New aluminium pilot boat for the Savannah Pilots Association

published on 31 August 2022 113 -

The Savannah Pilots Association of Georgia received a brand-new aluminium pilot boat from Snow and Company, a Washington-based boat-builder. The single-chine, flush-deck Savannah was created by the UK-based naval design firm Camarc. Its dimensions are 64 feet (19.5 metres) in length, 19.5 feet (5.9 metres) in beam, 3.63 feet (1.1 metres) in full load draught, 51 tonnes (46.2 tonnes), with seats for two crew and seven pilots.

Aluminium boats have excellent corrosion resistance, making them suited for fresh and saltwater conditions. Aluminium is the best material for shipbuilding. It is also favoured for marine applications like military patrol boats and fast ferries.

The boat can travel up to 35 knots thanks to two MTU 12V2000M86 engines that power Hamilton HTX52 waterjets through ZF 3055 gearboxes. Fuel tanks with a combined capacity of 1,200 litres supply the engines (4,540 litres).

The deck and the hull of the boat are also constructed using aluminium. Based at its own name-giving port, Savannah will support ships travelling more than 25 miles (40 kilometres) along the Savannah River between the port and the Atlantic Ocean's entrance. The new build is the third pilot boat of Camarc's design that the same operator has received. The Savannah Pilots are expected to get a second vessel from the same series in the fourth quarter of 2022. The operational service lifetimes of both vessels were designed to be greater than 20 years.

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Mr. Ron Evans USA
on 3 September 2022, 13:41 UTC

Depending on the aluminun type (pour) and construction technique, it's a pretty tough boat. My biggest drawback is static electricity and lightning. These craft, in their commercial use, are out there all the time and all weather. The manufacturer and their engineers know this and build in safety to industry standards. Even knowing all this, a floating lightning rod is not appealing to me.


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