Tacoma, Wash., aluminum boat builder Silverback Marine has released details of its latest brainchild for the small commercial workboat market: a high-door, full-collar landing craft.
Collared RHIB-type boats are widely used, especially in law enforcement, and landing craft-type vessels have a wide range of applications. Silverback’s innovation combines both vessel styles into one.
“We’ve always dreamed of developing a product for the Coast Guard or Navy that’s unique from anything they’ve used before – and that’s the inspiration behind this innovative design,” said Ian Gracey, CEO .
Available in 27ft and 34ft versions, the vessel will be powered by OXE diesel outboard engines, promising 40% fuel savings compared to conventional petrol outboards.
The vessel is also available in a 100% electric version using a 300 hp twin cylinder Photon Marine electric outboards.
Vessel features include a head aboard, walk-through cabin with impact-attenuating seating for six crew, and a 64-inch-wide forward door with generous payload capacity.
Landing craft style vessels allow transport of small vehicles, equipment and gear with easy access to most beaches, eliminating the need for dock space in ship-to-shore operations, and meeting increasing maintenance needs AUV, ASV and USV equipment.
“We are not currently building collars, and have no plans to, so the current stage of the project is partnering with another builder to handle the collars,” Gracey explains. “Rather than reinventing the wheel and working against other RHIB and neck boat builders, a collaborative approach will be much more beneficial not only to the industry, but also to customers.”
Silverback Marine has a team approach to ship delivery, and many of its designs are professionally crafted by naval architecture firm Elliot Bay Design Group, which is also developing this hull.
Another of Silverback’s offerings is the ability for its ships to be built under license by other builders.
“Our aim is to bring new ideas and new mindsets to the industry – and with so many great builders already out there, a collaborative, rather than competitive, approach is the quickest way to deliver better boats with a excellent service to a deserving market.” said Gracey.
With a vision to “bring the big boat experience to the small works boat market”, other projects underway at Silverback include an M subchapter eschewing the truckable minitug that has the looks and lines of a larger conventional tug.
In the meantime, Silverback invites collar boat builders looking to collaborate on the landing craft project to address him directly.