The new 45-foot Response Boat-Medium (RB-M) boasts an improved design, new ergonomics, and enhanced safety features, making boat crews more effective in performing their multiple missions. The RB-M is part of the Coast Guard’s plan to standardize and revitalize its shore-based boat fleet.
The RB-M replaces the aging 41-foot and other non-standard utility boats (UTB). The 41-foot UTBs are at the end of their 25-year economic service life and are experiencing escalating maintenance costs and reduced operational availability. The new platforms bring improvements in performance, efficiency and reliability. Having worked closely with operational commanders to develop a more capable response boat, the RB-M project has delivered a new boat with significantly increased speed and performance, improving response time and agility for missions. The boats’ also are designed with human factors systems engineering concepts in mind, decreasing crew fatigue on extended patrols.
The RB-M has entered full-rate production, meaning that the service is delivering at least 30 boats per year, which is more than one boat every two weeks.