Tampa Bay Pilots Return Chesapeake Class Pilot Boat to Gladding-Hearn for Repowering After 19 Years of Continuous Service
SOMERSET, Mass., − October 17, 2022 – The Tampa Bay pilot association has returned its first Chesapeake Class pilot boat to Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding. Tampa was built in 2003 when the shipyard introduced the class of mid-size, high-speed launches. In 2015, the Tampa pilots took delivery of the shipyard’s first Chesapeake Class MKII, which incorporates the performance benefits of Volvo Penta’s IPS 2 pod system.
With more than 50,000 operating hours, the 53’ all-aluminum pilot boat will be repowered and undergo repairs after a thorough inspection the shipyard’s quality control department. “After 19 years of hard work, the vessel is showing some wear and tear but she still has a lot of life left so it’s definitely worth re-investing in.” said Peter Duclos, Gladding-Hearn’s co-president and director of sales.
Other upgrades include new Norsap 1500 pilot seats, new windows, three new doors to the pilothouse and four new hatch covers. The boat’s bottom, topsides and pilothouse will be stripped to bare metal and receive a fresh coating system.
For more information, contact Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, 168 Walker St., Somerset, MA 02725.
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