Hampton Roads specifications

Owner/operator: Virginia Pilot Association, Virginia Beach, Va.
Designer/builder: C. Raymond Hunt Associates, New Bedford, Mass./Gladding- Hearn Shipbuilding, Somerset, Mass.
Dimensions: L: 55’ B: 17’2” D: 4’11”
Mission: Pilot boat
Crew size: Two


  • Deep-V aluminum monohull


  • Maximum speed: 32 knots (loaded)


  • (2) Volvo Penta D13-700 EPA Tier 3 diesel engines, 700 hp each at 2,250 rpm
  • (2) Volvo Penta IPS 650MC propulsion pods with twin forward-facing, counter-rotating bronze propellers
  • Volvo Penta EVC integrated steering and engine control system with three-axis joysticks (pilothouse and aft station)
  • Northern Lights/Alaska Diesel Electric 12-kW generator


  • Fuel: 800 gallons
  • Potable water: 25 gallons
  • Sewage: 9 gallons


  • (2) Furuno TZT14 multi-touch MFDs with Furuno DRS radar and chartplotter
  • Furuno FA150 AIS
  • Furuno GP330B GPS
  • Furuno DFF1 echosounder
  • Ritchie compass
  • (2) Icom IC-M604 VHF radios

Additional equipment:

  • Humphree automatic trim optimization system and coordinated turn optimization system
  • Heated deck and handrail system
  • Cruisair Vector Turbo air-conditioning units
  • Raritan Atlantes Freedom A724 marine toilet


  • U.S. Coast Guard uninspected, documented with coastwise endorsement
By Professional Mariner Staff