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The venerable Metal Shark 27 Defiant, choice of the US Navy as well as law enforcement and port security forces from coast to coast, has been redesigned to offer the same industry-leading features as its larger Defiant-class siblings. Thanks to its 8′ 6″ beam the 27 Defiant is easily trailerable. It is an extremely durable and highly versatile craft that, like all Metal Sharks, may be configured and customized to suit a wide range of mission profiles. Featuring a deep vee hull and power options up to 500 HP, the 27 Defiant will slice through the waves, and its wide reverse chines provide stability while at rest.
Images of 27 Defiant patrol vessel courtesy of Metal Shark customer Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Department.
The 27 Defiant features all-aluminum construction, with its precision-welded hull, deck, and pilothouse composed entirely of premium-grade 5086 aluminum alloy. Twin outboards (up to 500 HP total) require minimum maintenance while economically and reliably propelling the vessel to speeds of 45+ knots. The 27 Defiant’s proven hull delivers quick acceleration, nimble handling, and a soft smooth ride. With its 8′ 6″ beam the vessel is stable yet highly maneuverable and also easily trailerable for over-the-road transport.
The 27 Defiant features a roomy pilothouse with available HVAC. Best-in-class visibility is provided thanks to Metal Shark’s signature “Pillarless Glass,” which drastically improves safety by reducing the dangerous blind spots that are an unfortunate drawback of conventional pilothouse vessels. Quickly opening side and aft pilothouse doors offer added flexibility and facilitate communication when docking or maneuvering alongside another vessel. Multiple seat options and seating arrangements are available, including shock-mitigating military seats, to meet the needs and requirements of specific customers.
The 27 Defiant is available in two configurations. In the Bow Cockpit model, (shown) a forward door provides through-cabin access to the open foredeck, while the Cuddy Cabin model features a roomy forward cabin that also serves as a large dry storage compartment. Both configurations come standard with a full-width main pilothouse cabin that may be fitted with optional climate control and shock mitigating seating for true, all-weather comfort. The vessel shown here has been configured for port security and law enforcement patrol, and has been equipped with forward pusher knees and a 500 lb. capacity davit in the aft cockpit. Low-level cockpit LED lighting and available thermal-imaging (FLIR) system provide safety during night missions, while the removable engine protection bar keeps the 27 Defiant’s twin outboards safe and secure while operating in close quarters.
The Metal Shark 27 Defiant currently serves as the US Navy Force Protection Boat – Small. In FPB-S configuration, the 27 Defiant features a more conventional windshield arrangement, but offers the advantage of a convertible pilothouse that folds down and stows away for transport.
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