RNLB FCB2 Experimental Lifeboat
|Photographer:||Chris Hunsicker [View profile]||Title:||RNLB FCB2 Experimental Lifeboat||Added:||Sep 14, 2006|
|FCB2 in the Solent testing the AIS. 13/9/06
Introduced: approx 2011 Length: 13.6 m Beam: 4.54m Draft: 0.75m Displacement: 14.6 tons Construction: Fibre Reinforced Composite Engines: 2 x 510hp Caterpillar C9 Propulsion: 2 x Hamilton Waterjets Speed: 27 Knots Fuel Capacity: unknown Range: unknown Endurance: unknown Crew: 5 Capacity: Self-righting Non self-righting
The FCB2 (Fast Carriage-Launched Boat) will serve the shores of the UK as a part of the RNLI fleet. The FCB2 prototype class is intended to replace the Mersey class carriage-launched lifeboat.
It is currently undergoing trials.
It is based on a Camarc Pilot vessel hull design with twin water jets, it currently puts out a top speed of approximately 30knots but will be rated down to 25-27knots when the final design is put into production.
The FCB2 uses similar SIMS technology to that of the Tamar class lifeboat.
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