JANUARY 28, 2014—It's rare that a U.S. shipyard builds for export, but that is just what Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation is doing. The Somerset, MA, shipyard recently delivered the first of six Chesapeake Class pilot boats for coastal and offshore patrol operations and port security for the Colombian Department of the Navy.
Designed by C. Raymond Hunt & Associates, the Gorgonilla has an all-aluminum deep-V hull that measures 56.6 feet overall, with a 17.8-foot beam and 3-foot draft, and has a top speed of 27 knots. Propulsion is supplied by two MAN R6-800CRM diesel engines, each delivering 800 bhp at 2,300 rev/min, that drive Ultra Jet UJ-452 water jets through ZF 360 gears. The boat is equipped with a 16kW Alaska Diesel genset.
For rescue operations, the boat is equipped with a winch-operated, rotating davit over the water-level recessed platform at the transom.
Interior accommodations include six bunks, a head and full galley, air conditioning, and Llebroc seats and an upholstered settee in the pilothouse.