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Technical Characteristics Verification of the Prototype 47 FT MLB
COAST GUARD RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER GROTON CT
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The results of Design Technical Characteristics Verification Testing of the prototype USCG 47 FT MLB are reported. This boat is planned as the replacement for the Coast Guards aging fleet of 44 FT MLB heavy weather rescue boats. The testing was conducted in September 1991 by the U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center to provide technical data required by the Motor Lifeboat Replacement Acquisition Project Manager. The report compares the performance of the prototype 47 FT MLB with two proven Coast Guard rescue boats, the 44 FT MLB and the 41 FT UTB. Included is an assessment of the boats strengths and weaknesses relative to its required technical characteristics.
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