Originally Posted by jetskidia
This has got to be the Rib "must have"!!!
Interesting. That's a 33' SAFE boat; most of the Defenders in use on the left coast of the US are the 25's.
The two 25's in use in Monterey have pintle mounts fore and aft for the M-249's (though I believe they usually run without the really long guns; one of the crew told me they *always* have at least one long gun, usually an M-16/M-4 type.)
One night a group of us were heading out for night dive when the other boat ran out of gas. I towed him back in towards the harbor, and we decided to do a dive anyways, since we ran over the site on the way back in. So, we dropped the hooks, started gearing up, and all of a sudden we get lit up. Look over to see nothing but a searchlight. As it moves around us, I see the vague outline of the CG 25 boat, and the much more distinct (at the time) outline of a guy on teh M-249 at the bow (and heard, quite clearly, everyone in the other boat saying "Jeff; Shut Up.") The boat circled us a few times, then headed around the jetty back to their slip. They never said a word to us.