Galveston-Texas City pilots have taken delivery of its third pilot boat, a new sister-ship to the 30 knot, 70-ft launch, built by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, less than four years ago. Designed by C. Raymond Hunt Associates, the all-aluminum vessel measures 70 ft over-all, with a 21-ft beam and a shallow three ft nine inch draft. The new launch is powered by twin Cummins QSK38-M diesel engines, each producing a conservative 1300 bhp at 1800 rpm and connected to a Hamilton HM 571 waterjet through a remote-mounted Reinjtes WVS 430/1 gearbox. Equipped with Gladding-Hearn’s proprietary hydraulically adjustable, interceptor-type, trim-control system, the vessel’s top speed is 30 knots.
Hamilton Jet’s Marine Electronic Control System (MECS) monitor the waterjets, engines and gears from the primary station in the wheelhouse and a hand-held remote, aft at the rescue station. Outside, the launch is equipped with wide side decks, inverted front windows, and port and starboard boarding platforms. Recessed steps, built into the transom, lead to a rescue platform. A pipe davit, equipped with a Rescue Sling is located alongside the aft control station for pilot rescue operations.
Interior accommodations feature HVAC, nine Llebroc recliners, cushioned settee and berth, dinette, and enclosed head. The galley has a refrigerator, microwave, stainless steel sink, and hanging lockers and drawers. Sound level in the wheelhouse is about 78 decibels.
Hull type All-aluminum Deep-V monohull
Date launched June 2010
Date delivered July 2010
Coast Guard certification Coastwise
Main engines (2) Cummins QSK38-M diesel engines, each rated at 1300 Bhp at 1800 rpm
Gears Reinjtes WVS 430/1
Waterjets (2) Hamilton HM 571
Engine controls Hamilton Jet Marine Electronic Control System
Gensets 21kW, 120V/240V, 1 PH AC
Sewage system (1) Vacuflush toilet System
Supplier MacDougals Cape Cod Marine, Falmouth, MA
Radar Furuno FR-2117 Black Box Radar system.
VHF (2) Quantum GX 5000
GPS Furuno GP-37
Depth sounder Furuno RD 30
Compass Ritchie SS-1002
Fuel 1,700 gal
Fresh water 50 gal
Crew size 2
Speed (loaded) 30 knots
HVAC Four Marine Air reverse-cycle A/C units
Other systems of importance:
Gladding-Hearn’s proprietary hydraulically adjustable, interceptor-type, trim-control system