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Old 10 June 2014, 07:45   #21
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There's no deck space for the bikini clad crew to lay on either....
A friend climbed around on one he was thinking of buying - on the 25' the deck space is way too small.
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Old 10 June 2014, 17:37   #22
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I seem to recall that the 25' USCG Safeboats run them near a quarter million bucks a pop. May or may not be accurate, though.



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The guy at safe boats told me at the time the cheapest boat they made was 250k
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The biggest problem with those boats is no room.
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Old 03 December 2014, 20:55   #24
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I have just commissioned an ex USCG Safeboat. I will start a new thread soon to share experiences during the fitting.

The boat and trailer are heavy at over 6000 pounds, no problem with a toyota Hilux or Prado though. Not a very safe recreational boat as those on aft deck are prone to ejection. Better stick to the 4 seated positions and maybe 2 more standing up, inside, while under way. I made a custom bracket to install 25" outboards as the transom will only work with 30" expensive and thirsty outboards. Plus, who wants to go 50 knots everytime, right? I installed 2 115 four strokes and the boat gives 30 knots, and cruises at 22.

Visibility sucks, and demands a prudent operator. Even more, this is a 2 person crew boat.

Being in the tropics, it has a carpet lined interior and two fans so it stays cool on the hottest day. It is a pleasure to work in.

Prices are a bit steep, now ranging between 28K usd and 38K.

For a survey launch or workboat they are unreal. Depending on your interest I will develop the thread.Click image for larger version

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Old 04 December 2014, 01:22   #25
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Of course we need more pictures and a build thread!

Did you get the foam in blue or did you go get them Rhino Lined after you got it?
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Nope, it was ugly orange but in very good shape. We used a special polyurethane paint not unlike the used to paint PVC ribs. Painting took 24 working hours to complete .

So far, It had withstood some contact at docks and salt water spray. Details on the product later
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Not that I could afford one, but would it be possible to remove the cabin (or at least the rear part of it) to open the rear deck up a bit?

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Yes please give us some more pictures and details! There has been a steady supply coming on the gov auctions lately and I have been tempted.
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Not that I could afford one, but would it be possible to remove the cabin (or at least the rear part of it) to open the rear deck up a bit?

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Not likely on the 25 as the cabin deck level is lower than the aft deck. It would be a major modification on an already expensive boat. The walk around models have a single level deck as well as the center console models.

When I bought mine I thought I would use it for r&r and cruising. Turns out it is only going to be a good workboat.
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Yes please give us some more pictures and details! There has been a steady supply coming on the gov auctions lately and I have been tempted.
Look forward to new thread SAFEBOAT DEFENDER 25 next week.
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