55 (14.7m) PILOT
Pilot seating capacity
Hurricane force 12 and 6m seas
Discovery Channel, Raging planet documentary
Pathfinder in Force 10 and huge waves
55ft / 16.7m
12 pilots, 1-2 crew
Twin Disc 5135
ROUGH WEATHER SEA TRIALS
On Saturday 17th January Ireland was hit by Violent storm force 11. Hurricane wind speeds of 140kmph, 93kts were recorded. To fully test her capabilities in some of the the roughest conditions possible we took her out and put her through her paces. The waves over the Harbour rock were phenomenal, and breaking very heavily as the spring ebb tide ran out into the face of the Southerly swell. Wave heights recorded were 6m / 20ft. We took our Interceptor 55 Pilot out through this maelstrom to demonstrate her sea keeping and capture some exceptional video footage. For sure I had to nurse her carefully trying to avoid the worst seas, although occasionally, unavoidable we would get slammed by a set big breakers , but she looked after us and took us through it safely. Running back in with the seas behind us was 'interesting' to say the least. Here is a link to the video. SEE THE VIDEO
Below are some photos. These were taken at the start with 85kts winds, the sea is white with spray, the wind was so strong that the sea appeared to smoke 'as if on fire' as the surface of the sea was stripped off and blown along.
Below, nice photo sequence of the Alantida Azul bursting through a 20ft breaking sea. I was driving and it was a pretty big moment, the first wave that hit us was fine, lined up head on nicely we chopped the top 4ft of the wave off, putting a wall of green water over the deck, the wave deflector worked well, but with plenty of water still hitting the screens you couldn't see the next wave coming, I only got a glimpse of it, enough to know that it was big and breaking heavily as well, all you can do in this situation is depend on the boat to look after you, which she did, good girl! Below, taking another huge wave. The important thing about doing these sea trials is that I know that, driven correctly, the 55 and 42 can deal well with these extreme conditions and give the crew and pilots confidence, and importantly a sense of safety. It is only by actually doing this that the designer can truly understand what good sea keeping means.
Over the years we have captured many exceptional photographs and videos of our vessels operating in extreme conditions, check them out here- GALLERY
Safehaven Marine, Ashgrove, Cobh, Co Cork, Ireland
Phone 00353 86 8054582
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