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Saturday, March 28, 2009

USCG 47 Motor Life Boat

USCG 47 Motor Life Boat
The Coast Guard commissioned the 47 foot MLB to replace the venerable 44 foot MLB which had been in service since the 60's.  The last 44 is scheduled to be decommissioned in May of this year.  The 47 footer is made of aluminum rather than steel, and is capable of around 30mph.  Like the 44 it is self righting, self bailing and the engines will remain running during a rollover.  What must be a welcome improvement, the vessel incorporates both and enclosed helm and an exposed bridge for better visibility.  Check out the video on the right to see what the boat and crew are capable of.


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