Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, The Duclos Corporation
, has delivered a new pilot boat, Cape Fear Pilot II, to the Wilmington-Cape Fear Pilots Association
. The new launch, which shuttles pilots nine miles from Southport, N.C. to ships entering the Cape Fear River
en route to the port of Wilmington
, works alongside another pilot boat built by the Somerset, Mass. yard in 1974.
Measuring 52 ft. (15.8 m), the all-aluminum boat was designed by C. Raymond Hunt Associates
of Boston and Gladding Hearn. It has a 17 ft. (5.1 m) beam and draws 5 ft. (1.5 m). Powered by twin Caterpillar (CAT)
diesel engines, each rated for 480 bhp at 2,100 rpm for a top speed of 24 knots, the engines turn the five-blade Hall & Stavaert bronze propellers via Twin Disc reverse/reduction gears. The 10 kW Northern Lights genset, is cooled by a split-pipe keel cooler to prevent marine growth from fouling the heat exchanger.
Fiberglass/lead acoustical insulation is installed overhead, under the deck and against the engine-room bulkheads - reducing onboard noise to less than 80 Dba at cruising speed.