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Metal Shark’s versatile 29 Defiant combines groundbreaking, crew-friendly features with a nimble and robust hull. Hundreds of 29 Defiant patrol boats are currently in service with the US Coast Guard, with new boats delivering weekly to USCG stations across the US. In addition, the 29 Defiant continues to gain popularity among state, local, and municipal law enforcement agencies due to it’s highly versatile and practical layout, its handling and ride, and its durability. A truly global platform, 29 Defiant patrol boats are also in service with over a dozen foreign militaries across Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
The 29 Defiant shown here, built for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, is a short-cabin version powered by twin Volvo D4-225 diesels and stern drives with duo-props. This package provides outstanding low-end torque and slow-speed stability, yet still provides nimble handling at speed. This setup also costs less than the water jet package, while still offering diesel reliability and operating economy. Additional features shown on this vessel include full-height aft cockpit safety rail, aft davit, and oversized pusher knee.
In 2012, Metal Shark won the contract to replace the USCG’s aging fleet of 470 response boats with its new design, based on the Metal Shark 29’ Defiant-class monohull pilothouse platform. Powered by twin Honda 225 HP outboards, the trailerable, C-130 transportable RB-S II reaches speeds of 50 knots. The RBS-II features Metal Shark’s signature “pillarless glass” pilothouse, which rewards crews with significantly enhanced visibility and safety compared to conventional pilothouse designs using smaller, framed windows. For the Coast Guard, Metal Shark designed the RBS with quickly-lowering side and aft windows, which convert the enclosed pilothouse to an open cockpit for maximum operational versatility.
The $192 million contract for the RBS-II was one of the largest boat buys of its kind for the U.S. Coast Guard. Metal Shark was selected as one of two finalists for the contract and won out after an exhaustive series of head to head tests proved the merits of the company’s innovation and substantial investment in new technology. Serialized production of the RBS is ongoing at Metal Shark’s Jeanerette, Louisiana production facility, with new vessels completing weekly. RBS production reached a milestone in July, 2016, with the delivery of the 200th RBS-II to the USCG.
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