Metal Shark Boats has completed delivery of a CBRN-ready 35 Defiant to the Tampa Police Department. A proven law enforcement platform with several sister vessels in service across the U.S., the 35-foot craft will serve as the department’s primary patrol and rescue vessel.
“Metal Sharks’ reputation for rugged durability and exceptional performance make the Defiant an obvious choice for patrol and rescue operations,” said Dean Jones, National Sales Manager at Metal Shark. “Knowing our boat is CBRN-ready ensures the Tampa PD crew is mission-ready under any circumstances.”
LOA: 36′ 2″
Beam: 11′ 5″
Draft: 2′ 6″
Fuel Capacity: 300 gallons
Dry Weight: 12,000 pounds
Max HP: 900
Powered by twin 350-horsepower (HP) Yamaha outboards, Defiant intercepts would-be threats at a top speed of 46 knots. Extensive electronics and Diamond SeaGlaze windows and doors provide unparalleled visibility, while sliding windows and fore/aft hatches provide for rapid crew deployment throughout the vessel. With an eye toward crew comfort, 35 Defiant’s full pilothouse cabin dual pilot seats, two overhead circulating fans, and a private head.
A New Breed of Durability
Consistent quality is the hallmark of Metal Shark’s manufacturing process. The company designs all of its hulls and components utilizing advanced 3-D rendering software which, when combined with computer-guided routers, ensures that every Metal Shark meets the rigorous standards of even the most demanding operators.
The 35 Defiant’s structural integrity begins with the internal structure of the hull itself. Welded from high-grade 5086 aluminum alloy, the deck-height longitudinal and transverse structures interlock with one another to form the boat’s incredibly rigid “skeleton.” Additionally, the incorporation of bends in place of welds in key locations affords reduced weight and increased efficiency while maintaining the boat’s incredible toughness and durability.
Further contributing to the 35 Defiant’s strength is the boat’s rugged, non-skid deck, which is fully welded to the hull, transverse bulkheads, and longitudinal girders. The innovative deck design provides unmatched strength while minimizing waste. Prior to final assembly, the hull is filled with expandable foam, allowing for level floatation when the boat is fully swamped.
Metal Shark sells directly to qualified government and commercial organizations, and custom-builds all boats to mission specifications. Metal Shark products are also available for purchase using General Service Administration (GSA) Supply Schedule 084. GSA pricing is also available to State, County, and Municipal agencies qualifying under the 1122 Counterdrug Program.
A subsidiary of Gravois Aluminum Boats, LLC, Metal Shark specializes in meeting the rigorous needs of its clients, including the United States Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, and various law enforcement and fire/rescue organizations. Metal Shark’s all-aluminum construction provides a solid, durable, and low-maintenance platform built to withstand extreme conditions, harsh environments, and years of abuse.