be successful.
MarineLink brings us an industry report of the experience of Metal Shark, builder of the Coast Guard’s 29 foot second generation Response Boat, Small (RB-S II).
In addition to the Coast Guard boats mentioned, Metal Shark is also building the Navy’s “Defiant” 40 foot force protection patrol boat.
Metal Shark’s winning PB(X) design, dubbed 40 PBX, is a 40 ft, welded-aluminum pilothouse patrol boat that can achieve sprint speeds in excess of 35 kt. Source: Metal Shark