The State of Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife took
delivery of “First State” to replace their current Fisheries Research Vessel, a hundred-year -old converted wooden sailboat. The new 62 ft. (19 m), designed by Nigel Gee & Associates
, has been built by Derecktor in aluminum with a hard chine hull. The resiliently mounted pilot house provides
exceptionally low noise levels. Behind the house, the ample aft deck has
been fitted with swinging A-Frame and cargo boom, net reel, trawl winches,
dredge roller and towing bit.
The twin Daewoo T180VIM
(641 HP@2100 rpm) engines have been
resiliently mounted. They drive twin fixed-pitch propellers through ZF
gearboxes. The propulsion package together with the modern fishing gear
makes this boat a lot more efficient and also a lot safer than the
Department’s former/current vessel. Fully loaded this new boat has a top
speed of 22 knots. She has been designed to be operated with a crew size of
nine. Planned uses of the new vessel include study and sampling of the
fisheries in the Delaware River and Bay. The increased speed and sea
worthiness of the vessel will allow for more consistent and extended fisheries
In the last few years Derecktor Shipyards have established themselves as a
leading manufacturer of commercial aluminum vessels in North America.
Among their recent deliveries are an 85 foot (26 m) Freight Boat for Fire
Island Ferries, Inc., and the third of a series of new pilot boats as part of the
fleet modernization effort of the Sandy Hook Pilots Association. Derecktor
Shipyards also recently delivered the first of six small passenger ferries for
New York Water Taxi (NYWT) and are soon to deliver two more. Furthermore
Derecktor Shipyards recently started construction on the first of two 240 foot
(73 m) high-speed vehicle ferries for the Alaska Marine Highway System.
According to the maufacturers,among the factors in the success of the vessels are the high standard of aluminum fabrication and machinery installations as well as the weight conscious approach to vessel construction.