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Dinimbue Class Express Boat

design by Unknown

The Dinimbue-class express boat, or "xboat", has been used by the IISS Communications Office for centuries as one of the workhorses of the Imperial communications network. Optimized for their job, the ships are unsuited for almost any task besides carrying electronic xmail. The ship carries extensive databanks and a powerful and triply backed-up maser communicator. Only one communicator is meant to be powered at a time; the radio is for emergencies and xboat tender retrieval operations only. The class is named after the professor at the University of Sylea who, in 624, designed the infamous "Poni Express" insignia which has since adorned all IISS Communications Office ships and crews.


This is an attempt to capture the spirit of the old CT xboat design using the FF&S/Brilliant Lances ship design rules. Since any size ship may now carry jump drives, the ship was simply reduced in size by a factor of five, to the minimum possible size. The ship is state-of-the-art for the late 600s Imperial, when the xboat net was started. To accurately reflect the high proportion of fuel to cargo, those hits have been spelled out explicitly in the damage table rather than using the standard "Hold" result. (Typical practice in my designs...a little more realistic.) Since the sensors are a bit sub-par (which seems to fit well with the concept and GDW's typical designs), I assume that the tender has a beacon which makes it easy for the xboat to to center its' commaser. Like the classic xboat, it's a sitting duck.

Dinimbue Express Boat

General Data

Displacement: 20 tons Hull Armor: 10
Length: 8 meters Volume: 280 m3
Price: 58.12 MCr Target Size: VS
Configuration: Sphere SL Tech Level: 13
Mass (Loaded/Unloaded): 126.259/121.353

Engineering Data

Power Plant: 16 MW Fusion (8 MW/hit), 1 month duration
Jump Performance: 4 (70 kL fuel)
Jump Fuel: 70 m3
G-Rating: 0, It has no manuver drive.
G-Turns: 0
Maint: 2


Computer: 6 x TL13Fb (0.9 MW ea.)
Commo: 3 x 1000 AU maser (infinite, 0.6 MW)
1 x 30 Mm radio (1 hex, 1.0 MW)
Avionics: TL 10+
Sensors: PEMS fixed array 30 Mm (1 hex, 0.03 MW)
AEMS 3000 km (0 hex; use long range, 8.0 MW)
Controls: 2 Workstations


Offensive None
Defensive: None
Master Fire Directors: None


Life Support: Extended (0.056 MW)
Grav Compensation: 4G (1.4 MW)
Crew: 1 : Pilot
Crew Accommodations: 1 large stateroom
Passenger Accomadation: None
Other Facilities: None
Cargo: 0 m3 0 Large cargo Hatches
Small Craft and Launch Facilities: None
Air Locks: 1


Damage Tables

  JD 1H; LSR 1H; PP (4h); LS (4h); ELS (2h); Others (1h)
  1            1-4: Ant.     Electronics
  2-5          1-6: Ant.     Electronics
  6            1-3: Airlock  1-4: Qtrs.; 5-19: Elec.; 20: Cargo
  7-9                        1-4: Qtrs.; 5-20: Elec.
  10-11                      1-15: Elec.; 16-20 Fuel
  12-15                      1-14: Elec.; 15-20 Fuel
  16-19                      1-5: Engrg.; 6-20: Fuel
  20                         1-8: Engrg.; 9-20: Fuel

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