Featuring a waterjet-powered fiberglass hull, a new pilot boat was constructed for Puget Sound
Pilots at Nordlund Boat Co.
, Tacoma, Wash.
Measuring 74 ft. (22.5 m), the vessel will be based at Port Angeles, Wash., where it was scheduled to enter service during December 1999. Powered by two Cat® 3412E marine diesel engines, each rated 900-bhp at 2,300-rpm, driving Hamilton waterjets through Reintjes Gears, the vessel's top speed is estimated at 26 knots. The 1,800-bhp (1,342 bkW) Puget Sound boasts a new hull design developed in conjunction with Tim Nolan of Tim Nolan Marine Design and Ed Hagemann of Hage-Marine, Inc.
Noted as the first marine engine to feature Caterpillar (CAT)
's patented Hydraulically-Actuated Electronically-Controlled Unit Injector (HEUI) fuel system — this will be the first pilot boat installation of Cat 3412Es. Regarding the engine's performance, Captain John Harris, of Puget Sound Pilots, cited increased fuel economy, emissions control and weight-to-weight power ratio.