NYPD takes delivery of another Response Boat – Medium

Written by Nick Blenkey
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NYPD Harbor Unit RB-M C

MAY 31, 2016 — Seattle, WA, based Kvichak Marine Industries, a Vigor Industrial company, has delivered a fourth, 45 ft Response Boat – Medium C (RB-M C) to its long-time customer, the New York Police Department Harbor Unit.

The Kvichak RB-M C is the commercial variant of the Response Boat – Medium (RB-M), purpose built for the U.S. Coast Guard.

To date, 174 RB-Ms have been delivered to the Coast Guard. The vessel was designed by Kvichak in partnership with Camarc Design for high speed and high performance, including tactical handling and specialized mission capabilities.

The commercial variant offers more crew comfort and amenities than the RB-M but features the same exacting capabilities needed for maritime security.

“It has proven itself to be ideal for patrol, law enforcement and search and rescue operations,” said Art Parker, Vigor Business Development Manager. “Kvichak has built six RB-M Cs for three different police departments to date and is in active negotiations for more, at home and abroad.”

Since its acquisition by Vigor last year, Kvichak has steadily expanded both its production capabilities and its international footprint in high performance vessels.

“One of the most exciting aspects of our merger with Vigor, has been joining forces with Oregon Iron Works, now Vigor Works,” says Kvichak co-founder Keith Whittemore, who is now Vigor EVP of Business Development.”Their Combatant Craft Medium (CCM) and Sealion I and II for the U.S. Navy have earned great respect around the world. Bringing our two highly specialized teams of designers, engineers and builders together has opened up a world of possibility, particularly in foreign military sales.”

RB-M C Key Characteristics

  • Overall length: 44’11”
  • Beam, overall: 14’7″
  • Draft (RFS): 3.0′
  • Two Detroit Diesel 60 series engines
  • Twin Disc MG5114SC marine gears
  • Rolls Royce Kamewa FF375S waterjets
  • Fuel capacity: 495 gallons
  • Top speed: >40 knots
  • Two rescue zones
  • Vector-Stick integrated control system
  • SeaFLIR Voyager III system
  • Kohler 9kW genset for AC power
  • Deck Heat
    Furuno Navnet system
    Redundant GPS & sounders
    Climate controlled pilot house and cabin
    Heated windows
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