LBI provides full circle development from design, prototype development, testing, and the manufacturing of finished products. LBI strives to create robust and reliable autonomous systems for the harsh marine environment. Our mission is to provide this service and production capability to our Department of Defense, NOAA, and commercial customers. We apply our unique knowledge of materials, composites, mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic systems to emerging technologies.
We are committed to applying our 48 years of naval architecture and marine experience in the development of successful marine systems from surface craft to Arctic buoys, Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USV), Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUV), Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) and Underwater Gliders.
This experience has reinforced the value of building prototypes and field trials vs. theoretical results where practical. We believe in delivering cost effective solutions and value to our customers.
Peter Legnos founded LBI in May 1971. LBI is a research, development, engineering and manufacturing company specializing in marine and naval systems. In the beginning, Legnos designed, manufactured and marketed over 300 sailboats and commercial power boats in the early years until 1986. The Legnos boat designs are known as the “Mystic Cat”, “Mystic 30”, “Mystic Ali Cat 20”, “Mystic River Cat 15” sailboats, and the “Legnos 35” a commercial powerboat. As an innovative and knowledgeable boat designer and builder for over 14 years Legnos grew LBI in a new direction in the late 80’s that continues till today of specialized work successfully developing and manufacturing projects for our U.S. Government National Defense. Electric Boat and LBI collaboration began in the late 1970’s. Legnos and the LBI team worked on many components for the Trident mock-up. They designed and developed tooling and consulted on procedures and methods for the application of the Special-Hull-Treatment (SHT) for the Mold-In-Place (MIP) program for the Seawolf and Virginia Class Submarines.
Legnos was Program Manager and Principal Investigator on many research and development projects funded through Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grants for NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and ONR (Office of Naval Research). He, along with the LBI team, developed innovative systems for NOAA, ONR, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Spawar Systems Center Pacific, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Carderock Combatant Craft Division, NSWC Carderock Philadelphia, NUWC Newport, General Dynamics and Hamilton Standard.