Re: life cycle > Victory


The lifesaving part of the Coast Guard is what most of us think of when the service is mentioned, but they've been sucking the hind tit for a long time. The status, and chance for advancement, used to be in the big cutters, and maybe still is, but since 9/11, and being wrapped into the Dept. of Homeland Security, the gun-wielding parts of the CG have been getting more things to do, and more of the money -- and there's never enough money to do everything the CG is asked to do. <sigh>

If there aren't going to be replacements for the 52-footers anytime soon, it might make sense to take the four they've got out of service, one a time, for repowering and a major update of all the systems. But the hulls would still be 60+ years old. It'd probably be as expensive as building new boats, but there isn't a design for a replacement boat, and maybe money could be found from from a different pocket than the "new build" one. That's an old Navy trick, USN and RN, and why the 1850s sloop USS Constellation was thought for so long to be the frigate Constellation from the 1790s. The frigate was "rebuilt" in the '50s, but what really happened was a new sloop of war with the same name was built from scratch (sometimes some parts from the "rebuilt" ship were used in the new ship, but not always).

I toured a 47-footer at Depoe Bay a couple of times during the boat show, before 9/11. Both times they'd assigned the freshest caught, wettest behind the ears, young Coastie to guide the tours. Both times somebody asked the youngster if they were excited to be out saving lives and were they gonna go to the Coxswain School at Cape D. Both times the young Coastie (different one each time I did the tour) said they were just doing time at a lifeboat station until they could get into the law enforcement arm! <sigh>

On 2/4/2021 8:01 AM, Roger P wrote:

That's the whole point. The generator was past the end of its life cycle, it would be far easier and less expensive to replace a generator than an engine, and they still didn't replace it.
All equipment used, where there are life safety issues, has a defined life cycle, and defined ways of checking to see if the equipment is past the end of its life cycle. The whole goal of those federal standards is to help people make plans and then replace the equipment BEFORE it fails.
Everything I've heard about the coast guard indicates the crews would be right on top of this, if given half a chance.
That means some grand poobah made a policy decision to not do required maintenance on these boats, and not decommission them.
John <>
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