Yesterday, the crew of Coast Guard Station Port Huron, Mich., began training on Medium, the station’s new 45′ response boat.
Medium, which was built by Marinette, Wisc.-based Marinette Marine, has a deep-V double-chine hull and a top speed of more than 40 knots. The vessel is self-righting and can handle waves up to 12′. With room for 24 people, Medium is equipped with twin jet propulsion and forward-looking infrared search technology.
Medium is being added to Station Port Huron’s current craft complement, consisting of one 41′ utility boat and one 25′ response boat.
Station Port Huron’s crew will continue to use the utility boat as Medium becomes fully operational and all crewmembers are qualified. Right now, plans are to continue using the utility boat until it is removed from the water for the Great Lakes ice season, at which point the aging vessel will be divested.