SAFE Boats pulls in another order

Port Orchard-based SAFE Boats International announced last week that it will build two fast-response lifeboats for the U.S. Coast Guard.

Sales and marketing manager Bryan Wood said that the USCG Office of Boat Forces has ordered two, self-righting Archangel Class vessels.

Designated by the USCG and the Department of Homeland Security as the Special Purpose Craft — Near Shore Lifeboat (SPC-NLB), the vessel is derived from a line of 42-feet vessels delivered to agencies and militaries around the world.

Once built, Wood said the boats will be operated by the USCG in varying sea and weather conditions along the entire coast of the United States as a “fast response and utility boat.”

Due to its hull design, the boat can be operated in both shallow waters and in surf zones that have breaking waves of up to 15-feet. Wood also described it as having “self-righting characteristics” that allow it to keep operating after a “knock down or roll over,” which he said is unlikely.

The boats can be used for many different operations, such as escorting ferry boats — which the USCG currently does in Puget Sound — and other security and law enforcement activities, search and rescue operations or to ensure recreational boating safety.

The boats are also outfitted weapon stations, and are designed with a stout keel and reinforced beaching plate which allows them to be beached on harsh landings while allowing for full control and operation of the propulsion system.

The first vessel is scheduled to be delivered to the USCG National Motor Lifeboat School in Ilwaco, Wash., next February. The second will be delivered to the USCG Station in Chatham, Mass., the following month.

This order follows a $9-million order from the U.S. Navy for three high-tech command boats for its newly formed Riverine Force.

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