New USCG Response Boat Delivered in Ohio
- A new 45-foot response boat (right) is moored at Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, after the station's crew accepted it May 1, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Phillip Null)
- A new 45-foot response boat (far left) is moored at Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Phillip Null)
The crew of U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Station Marblehead, Ohio, officially accepted delivery Thursday of the station’s second 45-foot response boat, doubling the rescue capability of Ohio-based Coast Guard station, the USCG said.
The response boat, uilt by Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wis., will increase the ability of Station Marblehead’s crew to respond to search-and-rescue cases by augmenting its current complement of one 45-foot response boat, two 25-foot response boats, one 20-foot airboat and one inflatable rescue craft.
The response boat can respond faster than previous vessels of similar size with a top speed in excess of 40 knots and has advanced search capabilities with installed forward-looking infrared search technology.
Additionally, with twin jet propulsion, the vessel is able to respond in shallower water than previous similarly-sized boats. The boat has a deep-V, double-chine hull, which provides a balance of performance and stability. The vessel is also self-righting. If it capsizes in rough seas, the boat is designed to right itself.
It can handle heavy seas and waves up to 12 feet and carry up to 24 people.