Video: This is the US Navy’s Tiniest Boat

US Navy smallest boat

At just 19 feet long, the “Boomin Beaver” also known as the “Beaver Boomer,” “Beaver Boat,” or “Barrier Boat” is a security tug built by Chuck’s Boat and Drive in Longview, Washington.

These tiny boats were originally built for loggers to use in pulling floating logs downstream. The US Navy recognized the potential of the petite ships and they are now a multi-purpose vessel used for towing small ships and deploying floating security fences, ensuring that larger submarines, destroyers, and aircraft carriers don’t meet the unwanted visitors.



Security fences are deployed in the water where naval vessels are anchored or docked in order to prevent private and commercial vessels from sailing up to the navy’s ships.

These boats are equipped with steel hulls and aluminium cabins. These tiny adorable boats might look like baby boats but they are equipped with Cummins QSM 11, a 10.7-liter turbocharged inline 6-cylinder diesel engine that can reach around 425 horsepower and 1,800 lb-ft of torque, enough to pull a submarine or a vessel that is hundreds of times of its own weight.



Boomin Beavers can also be seen in Google Maps at the USS Constitution Museum in Boston.

us navy boomin beaver
Image Credits: Google Maps

Interestingly, one of these boats was put up for a government auction, and it fetched a whooping $100,000. The listing described the boat as 19 feet long and 10 feet wide, with a draft of 5 feet and was fitted with heater, ac, fans, windshield wipers, sound insulation, magnetic compass, Raytheon rl70c radar, Raytheon loud hailer, Garmin 168 GPS with depth sounder, vhf radio, an upgraded military 24 vdc electrical system with shore power, dual battery banks and a battery charger, and a 110 amp alternator.

Here is a video showing how quick, maneuverable and stable these boats are:

 

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