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SAFEHAVEN MARINE.  Builders of the Interceptor & Wildcat range of offshore craft

'BRANDON LISA' Latest Interceptor 42 launched August 2006

Michael Nolanís new vessel the 'Brandon Lisa' has just been launched. Built by Safehaven Marine in Cobh , Cork , she is an Interceptor 42 'Angling Version, with a shorter length cabin. In this configuration she has a huge aft cockpit and is ideally suited to charter angling work. Her wide beam provides excellent stability at rest, providing a safe, stable  platform for anglers to fish from.  She is fitted with a new 'Sidepower 75kgf bow thruster, significantly more powerful than the Vetus version, we will be fitting it as our standard thruster in the future. A 24v capstan with chain rollers along the foredeck allows recovery of the anchor from the aft cockpit. A stainless steel seating and rod holder module has been custom built for her and allows comfortable seating for 10 anglers in the aft cockpit, whilst also allowing all the rods to be safely stored away during passage. A transom door providing access to the waterline for large fish recovery completes what is a fairly standard vessel.  Her general arrangement consists of a full galley with cooker and grill, microwave and fridge. Positioned in the fore cabin, out of the way and allowing the maximum seating area in the main cabin. A st/bd helm with a custom made GRP molding allows for a comfortable driving position and easy operation of her comprehensive electronic package, Furuno Radar and Seawia GPS plotter  comprise the electronics and drive twin 19" computer screens. DSSC VHF and offshore cell phone antenna provide communication at sea. A Simrad automatic pilot takes the strain out of long distance work. The main cabin is very spacious with seating available for 7 passengers. A heads compartment positioned at the aft of the cabin is accessed from the aft cockpit, and allows the compartment to be hosed down at the end of the day. Her maroon colour is the first for an Interceptor 42, and is very striking. Michael will be starting a new Angling charter venture on the East coast of Ireland .

The 'Brandon Lisa'  is fitted with a Volvo D9 500hp engine which provides her with a maximum speed of 24kts @ 2600rpm and a very economical 18 kts cruise at only 2100prm.   The Volvo engines come as standard with electronic engine controls which give fingertip control when coming alongside. The large capacity engine is particularly suited to single engine configurations providing excellent engine longevity and economy, very important with todayís fuel costs. The vessel is fully equipped with all Dept of  Marine safety equipment and requirements and licensed P5 12 passengers & 2 crew up to 30nm offshore.

The 'Brandon Lisa' is now in service and the owner is delighted with her performance and sea keeping. He had witnessed some of the sea trials and videos carried out on other Interceptors whilst his was being built, most notably the Cork Pilot Boat, based on an Interceptor 42 hull, sea trailing in force 9 and 10m seas, but he has now experienced her excellent sea keeping abilities for himself.  

With a single engine she has a 8,500kg (lightship, no fuel) displacement. It is important when comparing the Interceptor 42 to other 40ft craft, to look at their comparable displacement, some can be up to 50% lighter. Our Interceptors are very heavily built, the hull scantlings (frame sizes) and the thickness of the hull results in a heavier, much stronger boat, built to Lloyds Special Service Craft rules and regulations, the highest standard in the industry. Obviously a hull with small two inch frames every four feet apart is not going to be as strong as a hull which has big four inch frames every eighteen inches apart. At sea this gives a very solid feel in rough weather, the hull just takes the punishment without complaint or stress, at sea there is no substitute for size or displacement, the bigger and heavier the boat the better she is able to withstand the forces and impacts from waves, whereas a lighter, smaller boat will bounce around in a lively manor, the heavier boat will just plow through it all regardless. Its one place where size really does matter! We could of course build the hull lighter and cheaper, but then the boat would not have the highly regarded sea keeping and strength of an Interceptor.

Her sea trials are complete now, we did a rough weather sea keeping video of her which can be downloaded from this link-