GARC Rescue Boats

It’s a boat! It’s a plane! It’s a boat falling from a plane! Nearly 60 years after Uffa Fox designed the first lifeboat to be airdropped from a plane, Hodgdon Defense Composites, an affiliate of Maine-based Hodgdon Yachts, and Rapid Response Technology have perfected the task. Web Extra from our September 2012 issue.

August 21, 2012


The high-end yacht manufacturer has received two contracts to build 21 boats that can be airdropped from C-130s and used by Special Forces to conduct rescue operations anywhere in the world. Courtesy of Hodgdon Defense Composites


Hodgdon met this challenge with the Greenough Advanced Rescue Craft (GARC), which resembles the design of a personal watercraft. At 12 feet long with room for four, this military-grade vessel is powered by a -143-horsepower water-jet engine capable of speeds in excess of 40 knots. A composite hull was designed to cushion the ride for missions conducted in rough seas. Courtesy of Hodgdon Defense Composites


“This company proves that, even in tough times, there is always a market for superior craftsmanship,” says U.S. Sen. Susan Collins. “Whenever I advocate for federal funding for Maine, I do so fully confident that Maine (and Hodgdon) will deliver.” Courtesy of Hodgdon Defense Composites
For photos from Coast Guard rescue swimmer Mario Vittone, click here. Courtesy of Hodgdon Defense Composites

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