World renowned surfboard designer and former commercial fisherman George Greenough has been designing and building surf rescue boats for nearly thirty years. In 1978 he built a 12' skiff for single handed offshore fishing. Surf handling was especially important to Greenough because he fished at night, returning through the surf after dark.
Greenough's multi-plane hull so impressed Australian lifeguards that they took a mold and constructed boats for Australian surf rescue services. Built in 1982, the Tweed Rescue's 12' Greenough boat, four engines later, is still in service.
The impetus to update Greenough's 12' rescue boat came from Peter Maguire, who wanted a rescue platform that was more stable and protected than a PWC. Maguire and Greenough decided to build a jet powered version of his legendary 12' boat in August 2005, and GARC prototype 1 went to sea in March 2006. The boat exceeded expectations in early sea trials and Rapid Response Technology was formed.