47- Foot Motor Lifeboat
Number: Approx. 100
Displacement (lbs): 40,000
Length: 47’ (oa)
Beam: 14’ max
Draft: 4’ max
Main Engines: N/A
Max Sustained: 23 knots (1989)
Fuel Oil (95%): N/A
Complement: 4 plus 5 survivors
The 47-foot MLB was designed to replace the aging 44-foot MLB as the primary inshore and surf and bar rescue craft under the worst environmental conditions. The craft is self-righting, designed to be operated in 20-foot seas and 20-foot surf.
The hull and the superstructure of the craft are made of aluminum. The hull form is a single chine, deep-V planning hull. The size was determined by existing station moorings, haulout facilities, and manning levels. The primary improvements over the 44-footer are increased speed, greater crew protection, and improved sea-keeping.
The production process called for the construction of a proto-type, five pre-production boats, and approximately 100 production models.
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