Metal Shark is a leading shipbuilder specializing in the design and production of boats and ships for military, law enforcement, fire rescue, and a wide spectrum of commercial applications. At its facilities in Franklin and Jeanerette, Louisiana, Metal Shark manufactures vessels in aluminum, steel, and fiberglass, with current capabilities supporting production for vessels up to 250’ in length.
Best-known for the vessel fleets it produces for the U.S. Armed Forces and allies around the globe, Metal Shark has expanded its focus to include state, local, and commercial operators across a wide range of markets. Today, the Louisiana-based company produces a wider range of specialty vessels than perhaps any comparable yard. Key markets served include fire rescue, law enforcement, military, passenger vessels, pilot boats, various workboat operators, recreational, and other specialty operators.
The 35 Defiant may be equipped with an open bow or forward cuddy cabin. In either configuration, the vessel features a wide-open cockpit workspace with non-skid floors and ideally placed handrails. Wide gunnels provide sure footing, and the foredeck is easily accessed. A full-height transom provides security, and oversized scuppers assure a fully self-bailing cockpit. A rugged, urethane-sheathed, closed-cell foam collar provides ample impact protection, while port and starboard dive recesses facilitate access to and from the water.
In foul weather and heavy seas, the entire crew remains comfortable and secure within the 35 Defiant’s roomy pilothouse with available climate control. Self-parking windshield wipers and window defrosters maintain visibility during inclement weather. All controls are placed within easy reach of the operator, and spacious port and starboard helm areas easily accommodate a wide array of custom-installed electronics.
The 35 Defiant has been proven in service with multiple law enforcement and military operators in the US and abroad, over years of abuse and countless hours of operation. With its versatile layout, outstanding performance, and rugged reliability, the Metal Shark 35 Defiant continues to enjoy a hard-earned reputation as a go-to platform for military and LE patrol. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE