Coast Guard Station Marblehead accepts new, more capable response boat

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CLEVELAND — The crew of Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, officially accepted delivery Friday of the station’s new 45-foot Response Boat-Medium.

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 Marblehead’s current craft complement of one 47-foot Motor Life Boat, two 33-foot Law Enforcement Special Purpose Craft, one 25-foot Response Boat-Small, one 20-foot Special Purpose Craft-Airboat and one Skiff-Ice.

Crew members from Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, get underway in Lake Erie, in the station's new 45-foot Response Boat-Medium on Sept. 12, 2013.  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.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Phillip Null  - See more at: http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/1904593/PHOTOs-Coast-Guard-Station-Marblehead-accepts-new-more-capable-response-boat#sthash.VS8Gwp0R.dpuf

Crew members from Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, get underway in Lake Erie, in the station’s new 45-foot Response Boat-Medium on Sept. 12, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Phillip Null

Coast Guard Boat underway near Put-In-Bay

Crew members from Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, test out the station’s new 45-foot Response Boat-Medium on Lake Erie near Put-In-Bay, Ohio, on Sept. 12, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Phillip Null

The RB-M was built by Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wis., and will replace the MLB at a later date.

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