MetalCraft delivers pair of patrol boats to Mississippi agency
The 34-foot RIBs can reach 64 mph for the state's Department of Natural Resources
(KINGSTON, Ontario) — MetalCraft Marine U.S. has just delivered two of its 34-foot high performance patrol RIBs to the Mississippi Department of Natural Resources Police. The two boats will be used in the coastal bay areas and offshore checking on commercial and sportfishing compliance.
The boats are real sportsters reaching 64 mph with their triple Suzuki 300-hp outboards. The Interceptor hulls are noted for their “soft dry ride” and fine entry.
The boat has a robust T-top and supporting structure, which is designed to ISO 12215 Category B (12- to 17-foot waves). It can support the weight of a crewman. The T-top is specifically designed to deflect radar, and that along with the low hull profile will provide a low radar signature.
Below the T-top is an oversize gun locker which can hold rifles and sidearms. There are four suspension seats for crew and the entire crew area can be enclosed with a Strata glass enclosure. The electronics suite by Simrad has an open array high definition radar antenna, twin 12-inch displays, GPS and depth sounder. Radios are by Icom. Ahead of the console is a large walk-in head with space for tool kits and easy access to the dash and electrical panels meeting ABYC standards.
The boat has wide side decks and is very stable for boarding; there is recessed lighting under the gunwale side decks. Wing Inflatables provided a heavy duty welded polyurethane foam collar with rip-stop fabric. The bow is covered by a push knee box with integral boarding step and portable safety railing. The push knees have twin 4.5-inch D-rubber fenders. The Wing collar also has a removable dive door built into the starboard side. The boat’s stability is calculated to ISO 12217 Category B.
– MetalCraft Marine