Gear: SAFE Boats International 25' Defender Class

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SAFE Boats International 25' Defender Class

SAFE Boats International
Category: Patrol Vehicles & Equipment
Subcategory: Boats
Price: $200,000
Average Rating:
(7 Votes)

The USCG Defender class boat, also called response boat-small (RB-S), is a standard boat introduced by the United States Coast Guard in July 2003. The Coast Guard plans to replace a mixture of older boats with up to 700 Defender class vessels. The boats serves a variety of missions, including search and rescue, port security and constabulary duties. The boats are 25 feet (7.6 meters) in length and have a draft of less than 1 meter (3 ft). Powered by twin 225 hp (168 kW) Honda outboard motors, they are capable of speeds well in excess of 40 knots (74 km/h) and have a range of 105 or 125 nautical miles (232 km), depending on the type of fuel tanks used. The boat can launch with a two-person crew, but has a carrying capacity for 10 persons. The boat can be transported by a C-130 Hercules aircraft or a boat trailer. It can mount M60 or M240 machine guns in the bow and stern. Although superficially similar to a rigid-hulled inflatable boat, the Defender is actually an aluminum hulled vessel, equipped with a hard foam-filled floatation collar. The boats are built by SAFE Boats International (Secure Around Flotation Equipped) of Port Orchard, Washington, a vendor of government and law enforcement boats.

Member Reviews

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    JKC96, Sun, 16 Nov 2008 03:31:52 UTC.
    1st review

    Never a hull failure yet!

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    dsummers83, Sat, 22 Nov 2008 22:39:15 UTC.

    A little bit of a bumpy ride, but the Honda outboards can take a beating... It has everything you need and nothing you dont!

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    Anonymous, Mon, 01 Dec 2008 05:37:28 UTC.

    a great little boat

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    thommatt, Sat, 20 Jun 2009 01:24:44 UTC.

    This is a tough little ship that gets the job done well.

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    MotoMatt, Wed, 16 Sep 2009 16:21:16 UTC.

    Ahhh, I know this boat! Great platform, strong Honda's, looks great. Makes vessel boardings a breeze!

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    Mattyj308, Wed, 16 Sep 2009 16:44:17 UTC.

    It is a good all around boat, but if your in seas over one foot make sure you don't have boxers on!

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    TommyP82, Fri, 18 Sep 2009 11:03:35 UTC.

    This Boat is Quick and can turn on a dime. Love riding on just not allot of room to fit a boarding team.

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