Willard Marine unveils new RHIB at Australia expo

(ANAHEIM, Calif.) — Willard Marine Inc., a global leader in the manufacture of mission-proven boats, unveiled its new Sea Force 777 last week at the Pacific International Maritime Exposition in Sydney, Australia.

This military-grade, fiberglass rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB) is 7.77-meters long, 2.74-meters wide and designed with a deep-V hull for maximum stability in the roughest sea conditions. The Steyr SE306J38 diesel engine with ZF-63 marine gear powering a Hamilton Jet drive HJ-274 provides 300 horsepower for a nine-member crew and can achieve 32 knots. Nine Ullman Dynamics shock-mitigating seats are installed for crew comfort and safety.

The 40-ounce polyurethane WING inflatable collar is UV-coated and includes a seven-panel bow cover and rub-strakes to reduce risk of boat damage upon boarding and stability during weight shifts. 

International military representatives can now rely upon the new 777 the same way the U.S. Navy has relied upon similar shipboard RHIBs from Willard Marine over the last 25 years.

Vessels like the 777 are necessary abroad to support a variety of bluewater missions including rescue, patrol and visit, board, search and seizure. Built to ABYC standards, the new Sea Force 777 can also be made in aluminum and can accommodate various seating configurations, law enforcement equipment, electrical packages, weather protection and navigation devices.

By Professional Mariner Staff