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Coast Guard Station adds rescue boat

Adam Mohr, a machinery technician at Coast Guard Station Brunswick, rattled off a list of technological highlights aboard the unit's new 45-foot rescue boat Tuesday, like a proud father talking about a child's achievements.

During a tour of the craft after its dedication, Mohr pointed out several features that make it a more reliable boat for responding to maritime emergencies and saving lives.

"It is definitely a big jump from what we had," Mohr said.

Senior Chief William Bennett said one of the most intriguing improvements over the more-than-30-year-old utility boat it replaces is a feature he hopes a crew never has to use: "If this boat flips, it is supposed to right itself," Bennett said.

But easily the most important aspect of the new boat is its ability to respond more quickly to trouble. With 825 horsepower, a cruising speed of about 35 mph (30 knots), a top speed of about 50 mph (43 knots) and a hull able to withstand 12-foot seas, Bennett said the Coast Guard will be able to get to calls faster and more safely than before.

The boat is one of about 170, costing $2.5 million each, the Coast Guard eventually will have in service throughout the nation.

Brunswick Mayor Cornell Harvey was on hand at the dedication at the Coast Guard station at the Brunswick River, and described the new boat as a luxury car upgrade from an economy car. "This is a Cadillac here," Harvey said.

He applauded the Coast Guard's efforts to enhance its life-saving abilities. "We are very fortunate to have you," Harvey said. "You go into harm's way, and it takes a dedicated person to do that."

With the new boat, Bennett said his crew's dedication will remain as strong as ever, and will be on more visible display when warm weather returns and more pleasure boaters are on the water.

* Reporter Michael Hall writes about public safety, environment and other local topics. Contact him at mhall@thebrunswicknews.com, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 320.

About the boat

The Coast Guard's new 45-foot rescue boat:

* Can carry 510 gallons of fuel.

* Has ice breaking capabilities at idle speeds.

* Has two diesel engines that produces 825 horsepower, powering Rolls Royce water jets.

* Can carry 20 people, in addition to the crew.

* Has a top speed of about 50 mph (43 knots).

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