The quick response rescue vessel, Safe/Sea Block Island
was launched and began providing quick response towing and salvage services
to Rhode Island area boaters on April 15. Built by Almar for Safe/Sea, a Rhode Island based
company, the Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) measures 33 by 12 ft. wide.
The Almar hull is welded marine aluminum of heavy duty construction. A 24-in. deadrise aft is designed to give a soft ride and excellent rough water performance. The 28-in. diameter Wing polyurethane tubes are designed for stability, buoyancy and fendering under extreme conditions.
With twin 315 hp Yanmar Diesel engines coupled through Borg Warner 1:1 gears to a pair of Hamilton 274 jet propulsion units, the Safe/Sea Block
Island is designed to perform well in the Atlantic Ocean while
based out of Safe/Sea's Block Island, RI salvage station.
Continuing a relationship that dates back to 1994, John Andrews
, the President of Safe/Sea in Wickford, RI and Mike Sandeman
, Vice President of Almar in Tacoma, Wash., put the new vessel through severe testing in Puget Sound
before it was shipped East to Rhode Island. The Safe/Sea Block Island is the sixth rescue vessel that Almar has built for Safe/Sea.
The vessel easily exceeded her top speed projection of f40orty knots. The Safe/Sea Block Island's electronics, which were provided by Pawtuxet Marine Electronics
of Cranston, RI, include a Furuno 1942 MK2 radar, two SEA 156 VHF Radios and a Northstar 957 DGPS receiver/plotter. Additional on board equipment was supplied by Marinetics, Algea-X, ACR, Seaward Products, E Paint and X-Change-R Products.