48 (14.7m) PILOT
Pilot seating capacity
Bordeaux Pilot vessel in rough weather trials.
Sea keeping & handling trials of Liverpool pilot boat Skua
48ft / 14.7m
6-8 pilots, 1 crew
Twin Disc 5114
The pilots at Bordeaux have to deal with very challenging and at times dangerous seas at the entrance to the Harbour where big Atlantic swells from the Bay of Biscay meet the strong 3-4kt ebb tide from the Gironde River and rage with special violence causing breaking seas at the Bar that reach over 10m in height during winter months, the Pilot vessel is expected to be able to navigate the Bar safely in up to 5m wave heights. As a consequence a fundamental requirement by the Port was for a pilot vessel with very high levels of sea keeping and Safehaven Marines reputation in this respect was unsurpassed by any other builder. An important part of the design brief was for the Interceptor 48 to be fully self righting in the event of capsize by virtue of her high buoyancy superstructure and consequently the vessel has been built with numerous features such as automatically closing air vents, 15mm thick windows and watertight cockpit doors. In addition the superstructures forward windows are aft sloping to minimise pressure loadings when taking green seas over the bow, (a fairly regular occurrence due to the extreme conditions she operates in) Another advantage of the Interceptor 48 is the inclusion of a large and spacious forward cabin, this is achieved by virtue of having her engines installed further aft under the main cabin, where they are subject to less loadings and accelerations in rough seas, and are quickly removed in the unlikely event of failure through hatches incorporated in the main cabin sole and cabin roof. The forward cabin on Quinoa features bunk berths allowing the pilots to rest and relax comfortably during transits at night time, and provides increased seating capacity that can be utilised in an emergency, or when additional passenger seating is required.. Quinoa is fitted with Safehaven's unique pilot boarding ladder design improving safety for pilots when boarding but causing minimum obstruction to visibility. Quinoa was built under Bureau Veritas survey to the strict French Maritime authority requirements.
The vessel was
delivered at the end of September by Olivier Barreau, the pilot
specifically involved in overseeing her design and construction whom
became good friends with Safehaven's owner and designer Frank Kowalski
during the 12mths of her construction. The 500nm voyage from Ireland to
Bordeaux was completed in challenging conditions, after completion of
the voyage Olivier sent an account to Frank an extract is quoted here:
"Conditions continued to be very rough especially off the
Island of Oleron where we
had wind against tide with very steep 3-4m waves off the bow, we had to
reduce speed here and I negotiated the seas comfortably by swinging the
bow off the crests so she didn't fall heavily into the troughs.
We continued on towards
Safehaven Marine, Ashgrove, Cobh, Co Cork, Ireland
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