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American Coastal Rescue Craft: A Design History of Coastal Rescue Craft Used by the USLSS and Uscg$
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William D. Wilkinson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813033341

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813033341.001.0001

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The Coast Guard Today

The Coast Guard Today

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American Coastal Rescue Craft: A Design History of Coastal Rescue Craft Used by the USLSS and Uscg

William D. Wilkinson

University Press of Florida

After the 44-foot motor lifeboat had been two decades in use in adverse sea and weather conditions, the Coast Guard recognized by the early 1980s that this boat was nearing the end of its service. Since the 44-footer was designed, non-rescue and law enforcement missions have seen a significant increase. The Coast Guard thus acknowledged the need for a boat of higher speed, one that was capable of addressing several missions other than search and rescue or one that would be able to adapt to the role of a utility boat. While the Coast Guard's Boat Construction and Maintenance Branch sent a concept design proposal for evaluation, it also looked into modern lifeboat designs from foreign lifeboat services. After evaluation, it was found that the concept design called for a boat larger than the 44-footer, and one with several other fundamental characteristics. As such, a design for a 47-foot lifeboat was completed in 2003. This chapter looks at other aspects of today's Coast Guard such as the maturation of the RHIB, the 32-foot nearshore lifeboat prototype, and various trends.

Keywords:   44-foot motor lifeboat, Coast Guard, 47-foot lifeboat, RHIB, 32-foot lifeboat prototype, Boat Construction and Maintenance Branch

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