Designed by Ray Hunt Design, the jet-driven, all-aluminum launch measures 42.5 feet overall. It has a 14-foot beam and a shoal 2.5-foot draft. The deep-V hull features 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 dryer ride and reduce collar maintenance. The perimeter of the launch is fitted with a large foam-collar fendering system. A heavy-duty pipe guard is installed across the transom, along with a platform above the launch’s waterjets.
“The vessel is an excellent summer complement to the Lake Pilots’ 53- foot Chesapeake Class, burning half the fuel at higher speeds,” said Gladding-Hearn Co-President Peter Duclos.
An aluminum pilothouse on a flush deck, with forward-leaning front windows, is set aft of amidships with 18-inch walk-around side decks. Access to the pilothouse is through the aft hinged door. The pilothouse has five Llebroc Stalker XT seats – four pilot seats and one helm seat – and a control console with instruments and controls. A Porta Potty is installed in the forecastle. The launch is outfitted entirely with LED lighting.
The Lake Pilots’ pilot boat is the fourth of the Resilient Class built since its introduction in 2005. The three vessels, operating in Texas, Virginia and South Carolina, combined have more than 45,000 operating hours of continuous service, said shipyard officials.