Coast Guard stations get new lifeboats

Posted: Sunday, June 11, 2000

JUNEAU (AP) -- Coast Guard stations in Ketchikan and Juneau have received two, new 47-foot motor lifeboats to replace two outmoded boats.

The boats arrived in Ketchikan on Friday. They were built at Textron Marine in New Orleans at a cost of $835,000 each.

The boats are replacing ones built in the early 1970s that were not equipped to operate in seas larger than eight feet or winds over 30 knots. The old boats, which are 41-feet long, were not self-righting and could not tow a vessel over 75 tons.

The new lifeboats can operate in seas up to 30 feet and winds up to 50 knots. If the new boats overturn, they will right themselves within eight seconds or less.

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