ONR To Evaluate SeaCoaster

American Marine Holdings, builders of Donzi and Pro-Line Boats, signed an agreement with the U.S. Office of Naval Research to build and test a 103 ft., hi-speed, air-inducted vessel under their government sales division's new aluminum catamaran line, SeaCoaster.

The construction of this vessel will take place at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala.

The agreement for Hull #1 is valued at just under $4.5 million dollars and calls for the design, construction and demonstration of SeaCoaster's advanced hull form technology. Upon it's successful evaluation, this technology will be offered to various departments of the U.S. Military for potential applications requiring a high speed, shallow draft, and highly efficient hull form.

American Marine Holdings President, Mike Collins, said, "While we have sold Donzi's and Pro- Line's for military and government applications in the past, this new boat takes us to another level in terms of what we can offer to government customers.

We have high expectations for our SeaCoaster boats and this contract is just the tip of the iceberg." SeaCoaster's Surface Effect Catamarans range in size from 50 to 230 ft. and are designed for use as patrol and fire-rescue boats, as well as a wide variety of commercial uses. The vessel characteristics are hi-speed (50+ knots), low wake, shallow draft, stable platform, handles heavy loads at hi-speeds, reduced underwater magnetic signature and are less susceptible to damage from underwater explosions.

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