8m Commando Operational Watercraft

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.

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Specifications

Vessel Length 8.0 Meters
Launch Date Jul 2005
Vessel Type Landing Craft
Survey Class USL 2C
Builder Western Boat Builders
Construction Marine Grade Alumnium
LOA 8.7 m
Beam 2.7 m
Main Engines 2 x Yamaha 115hp
Propulsion Outboard Motors
Speed Max 32.0 kts
Speed Cruise 20.0 kts
Fuel Capacity 250 L
Crew 2
Passengers 4

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