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Metal Shark’s 29 Defiant combines crew-friendly features with a nimble, robust, globally proven hull design. Hundreds of 29 Defiants are in service worldwide with a continually growing list of operators, including US and foreign militaries, state and local law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and commercial entities. The vessel is available in multiple configurations and propulsion types including open and closed bow, standard cabin and short cabin, twin outboard, twin stern drive, and twin inboard diesel water jet. Like all Metal Sharks, each 29 Defiant is fully customized to meet the specific requirements of the operator. This popular and proven global platform continues to gain popularity thanks to its highly versatile and practical layout, ride and handling, and proven durability. 29 Defiant patrol boats are in service with over a dozen militaries across the Americas, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, and the Middle East.
The 29 Defiant Short Cabin version shown here was built for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. 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 delivers 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.
The 29 Defiant platform is popular among firefighters for its size, performance, and versatility. Easy to trailer and easy to handle, the 29 Defiant fireboat is available with open or closed bow, standard cabin or short cabin, and the full range of propulsion systems including twin outboards, diesel stern drives, or diesel water jets. To learn more about the 29 Defiant fireboat click here.
In addition to its prominent role among state and local law enforcement agencies, fire departments and foreign militaries, the 29 Defiant is the platform for the US Coast Guard’s Response Boat – Small (RBS-II).
In the interest of improving safety and versatility for its next-generation response boat, the Coast Guard presented Industry with a challenging set of criteria. In addition to typical requirements such as speed, range, capacity, sea state operation, etc., the Coast Guard placed heavy emphasis on the following:
Metal Shark’s engineering team met this challenge head-on. In 2011, Metal Shark’s design was chosen by the USCG as one of two finalists from a field of seven competing builders. These two vessels were built and sent to Charleston, SC for head-to-head testing by 20+ USCG members from around the country. Metal Shark’s design was selected, and from 2012 through 2019, Metal Shark worked hand in hand with the USCG, building, testing, and delivering 370 RBS-II vessels.
29 Defiant features unique to the USCG variant include a custom window system allowing the side and aft windows to quickly drop into the hull, converting the vessel from a full cabin to an open boat and enabling all-weather operation from Alaska to Key West and beyond. Other USCG-specified features include economical 225-HP Honda outboards, a custom cabin arrangement with special shock-mitigating seats, port steering, lightweight quick-access interior panels, elimination of foam-filled hull, and more.
USCG decision makers have consistently praised Metal Shark for its quality, flexibility, and ability to maintain schedule, recommending Metal Shark for similar requirements in the future. Metal Shark is proud of its ability to consistently meet incredibly complex requirements. We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with the United States Coast Guard in the years ahead.
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