After 54 years of building only commercial vessels, Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, has delivered its first high-speed patrol boat for the federal government. The 64-foot screening escort vessel, with the mission of securing high-value Naval assets, will be operated by the U.S. Coast Guard.
The all-aluminum boat features a C. Raymond-Hunt-designed deep-V hull, with a CPI Marine fender system, and is powered by twin MTU diesel engines and connected to Hamilton water-jets. Top speed is over 30 knots.
The pilothouse on a flush deck, with forward-leaning front windows, leads to the forecastle, equipped with a head, galley, berths, and lockers. Recessed rescue platforms are located port and starboard at the vessel’s mid-ship. On the foredeck is a gun mount.
The interior is outfitted with Shockwave heavy-duty suspension seats, shock-absorbing floor matting, and a heating and air-conditioning system. Equipment includes integrated navigation systems and crew communications radio and imaging systems.
Although the 64-foot monohull carries the U.S. Coast Guard markings and flies the Coast Guard ensign, they are actually owned by the U.S. Navy. As a domestic law-enforcement agency the Coast Guard has the duty to accompany military vessels in and out of harbors, enforcing a 100-yard security zone –recreational boaters, stay back!