View Full Version : Why I should have joined the Coast Guard

06-09-2008, 06:21 AM
They get all the cool boats. :cool:



A few years ago when we shipped our big guns to Fort Chaffe via barge they were escorted downriver by one of these type boats. I didn't get a photo of them then and didn't know much about them other than they look cool.

One the way to work this morning I saw these two at the hotel parking lot just outside the office (what you can't see is the one just like it in the background) so I went over and took a couple of photos for you.

This is made by SafeBoats (http://www.safeboats.com/default/home.html) and this one is the RB-S (Defender Class.

I bet those duel Honda 225's drive this thing at a pretty good clip and did you noticte the mounts both fore and aft? Those are for 7.62 mm.

Now I just need to find me one.


06-09-2008, 06:30 AM
last month when the Blue Angels did their air show over Annapolis there was a Navy patrol boat that didn't look much bigger than 30',,50cal on the front, two 7.62 on the aft deck and a 40mm grenade launcher on the stern. Inboard with jet drive I think,,talk about loaded.

Paul Pless
06-09-2008, 06:35 AM
Very cool boats!

http://onkayaks.squarespace.com/storage/US%20Coast%20Guard%20motor%20life%20boat%20at%20Mo rro%20Bay%20by%20Gary%20Robertshaw.jpg

Yes, there is a 44' boat in the above picture.


06-09-2008, 06:44 AM
The web site I link above has some pretty cool videos of their boats including swamped and capized boats.


06-09-2008, 07:33 AM
Naah, you don't want one of those Zodiac clones ("boats with training wheels"), Chad. You need a high-tech ceramic/kevlar/carbon composite stealth camo go-faster boat like this:


Check out the video titled, "Mongoose FPB - Accelerating" here: http://www.aftheriault.com/en/videos.htm

06-09-2008, 10:40 AM
Our Alaska State Troopers run a Safboat a bit longer than that, with triple 225s. Kind of excessive.

06-09-2008, 12:33 PM
Something about these kinda boats that I just love.


Cuyahoga Chuck
06-09-2008, 04:09 PM
They get all the cool boats. :cool:

You must have missed the downside.
Spending for the Iraq War has impacted the CG budget severely. And shifting the CG into Dept. of Homeland Security didn't help either. The CG regularly got cast off boats from the Navy. In recent decades they got an appropriation to build some cutters of a size suitable for the CG's purposes. Unfortunately (there is always one of these in DOD contracts) the design or construction of these cutters was found to be so sub par there was a call to junk some of them before deployment. Don't know if that occured.
What did occur was the continued use of old used up hulls for things like drug interdiction where the bad guys got home free cause the CG's boat had a coronary during the chase.
The commendant of the CG reported that in larger craft R+R downtime was roughly equal to sea time and crews were being worked to death because heroic efforts had to be made just to get boats back into port.

Tanbark Spanker
06-12-2008, 02:51 PM
The food is better.