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Old 23 August 2015, 21:56   #11
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Yeah, i have decided that this is just to much work! If i hit a dry spell and cant find any other builds i might look at this again, but their are a lot of issues with the safeboat 25'.
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Old 23 August 2015, 23:58   #12
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You mean like the limited range due to small fuel tanks?
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Old 24 August 2015, 06:29   #13
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one of many reasons. the tank is welded in and only 100gl. and it is a huge job to increase as a new deck needs to be put in.
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So are you gonna make any mods to the SAFE? Or just get it refurbed and keep design the same?
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just refurb, not worth the effort and cost to do all the work.
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I was just in Newport, RI and noticed they had replaced their Safeboats with a fleet of new Metalsharks like this. That CG station is decked out.

29 DEFIANT ยป Metal Shark

Not really a rib anymore I would say, save the small bumper.
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I was just in Newport, RI and noticed they had replaced their Safeboats with a fleet of new Metalsharks.
Someone can probably find a citation for this info. I heard Safeboats are getting swapped out at 10 years since that's their useful life.
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Someone can probably find a citation for this info. I heard Safeboats are getting swapped out at 10 years since that's their useful life.
Yes I spoke to the CG guys at my fuel dock and they said exactly that... they are purchased with an intended 10yr service life and then they all get phased out. Metalshark won the new contract, and as they produce the boats, they get phased in.

Apparently though, most of the CG guys are not happy with the metalsharks. The 2 crews I spoke with out here told me they all are adjusting to limitations they are not happy with... biggest being the ride, second being the functionality of the setup... didn't get specifics on that, so I am not sure exactly what they were referring to.

They look sweet though! But I really like the SAFE boats, and I think Ryan's conceptual design looks to address many of the limitations of using it as a single handed boat.
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Apparently though, most of the CG guys are not happy with the metalsharks. The 2 crews I spoke with out here told me they all are adjusting to limitations they are not happy with... biggest being the ride, second being the functionality of the setup... didn't get specifics on that, so I am not sure exactly what they were referring to.
Funny that you should say that; I've spoken to several Guardsmen who are small boat coxswains and nobody had anything good to say about the MetalShark boats, a couple guys said they avoid using them when possible and prefer the SafeBoats hands down and were quite vocal on their dislike of them...

It looks like the higher-ups in the USCG had a good design with the SafeBoats but decided that they needed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory... :-(
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I have heard from many USCG that they dont like the Metalsharks. they loved the safe boats and wish they could keep the old safeboats!
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