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Textron Motor Life Boat


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Affiniti Yacht Brokerage 1 Lighthouse Point Office

Lighthouse Point Marina
Lighthouse Point, Florida, 33064
United States

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Make Textron
Model Motor Life Boat
Year 1992
Condition Used
Price US$499,900
Type Power
Class Commercial Boat (Power)
Length 47 ft
Fuel Type Diesel
Hull Material Aluminum
Location In Route to South Florida, Florida
LOA 47 ft
Beam 13 ft 12 in
Dry Weight 40000 lb
Engine Type Inboard
Engine Make Detoit Diesel
Engine Model 6V92 DDEC
Fuel Type Diesel
Engine Year 1992
Power 217.5 hp
Propeller Type 3 Blade
Engine Type Inboard
Engine Make Detoit Diesel
Engine Model 6V92 DDEC
Fuel Type Diesel
Engine Year 1992
Power 217.5 hp
Propeller Type 3 Blade
Fuel Tanks 2 x 400 gal



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Completely refurnished and fitted with the latest technologies to continue her functions as a high sea rescue platform. Photos and Videos are available upon request to serious buyers. These up to date photos and video were taken during a visit in August 2015.

The 47-foot Motor Life Boat is impressive and bears the Classification of 1A1 HSLC R3 (MLT) Patrol. It is designed as a first response rescue resource in high seas, surf and heavy weather environments. It is built to withstand the most severe conditions at sea and is capable of completing a rescue even under the most difficult circumstances. It is self-bailing, self-righting, almost unsinkable, and has a long cruising radius for its size.

* This 47' former Coast Guard Motor Life Boat vessel has only 1400 engine hours on its twin Detroit Diesels.

* Challenging a current active duty US Coast Guard 47' Motor Life Boat this vessel was slightly faster at top speed.

* This vessel was a prototype model that came up the east coast from Virginia to New York. One of three R&D vessels her two sister ships are actively working as a rescue boat and as an offshore rig tender.* It is also includes a fully loaded navigation and electronics package. Her seller possesses a vast working knowledge of this vessel specific refit and is available on a consultancy basis.  

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The USCG has designed and built new aluminum 47 foot lifeboats, with Textron Marine and Land Systems awarded the contract to design and build the US model, which was delivered in 1990. After 2 years of testing and evaluation, 5 more were built between 1992 and 1994 incorporating improvements from the prototype model for further testing and evaluation around the country. The first production boat was delivered to the USCG in 1997.

The 47 MLB is the most sophisticated MLB ever built, able to withstand impacts of three times the acceleration of gravity, she can survive a complete roll-over, self-righting in less than 10 seconds with all machinery remaining fully operational. Powered by twin Detroit Diesels producing 435 hp (324 kW) each, the 47 MLB can travel at 25 knots (46 km/h) to reach her destination.

There are currently 117 operational with a total of 200 scheduled to be delivered to the USCG. A further 27 models are being built by MetalCraft Marine under license to the Canadian Coast Guard.

In Britain, the RNLI design and build several types of all-weather motor lifeboats, the Arun class kept permanently afloat, the Tyne class slipway-launched boat and the Mersey class carriage-launched boat. More recently the Arun replacement Trent and Severn class prototype models were delivered in 1992 with the first production Trent arriving in 1994 and the Severn in 1996. The first production Tamar class, replacement for the Tyne went into service in December 2005 and the FCB2 class replacement for the Mersey is being developed for deployment in 2007.

In Germany, the DGzRS (Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Rettung Schiffbrüchiger) has provided naval rescue service since 1865. It is a civilian, non-profit organisation and has a wide variety of boats and ships, the biggest being the 46 meter (150 ft) SK Hermann Marwede. The DGzRS operates from 54 stations in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. It has 20 rescue cruisers (usually piggybaging a smaller rescue boat) and 41 rescue boats.



In 1988, Textron Marine was awarded the contract to develop a replacement for the 44' Motor Life Boat which had been in service with the Coast Guard since the early 70's. The first prototype was completed in 1990 and following two years of surf trials and evaluations, five additional, and improved prototypes were constructed and delivered to the Coast Guard for further evaluation. In 1997 the first production 47' MLB was accepted by the Coast Guard, and since then well over one hundred have been produced. The ultimate goal is to have approximately 200 in service.

General Description

The 47' motor lifeboats are 47 feet long, has a beam of 14 feet, and draw 4.5 feet of water. Their displacement is 20 tons at full load and they have a compliment of 4. The 47' MLB can accommodate up to 5 additional passengers/survivors. They have a top speed of 25 knots, and a cruising speed of 20 knots. Their maximum cruising range is 200 nautical miles. They have a 100-ton towing capacity. The vessel classification is 1A1 HSLC R3 (MLT) Patrol.

The 47' MLB is of an all-aluminum construction, is capable of operating in 20' breaking seas and winds of 60 knots, and can survive impacts at three times the force of gravity. The 47' MLB is self-righting, and can return to an upright, operational configuration within 10 seconds, whether "pitch-polled" (rolled fore and aft) or rolled into swells (rolled across the boat's beam.) In addition, the MLB is self-bailing and its machinery is not subject to operational interruption, even while inverted. The boat can be operated from both an exposed bridge (offering better visibility in rescue situations) or from the enclosed pilothouse (to limit crew fatigue during extended surf operations.) To mitigate the pounding effects associated with surf operations, the 47' MLB incorporates shock absorbing crew seats. The Crew/ Passengers compliment is a total of 9 with four(4) crew and five(5) passengers. These seats feature 360 degrees of rotation, lap belts, armrests, and lumbar supports. The survivor compartment is also watertight and climate-controlled, for survivor safety, comfort, and medical recovery.

Recent Updates

Along with the numerous items that have been gone through not withstanding engine fine tuning the seller has just doubled the fuel capacity with newly constructed aluminum tanks giving the vessel a much better range and the ability to remain on duty significantly longer. This amazingly versatile platform is in "Good to Go" condition and her seller is ready to talk.

August 2016:

Removal of shafts and propellers for NDT inspection

Renewal of waster shaft seals

Exterior decking has been bead blasted and non skid panels renewed

Boot top and bridge top paint renewed

Renewal of anodes and antifouling

Hull Polished

Routine annual engine maintenance

DNV Intermediate survey certification

Fuel tanks scrubbed

Tracking the Transport

If you wish to track the arrival of MLB 201 you can do so by utililizing this link:



The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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