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Old 24 September 2012, 00:53   #1
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Safeboat versus H733

Saturday afternoon report: I witnessed a US Coast Guard Safeboat 330X Defender with triple Merc 300's (could have been 250's, but there were three of them) get dusted by a US Navy surplus Zodiac Hurricane 733 with twin 150's loaded with 8 people. The Coast Guard needs to get some better equipment if some people out for a cocktail cruise can outrun them (and out accelerate them from a dead stop)!
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They wont out run the helicopters though.
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Old 24 September 2012, 12:18   #4
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Saturday afternoon report: I witnessed a US Coast Guard Safeboat 330X Defender with triple Merc 300's (could have been 250's, but there were three of them) get dusted by a US Navy surplus Zodiac Hurricane 733 with twin 150's loaded with 8 people. The Coast Guard needs to get some better equipment if some people out for a cocktail cruise can outrun them (and out accelerate them from a dead stop)!
The safeboat is for sure not a lightweight. But it does have a cabin, heat so they can stay out far longer, and presumably survive a firefight alot better than hypalon.

How do you know they were even at full throttle?
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The SAFEBoat is designed as an all-weather, most-conditions, inshore quick response vessel. The larger boats have cabins, all the CG SAFEBoats (as far as I know) run outboards. If I was on a call where bouncing off rocks and such in breaking swell was a possibility (or probability), I think I'd rather have the aluminum hull and foam collar.

The 33 SAFE Boat (at least by the specs) is a cuddy boat; has a full size berth; doubt the 733 had that.

As an aside, the next generation of boats ordered went to someone other than SAFE.


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I don't think anyone is disputing that they even though they had 3x the horsepower, they had 2x the weight and an extra 9+ft in length. I just think that even they were a bit surprised.

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The larger boats have cabins, all the CG SAFEBoats (as far as I know) run outboards.
The Coast Guard also runs the 35ft Archangel which is inboards.

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As an aside, the next generation of boats ordered went to someone other than SAFE.
I don't know much about this class of boats (the Safeboats) but the Coast Guards "Over the Horizon Interceptor" which has historically been a Hurricane 733/Yanmar 315/Merc Bravo X will now be by Safeboat. They just awarded them the contract. 26ft now, 400+ hp diesel, and a jet drive. It will be interesting to see their performance (supposed to be better) compared to the Hurricanes (which was already great)

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How do you know they were even at full throttle?
It was discussed beforehand!
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safeboat vs hurricane

Having been in both the 25' safeboat and a hurricane 733, I would take the hurricane hands down over the safeboat any day of the week. In my opinion the ride is better and the hurricane performs infinitely better as well. Personally I don't see the value in a safeboat.
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I was intercepted by a 33 safeboat while crossing US waters between two Canadian ports in my 733.

Initially I didn't realize that the coast guard was chasing me, I thought it was just another boat playing around (the flashing blue lights on the front of the boat were obscured when it was on step and of course I couldn't hear the siren). After about 5-10 minutes I noticed the lights, I was about 2 miles from Canadian waters. Having seen youtube videos of them firing on Cigarette boats, I decided to stop. I sat dead in the water for close to a minute waiting for them to catch up.

When they arrived they asked their questions , boarded etc. I told them that I was surprised that they couldn't catch me with their triple 350 Verado's(yes, that's 1050hp!!). They said that they were "taking it easy on the motors". With the "bad guy" 2 miles from Canadian waters, I call BS.

It is a big boat, however. Crew of 4, lots of shelter etc.

I was doing 52mph.
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I was doing 52mph.
The safeboat max speed is not disclosed, I'm not sure if its classified or not. But they don't talk about it. Seems like its in the high 40 knot range though, which jives with your experience.

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Having been in both the 25' safeboat and a hurricane 733, I would take the hurricane hands down over the safeboat any day of the week. In my opinion the ride is better and the hurricane performs infinitely better as well. Personally I don't see the value in a safeboat.
I've seen them out all day in a snowstorm doing security duty for State ferries. Mental sharpness would definitely be an issue if they used an open boat for this. Speed isn't everything, there's always someone faster anyway - that's what they have helicopters for.
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Old 25 September 2012, 13:26   #10
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- that's what they have helicopters for.
Nor the the machine gun mounted up front. (at least we wouldn't have... We started so close)
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