New 45-foot response boat doubles rescue capability of Coast Guard Station Marblehead

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

The response boat will increase the ability of Station Marblehead’s crew to respond to search-and-rescue cases by augmenting its current complement of one 45-foot response boat, two 25-foot response boats, one 20-foot airboat and one inflatable rescue craft.

A new 45-foot response boat (right) sits moored at Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, after the station's crew took acceptance of it May 1, 2014.  The new boat will help increase the crew's ability to respond to search and rescue cases and will complement the station's three other response boats.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Phillip Null

A new 45-foot response boat (right) sits moored at Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, after the station’s crew took acceptance of it May 1, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Phillip Null

The response boat can respond faster than previous vessels of similar size with a top speed in excess of 40 knots and has advanced search capabilities with installed forward-looking infrared search technology.

Additionally, with twin jet propulsion, the vessel is able to respond in shallower water than previous similarly-sized boats. 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 response boat was built by Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wis.

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