Brazos Pilot specifications

Owner/operator: Brazos Pilots Association, Freeport, Texas
Designer/builder: Metal Shark, Jeanerette, La., and Donald L. Blount and Associates, Chesapeake, Va./Metal Shark
Dimensions: L: 64’ B: 19’ D: 4.5’
Mission: Pilot boat
Crew size: Seats six, sleeps two


  • Aluminum monohull


  • (2) Caterpillar C18 diesel engines, 803 hp each at 2,100 rpm
  • Twin Disc MGX-5146SC gears, direct mount, electric shift
  • (2) Michigan Wheel five-blade nibral propellers
  • Kohler 40-kW genset
  • Vessel speed: 28 knots


  • Fuel: 1,200 gallons
  • Water: 55 gallons
  • Lube oil: 60 gallons


  • Furuno NavNet TZtouch system, radar and chartplotter interfaced with multifunction displays
  • Furuno compass and AIS
  • Furuno E-nav software
  • FLIR M-Series 625CS thermal imaging camera system
  • (2) Engine room CCTV cameras
  • (2) Furuno FM8900S VHF radios
  • (2) Standard Horizon GX2000S VHF radios

Additional equipment:

  • (5) Llebroc Bandera shock-mitigating seats
  • Fireboy-Xintex GA2 fire suppression system with HFC-227 agent
  • KVH TracVision TV3 satellite television system
By Professional Mariner Staff