The basic dock check having been completed and stabilizers initialized,its time to see what she’ll do. The series of photos which follow have Iron Lady at about 34 metric tons / 75,000 pounds. She is doing approximately nine knots (instruments are yet to be zeroed in).
The first thing to note are the bow and stern waves, or lack thereof.
That is a svelte, or one could say sexy, bow wave.
The stern release is clean.
And the quarter wave at this speed and displacement almost non-existent.
The FPB 64 was an efficient, sea kindly vessel before. She will be even better now.
We have preliminary data indicating speed/RPM/fuel burn are in the targeted range even though initial runs are in shallow, brackish water which is hard on performance.