MAKO Patrol Boat

mark_v.jpgIn partnership with Hodgdon Yachts and Maine Marine Manufacturing, the Advanced Structures and Composites Center has designed a prototype composites special operations boat to replace the current aluminum hull craft used by the Navy Seals.

The current high-speed 82 ft aluminum hull Mark V causes repeated impact strain and injuries as it skips across the water. These injuries range from bumps and bruises to chronic back and neck problems. The composite redesign provides a shock-absorbing, improved ride with greater fuel efficiency and lower maintenance costs.

Photo courtesy of Robert Mitchell Photography, Southport, ME.

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