Motor Lifeboat (44ft.)
Self-righting and self-bailing; 44ft. 10.5in. overall length, 12ft. 8in. overall beam, 3ft. 2.5in. mean draft; 15.8tons original displacement; twin 185HP diesel engines with twin propellers and rudders; maximum speed 15.3kts.; range 200 nautical miles at 10kts.; self-rights in 5-6 seconds/self-bails in 50sec.; capacity for 3 crew plus 21 survivors; semi-displacement, rounded double-bottom planing hull of steel with aluminum alloy superstructure; total of nine watertight compartments with 21 watertight bulkheads; forward and aft survivor compartments; self-righting by means of watertight construction and weight distribution; self-bailing by means of two cockpit scuppers; ice-going design; official environmental operating limits were: 30ft. seas, 20ft. surf or breaking seas, 50kts. sustained winds, 50 nautical miles offshore, and 125 tons maximum tow, although boat was capable of surviving more severe conditions. A total of 110 lifeboats of this type were built by the Coast Guard’s Curtis Bay Yard over the years 1963 to about 1978.