Rigid Raider 22

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Willie B
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Rigid Raider 22

Postby Willie B » Sat Feb 09, 2019 11:44 am

Hi there. Has anyone refitted a Raider 22?

I have been offered a RAIDER 22.

Is there is any different to a normal Outrage 22 in terms of weight, construction, and freeboard height?

Any photos would be welcome. Many thanks.

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Re: Rigid Raider 22

Postby Phil T » Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:18 am

The Raider 22 model is based on a modified Outrage 22 hull and was built by CPD.

Review this reference article for details and photos: http://continuouswave.com/whaler/cetacea/cetaceaPage35.html

The general specs for the Outrage 22 would apply with small changes in hull weight and swamped capacity due to the extra thick fiberglass in the hull.
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Re: Rigid Raider 22

Postby jimh » Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:12 am

The GUARDIAN 22 model, another commercial or government version of the OUTRAGE 22, can be seen in two CETACEA articles:

http://continuouswave.com/whaler/cetacea/cetaceaPage10.html

http://continuouswave.com/whaler/cetacea/cetaceaPage12.html

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Re: Rigid Raider 22

Postby jimh » Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:16 am

Re the construction, weight, and freeboard of a RIGID RADER 22:

Boats made by the commercial and government products division of Boston Whaler would typically be constructed with a heavier laminate schedule and would thus have a greater hull weight. Since the hull form would be the same, the greater weight would increase the draft. Since the draft would be increased, the freeboard would be reduced. I don't think these changes are extremely large.

At one time it was possible to order a recreational model with the heavier hull laminate layup, and this was called the "work boat" option. Some recreational customers ordered their boats with that option.

Hulls built specifically for the military would typically have special reinforcement for mounting non-recreational gear like weapons (and often machine gun mounts), and the mounting points would employ embedded aluminum reinforcements.

The military hulls would often have lifting points so they could be moved by cranes or helicopters.

If intended for carrying military personnel and deploying them into the water and recovering them from the water, the hull may have metal railings on the hull sides for handholds for the swimmers. There might also be a dive door cut into the hull sides, and if so equipped there would be extra strength and reinforcement material added to the hull to compensate for the door cutout.

The gel coat color might be dark gray instead of Desert Tan.

Boats used by the military might have a varied history, and could have seen rather strenuous use; or the hull could have sat unused for two decades and then declared surplus.

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Re: Rigid Raider 22

Postby jimh » Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:28 am

As the boat seen in the CETACEA page 35 demonstrates, refitting a RIGID RAIDER 22 can be a very serious, expensive, and labor intensive task. I would not undertake such a project without careful consideration of the time, effort, and expense involved. If you have 7,000-hours of volunteer labor available, you might be able to produce an outcome similar to the Lakeside, Ohio, Fire Department's boat, depending, of course, on the condition of the hull you are getting to start the work on.