8m Commando Operational Watercraft: Patrol Vessel
The Commando Operational Watercraft vessels were designed by Southerly Designs to an extraorindarily demanding specification. Part of this specification involved being air-portable by helicopter and fixed wing aircraft, as well as being able to be deployed by parachute. They also required a very high standard of seakeeping and the ability to operate onto, and off, surf beaches. The final tri-hull design incorporates a large waterplane area for carrying capacity, whilst also providing excellent static and dynamic stability and handling characteristics.
A central console has seating for two crew, and a further 4 removable seats for four combat-equipped troops can be arranged throughout the vessel. Two Yamaha 115hp outboards provide the propulsion and produce a top speed in excess of 30 knots. Operational speed, in sea state 3 – 4, is 20 knots and with 500 litres of fuel on board the range at operational speed is greater than 200 nautical miles.
|Vessel Length||8.0 Meters|
|Launch Date||Jul 2005|
|Vessel Type||Landing Craft|
|Number of Vessel||18|
|Builder||Western Boat Builders|
|Construction||Marine Grade Alumnium|
|Main Engines||2 x Yamaha 115hp|
|Speed Max||32.0 kts|
|Speed Cruise||20.0 kts|
|Fuel Capacity||250 L|
Design Types: Patrol & Military Craft