Coast Guard gets two new motorized lifeboats for use in Southeast

Posted: Monday, June 12, 2000

JUNEAU (AP) -- Two new 47-foot motorized lifeboats arrived over the weekend for service at Coast Guard stations Ketchikan and Juneau.

The new vessels will replace three old 41-foot boats built in the 1970s that couldn't operate in seas running higher than eight feet or in winds gusting to more than 30 knots.

The old boats were not self-righting and could not tow vessels larger than 75 tons.

The new 47-footers can operate in seas to 30 feet and in winds gusting to 50 knots, the Coast Guard said.

The new lifeboats also will right themselves in eight seconds or less if they overturn and are capable of towing vessels weighing as much as 150 tons.

The 47-foot boats cost $835,000 apiece and were built by Textron Marine in New Orleans.

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