This is an original US Navy Seal Riverine Assault Boat, or simply a “RAB” for short. It’s powered by twin diesel engines with Hamilton H292 Waterjets giving it a top speed of 40+ knots with only a 2″ draft, and amongst other things the eBay seller is suggesting that it might make a good fishing or duck hunting boat.
When new, the US Navy Special Warfare (SWCC) Riverine Assault Boat (RAB) cost the US government $1.4 million apiece. For that money they received an armored high-speed vessel bristling with machine guns, state-of-the-art navigation equipment, and surveillance gear for use by the Navy Seals.
Fast Facts – The Navy Seal Riverine Assault Boat
- Special forces soliders have many methods of getting inserted deep behind enemy lines to carry out their missions, and the RAB “Riverine Assault Boat,” is one way they can move far up or down river quickly and quietly.
- The vessel you see here is fully armored and in military trim it was fitted with multiple belt-fed machine guns down either side for quickly dealing with threats on the river bank.
- An assortment of modern technology is onboard, including CRT NAVNET Radar, a chart plotter, a Furuno Integrated Heading Sensor, a Furuno BBFF1 Network Sounder, a Furuno Transducer 520-PLD, and hookups for GFE IFF, IR, PLGR, a smoke launcher, and comms.
- This Navy Seal RAB is now for sale at over $1 million dollars less than it’s original price, and it comes with the BoatMaster RTT triple-axle rough terrain trailer shown in some of the images – the OshKosh MTVR 7 Ton 6X6 truck is available to purchase separately.
The RAB or “Riverine Assault Boat”
Officially known as the United States Navy Sea, Air, and Land (SEAL) Teams, the Navy SEALs were founded in 1962, however modern SEALs can trace their heritage all the way back to WWII – much like their British contemporaries, the SAS and SBS.
Above Video: This short film shows the RAB in action, at the beginning you get a good idea of just how quiet the engines are (before the music starts).
Although they’re perhaps best known for their aquatic abilities, the Navy SEALs are trained to operate in maritime, jungle, urban, arctic, mountainous, and desert environments with equal ability. The SEALs have had a few mottos over the years, the best known of which is “The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday.”
The Riverine Assault Boat or RAB was developed specifically for use by US Special Forces, no expense was spared in its construction and the resulting vessel features a fully armored hull, a quiet Hamilton jet propulsion system, belt-fed machine guns all round, a sophisticated electronic navigation system, and a total range of 250 miles.
Power is provided by twin Yanmar diesel engines powering Hamilton H292 Waterjets, this results in surprisingly quiet operation and amazingly the vessel can stop within a single boat length if required – just make sure everyone is holding on tight so they don’t end up embedded in a river bank like Wile E. Coyote.
The company selling this RAB are offering it on its trailer, a BoatMaster RTT triple-axle rough terrain trailer, and the OshKosh MTVR 7 Ton 6X6 truck is available to buy separately if you need something to haul it with.
The RAB is 33 feet long and it was built in 2008, the eBay seller helpfully notes that it would make a good duck hunting or fishing boat, this may be overkill depending on how well armed the ducks are in your local area.
It’s also noted that it might make a good tourism or party boat, this may be a better use for it as it’s not hard to imagine people lining up for an afternoon on an armored Navy SEAL jet boat with pinacoladas.
The original $1.4 million dollar price tag puts the RAB well out of the reach of all but the most well-heeled of boating enthusiasts, however this refurbished example is being sold for $395,000 USD – $1 million less than it cost Uncle Sam originally.
If you’d like to read more about it or make an offer, you can click here to visit the listing on eBay.
Images courtesy of Police and Tactical Supply.
Special thanks to John M. for sending this one in.
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