Coast Guard Station Charlevoix accepts new, more capable response boat

9th Coast Guard District News
CHARLEVOIX, Mich. — The crew of Coast Guard Station Charlevoix, accepted delivery Thursday of the station’s new 45-foot Response Boat-Medium, built by Marinette Marine, of Manitowoc, Wis.

The RB-M can respond faster than previous boats of similar size with a top speed in excess of 40 knots and has advanced search capability with an installed forward-looking infrared search technology. Additionally, with twin jet propulsion, the vessel is able to respond in shallower water.

The boat has a deep-V, double-chine hull, which provides a balance of performance and stability. The vessel is also self-righting. If it capsizes in rough seas, the boat is designed to right itself.

It can handle heavy seas and waves up to 12 feet and carry up to 24 people.

The RB-M augments Station Charlevoix’s current craft complement of one 41-foot Utility Boat and one 25-foot Response Boat Small. It is slated to take the place of the UTB, which was built in 1976 at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, MD, and was used at several Coast Guard units before arriving at Station Charlevoix in 2001.

Crew members from Coast Guard Station Charlevoix, Mich., prepare to get underway from the station's pier in the new 45-foot Response Boat-Medium delivered April 18, 2013. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Charles S. Burleigh.

Crew members from Coast Guard Station Charlevoix, Mich., prepare to get underway from the station’s pier in the new 45-foot Response Boat-Medium delivered April 18, 2013. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Charles S. Burleigh.

Station Charlevoix gets the new 45-foot RB-M

Crew members from Coast Guard Station Charlevoix, Mich., underway in Round Lake, in the new 45-foot Response Boat-Medium delivered April 18, 2013. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Charles S. Burleigh.

Crew members from Coast Guard Station Charlevoix, Mich., underway in Round Lake, in the new 45-foot Response Boat-Medium delivered April 18, 2013. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Charles S. Burleigh.

Crew members from Coast Guard Station Charlevoix, Mich., underway in Round Lake, in the new 45-foot Response Boat-Medium delivered April 18, 2013. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Charles S. Burleigh.

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