Future Defense’s newest response boat undergoes sea trials

EMERGENCY SERVICES WEEK

Irish builder Safehaven Marine has begun conducting sea trials of a new response craft ordered by US-based Future Defense.

The 41-foot (12.5-metre) self-righting boat will be used primarily for search and rescue (SAR) as well as coastal patrol duties. Two Caterpillar C8.7 650hp (484kW) engines connected France Helices surface drive propulsion units via ZF gearboxes deliver a maximum speed of 43 knots and a range of over 500 nautical miles.

The cabin has shock-mitigation seating for up to four crewmembers and additional seating for two passengers. Accommodation spaces include two berths, a dinette, a full galley, and separate toilets.

A 6.7hp (5kW) generator will supply power for an 18,000btu air-conditioning unit and an array of Garmin navigation and communications equipment.

An integral transom platform will allow for dive operations from a spacious aft deck while wide side decks will help facilitate safe alongside ship boarding.

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