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Kvichak boosts NYPD’s maritime patrol capabilities with Coast Guard-style boat

Kvichak, a Vigor company, delivered a fourth, 45’ Response Boat - Medium C (RB-M C) to its long-time customer, the New York Police Department Harbor Unit.

The Kvichak RB-M C is the commercial variant of the Response Boat - Medium (RB-M), purpose built for the U.S. Coast Guard. To date, 174 RB-Ms have been delivered to the Coast Guard. The vessel was designed by Kvichak in partnership with Camarc Design for high speed and high performance, including tactical handling and specialized mission capabilities.

The commercial variant offers more crew comfort and amenities than the RB-M but features the same exacting capabilities needed for maritime security. “It has proven itself to be ideal for patrol, law enforcement and search and rescue operations,” said Art Parker, Vigor Business Development Manager. “Kvichak has built six RB-M Cs for three different police departments to date and is in active negotiations for more at home and abroad.”

Following its merger with Vigor last year, Kvichak has steadily expanded both its production capabilities and its international footprint in high performance vessels. “One of the most exciting aspects of our merger with Vigor, has been joining forces with Oregon Iron Works, now Vigor Works. Their Combatant Craft Medium (CCM) and Sealion I and II for the U.S. Navy have earned great respect around the world,” explains Keith Whittemore, Kvichak co-founder and now Vigor EVP of Business Development. “Bringing our two highly specialized teams of designers, engineers and builders together has opened up a world of possibility, particularly in foreign military sales.”

RB-M C Key Characteristics

  • Overall length: 44’11”

  • Beam, overall: 14’7”

  • Draft (RFS): 3.0’

  • (2) Detroit Diesel 60 series engines

  • Twin Disc MG5114SC marine gears

  • Rolls Royce Kamewa FF375S waterjets

  • Fuel capacity: 495 gallons

  • Top speed: >40 knots

  • (2) Rescue zones

  • Vector-Stick integrated control system

  • SeaFLIR Voyager III system

  • Kohler 9kW genset for AC power

  • Deck Heat

  • Furuno Navnet system

  • Redundant GPS & sounders

  • Climate controlled pilot house and cabin

  • Heated windows


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