Kvichak delivers pilot vessel to Crescent River Port Pilots

Written by Nick Blenkey

photo_by_John_FleckJUNE 8, 2012 — Kvichak Marine Industries, Seattle, recently delivered the M/V Samuel A. Church, a 50 ft x 15.5 ft pilot vessel to the Crescent River Port Pilots (CRPPA) of Louisiana.

A christening ceremony was held last week at the Southern Yacht Club of New Orleans before the vessel was delivered to its homeport in Pilottown, La. The Crescent River Port Pilots operate on the Mississippi River between Pilottown and New Orleans. Kvichak is currently building a second 50 ft pilot boat for the CRPPA with delivery scheduled for September 2012.

Designed by Kvichak Marine, the all-aluminum vessel is powered by twin Detroit Diesel 60 series engines rated for 600 BHP powering Hamilton 364 waterjets viaTwin Disc MG5114SC marine gears. This combination allows for excellent maneuverability and a top speed of around 32 knots. The vessel has a Wing Hybrid fendering system and a roof boarding platform specifically designed for the CRPPA.

Additional vessel features include:
Overall length: 52.25 ft    
Beam, overall: 15.5 ft
Draft (RFS): 2.75 ft    
Fuel capacity: 500 gallons
Furuno navigation system
Northern Lights 9 kW generator    
Fresh water capacity: 15 gallons
2 crew and 10 passengers    
Wing Hybrid fendering system
Climate controlled pilot house    
500 lb MOB Davit w/12 VDC winch

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