Lake Pilots order RIB launch

Written by Nick Blenkey
Rendering Resilient class RIB pilot launch

Rendering Resilient class RIB pilot launch

Somerset, Mass., based Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, has taken an order for a rigid-bottom, soft-sided RIB pilot boat from the Lake Pilots Association, Huron, Mich. The Resilient class high-speed launch will be the third built for the association by Gladding-Hearn Somerset since 1979

Designed by Ray Hunt Design, the waterjet-driven, all-aluminum launch measures 42.5 feet overall. It has a 14-foot beam, including the hybrid foam/air collar, and 2.5-foot draft. The deep-V hull has a steep 24-degree dead-rise at the transom that increases to a very fine entry forward. A flat chine and multiple spray-rails provide an efficient running surface and deflect spray away from the collar to produce a drier rise and reduce foam fendering collar maintenance. A heavy-duty pipe guard will be installed across the transom, along with a grating platform above the launch’s waterjets.

The new RIB is powered by twin Cummins QSL-9 diesel engines, which are fully accessible through large lift-assisted deck hatches. The engines, each rated at 450 bhp, at 2,100 rpm, drive a pair of Hamilton Jet HJ-322 waterjets through Twin Disc gearboxes. Fuel capacity is 300 gallons. A Zipwake interceptor trim-control system will be installed on the transom. Top speed will reach over 32 knots.

An aluminum pilothouse on a flush deck, with forward-leaning front windows, will be set aft of amidships with 18-inch walk-around side decks. Access to the pilothouse will be through the aft hinged door. The pilothouse will have five Llebroc Stalker XT seats—four pilot seats and one helm seat—and a control console with instruments and controls.

Four 12 Volt Hella Turbo fans will be installed in the pilothouse to provide air circulation. A Porta Potty will be installed in the forecastle. The launch will be outfitted entirely with LED lighting.

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