Naiad launches Texas pilot boat, Alaska crew boat


The following is text of a news release from Naiad Inflatables of Newport:

(PORTSMOUTH, R.I.) — Naiad Inflatables of Newport recently launched a 49-foot pilot boat for the Matagorda Bay Pilots Association in Texas and a 36-foot response/crew boat for Arctic Response Services in Anchorage, Alaska.

The pilot boat, Karankawa, has twin Scania DI13 77M main engines, Twin Disc MGX-5114A gears and ZF controls. It employs shaft propulsion with driveline components from H&H and Michigan Wheel propellers. Top speed is 33 knots.

All interior and deck lighting is LED. The ship’s primary systems are 25 volt, with a voltage converter for 12V DC service. The vessel has a 3,000-watt inverter and shore power service.   

The wheelhouse has six Shockwave seats, a chart table and small refrigerator. Instrumentation is the G Series from Raymarine. The vessel also features Naiad’s proprietary EVA foam core fendering system with polyurea coating. 

The response/crew boat, Arctic Resolution, is powered by twin Volvo Penta D4 300s with ZF 63 gears and HamiltonJet HJ274 waterjets. Top speed is 34 knots. The vessel is U.S. Coast Guard-certified for 12 passengers and two crew. 

Instrumentation is provided by Furuno. The cabin has Shockwave seats for the navigator and helmsman and bench seating for the additional 12 passengers inside the cabin. The cabin is equipped with a Webasto diesel-fired heater. The engines are equipped with auxiliary block heaters. 

Arctic Resolution is the first Naiad-equipped vessel with a single-point Henrikson hook system for davit launching from an offshore supply vessel. The OSV’s davit system was custom designed for Naiad.

By Professional Mariner Staff