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Old 18 May 2009, 11:53   #11
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Old 18 May 2009, 12:25   #12
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Could always meet on six fathom shoal in the middle of lake huron. Lake bottom goes from 100ft to 400ft in three feet!!

I would love to look over that ledge. At that depth clarity should be nearly unlimited!! Just got to find a light strong enough to be able to look over the edge and see the bottom!
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Old 19 May 2009, 13:04   #13
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Could always meet on six fathom shoal in the middle of lake huron. Lake bottom goes from 100ft to 400ft in three feet!!
That sounds a bit like Bad Neighbor Rock near me. It clears the water now (with the low water levels) and then drops to 200+ in a shear drop-off. There's some old structure at the bottom... probably an old crib for a light or something. None of the old timers around here have any recollection of such a thing, but it might be older than that...

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Old 19 May 2009, 14:44   #14
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The boats were at the harbor on lunch.

Spoke with one of the guys. He said they are 11meter US Marine Inc.!?!?!

He told me to get on Youtube and there is video he posted of the boats in action.

He couldn't allow me to take pics.

They are out of Little River, VA.
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Old 19 May 2009, 14:57   #15
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Here are a couple more.
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NSW RHIB Roles
The primary role of the NSW RHIB is insertion and extraction of Special Operations Forces (SOF), typically Navy SEALs. Other roles include general patrol duties, coastal surveillance and resupply of SOF. A squad of 8 fully-equipped SEALs + SWCC crew can fit into a single NSW RHIB.

NSW RHIB Features:
Like many other RHIBs, the NSW RHIB features a hull made of Fibre Reinforced Plastic (FRP) which is given buoyancy by air-filled gunwales made from reinforced fabric.. This design makes the RHIB tough but fast. NSW RHIBs can operate in heavy seas with winds up to 45 knots.

The RHIBs feature 2 470 HP turbo charged caterpillar in line 6 cylinder diesels with jet pump drives that propel the NSW RHIB to speeds exceeding 45 knots. Max range is 190 nautical miles.

The vessel features saddle-seats for the SWCC crew and up to 8 passengers.

NSW RHIBs are air transportable. They can be parachuted onto water from C-130 cargo planes or slug under heavy lift helicopters.

NSW RHIB Equipment
radar
GPS navigation
IFF (identification Friend or Foe) transponder
VHF/HF/UHF & SATCOMM
NSW RHIB Weapons
The craft has provisions (2 mounts - 1 forward, 1 aft) for the mounting of the following weapons systems:

M2HB .50 machine gun
M240 7.62mm belt-fed machine guns
MK19 40mm grenade launchers
NSW RHIB - Specifications
Crew 3 Crew
Capacity Crew + 8 SEALs or 3,200 lbs payload
Engines 2 x 470 HP turbo charged caterpillar in line 6 cylinder diesels
Waterjets KaMeWa FF280 Mix
Dimensions Length - 36 ft
Height - 17.5 ft
Draft - 2.9 ft
Weight 17,400 lbs
Max Speed 45 knots
Range 190+ nautical miles
Armament m2 .50 machine guns
m240 machine guns
Mk19 40 40mm grenade launchers
Avionics Radar
GPS navigation
Secure radio communications (UHF/VHF/HF/SATCOMMs)
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940 hp. That's what I need on my RIB. Oh, and the M2.

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Old 19 May 2009, 21:39   #18
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Oh, and the M2.
It would certainly get the backlog moving at the ramp on Saturday morning wouldn't it?

As for the 940 HP, best get the gov't issue gas card to go with that!
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Old 20 May 2009, 12:00   #19
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No kidding.

My dive buddies drool over the NOAA catamaran that sits in the Monterey Harbor.

"Gee, I wish I had that boat..."

"Yeah, up until you need fuel..."

Sorry about the small pics; all I could find.
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Old 23 May 2009, 00:57   #20
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"Gee, I wish I had that boat..."
I say that about all kinds of boats I see, but here's the cool thing: That's what most people, especially divers, say about OUR boats!
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