Designed exclusively for the United States Coast Guard by SAFE Boats International, the RB-S (Response Boat Small) "Defender" Class will combat terrorism and keep the country's borders secure.
The RB-S is
noteworthy for its speed and maneuverability. Time from zero to
plane is under 4 seconds and with a top speed over 40 knots, the RB-S
is the perfect fast response security, SAR or LE platform. The RB-S
has a 102-inch beam and low profile making it easy to trailer,
store, or load onto a C130 aircraft. The RB-S comes with a full
cabin to protect the crew from weather.
The RB-S has the
direct benefit of years of evolutionary USCG Non-Standard boat
history to maximize its operational availability. The USCG began
accepting delivery of boats in the summer of 2003 at the rate of 2
or 3 each week. The RB-S fleet is expected to consist of 350 boats,
though that number may grow to 700 depending on funding and the
growing Homeland Security missions. The RB-S will be the largest
boat fleet ever acquired by the Coast Guard and one of the largest
of its type in the world.
Length, molded: 25' 00"
Length Overall: (bow to taff rail) 27' 6"
Beam (amidships): 8' 6"
Freeboard, bow: 3' 5"
Freeboard, Amidships pilothouse door): 2' 00"
Freeboard, recovery well: 1' 0"
Draft (engines lowered): 3' 3"
Draft (engines raised): 2' 3"
Maximum Fixed height above water line: (top of spotlight): 6' 9"
Fixed Height above waterline: (top of mast light) 9' 2"
Unfixed height above water line: (top of VHF antenna): 11' 0"