Safehaven Marine are designers and builders of FRP Pilot boats, Patrol boats, Crew transfer vessels, Hydrographic survey catamarans, Naval & Military craft and unique custom private motor yachts. All our vessels are built to the highest standards of strength & engineering and are renowned world wide for their exceptional sea-keeping abilities. We set  UIM World long range speed records in 2017 & 2020 with our own vessel and crew. Established in 1996 we have built over 138 vessels supplied to 27 countries worldwide with  nearly 50 pilot vessels in operation globally, and have become leaders in our field.

Based in Youghal, Co Cork Ireland, Safehaven manufacture our vessels from two modern factories, with all design work carried out in house, and built with our own experienced team of engineers, carpenters, electricians, shipwrights and laminators.

 

Always at the forefront of new technology and designs we continuously develop our range and push the frontiers of design: In 2020 we aim to set a UIM Transatlantic World record with our unique (patent applied for) new 22m high speed vessel XSV20

 

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October 20, 2020

Safehaven Marine, pilot boat specialist builders in Ireland have launched a new Interceptor 48 pilot boat for the Port of Coruna in Northern Spain. ‘Practicos Coruna Ochno’ is powered by a pair of Volvo D13 500hp continuously rated engines and ZF Gearboxes. Propulsion is by conventional sterngear turning 28” propellers giving her a 25kts continuous operational speed. Capable of carrying 7 pilots and crew all on shock mitigation seating comfortably in her spacious fully lined cabin with extremely low noise levels...

August 13, 2020

Safehaven Marine set a new over 50ft class Cork to the Fastnet Rock and back UIM World powerboat record in their 23m long  XSV20 ‘Thunder Child II’ in a time of 2hrs 36 minutes averaging 44.6kts,  recording a maximum speed of 53kts on the run. (subject to ratification by the UIM)

After a recce trip to the rock the day before, and with near perfect conditions forecast we made the decision to have a crack at setting the record the next day. Crossing the start line off Weavers Point at the entrance to Cork Harbo...

July 29, 2020

Safehaven Marine undertook an 800nm 4 day cruise in Thunder Child II to Scotland, living off the boat to visit a place called the Gulf of Corryvreckan. A pretty wild yet beautiful place.

The Corryvreckan whirlpool, or ‘Maelstrom’, as would be a more appropriate description, is formed as the tide enters the narrow stretch of water between the Islands of Jura and Scarba that is the Gulf of Corryvreckan. Here the tidal flow speeds up to 8.5kts as it is squeezed between the islands, and there it encounters a variety o...

July 7, 2020

Safehaven Marine have launched a new Interceptor 48 pilot boat ‘Pilot 1’ for the Gdynia Pilots in Poland. This is Safehaven’s 44th Pilot vessel delivered to ports worldwide. Safehavens Pilot 48 has proved to be a superb sea boat performing admirably in pilotage operations with all owners extolling its virtues of seakeeping, strength and stability.

‘Pilot 1’ is powered by a pair of Volvo D13 engines and has a 24.5kts operational speed. She has been specially fitted out for cold climate operations, as the Northern B...

June 3, 2020

Safehaven Marine have launched ‘San Cibrao’, an Interceptor 42 pilot boat for the port of San Ciprian in Spain. San Cibrao is the 14th pilot 42 model built and the 43rd Pilot vessel Safehaven Marine have delivered to ports worldwide and has proved to be a superb sea boat performing admirably in pilotage operations with all owners extolling its virtues of seakeeping, strength and stability.

With the Covid-19 travel restrictions in place and the Pilots from San Ciprian unable to fly here at present Safehaven are hav...

April 17, 2020

Safehaven Marine based in Ireland have just delivered a pilot vessel for operations at the Port of Berbera in Somaliland, Africa.  ‘Sanaag’ is one of Safehaven’s Interceptor 38 pilot vessels, at 11.9m LOA, a very capable design which proves economical to operate, yet capable of dealing with very rough seas and challenging boarding conditions when required.

She has been built for DP World Berbera to be given to the Somaliland Ports Authority.  The build and sea trials were managed fully by P&O Maritime Logistics. T...

February 23, 2020

The How, Why & Where including video production

Above: ‘Thunder Child II’ being sea trailed during a storm in preparation for her Transatlantic voyage across the North Atlantic.

The entrance to Cork Harbour situated on the South coast of Ireland can produce some extreme sea states during the winter storm months. There are two main factors that influence the sea state at the entrance, the first being the ebbing tide, the second being shoaling waters over the Harbour Rock, this is situated at the entrance to the Harb...

February 16, 2020

Safehaven Marine have delivered one of our Interceptor 48 pilot vessels to the San Juan Bay Pilots, Puerto Rico. This marks Safehaven Marines 41st pilot boat delivered to ports Worldwide. ‘Harbor Thunder’ a very striking design, she is powered by a pair of Cummins QSM11 engines at a heavy duty rating of 450hp, allowing the vessel an economical continuous operational speed of 22-23kts. ‘Harbor Thunder’ accommodates 2 crew and 4 pilots in her main cabin, all on shock mitigation seating and also incorporates a compa...

December 13, 2019

Safehaven Marine have delivered an Interceptor 48 pilot boat to Fonnes Batservice of Norway. She is Safehaven’s 41st pilot boat delivered and the 16th Interceptor 48 pilot. To comply with Norwegian regulations she features a new wheel house design featuring f/wd angled front windows and increased accommodation space in her main cabin. Powered by a pair of Scania DI13 500hp rating 1 engines she had a max speed of 26kts on trials. Also fitted with Twin Discs Quickshift gearboxes and dynamic manoeuvring system worki...

September 9, 2019

Frank Kowalski / Powerboat & RIB

Delivery Voyage of 'SAFEHAVEN' the second XSV20 to Jack Setton.

Above, Video covering her voyage from Cork to Sardinia.

Frank Kowalski, MD of Safehaven Marine, provides a first-hand account of a mighty 2500 nautical mile journey from Cork, Ireland, to Porto Cervo on Sardinian’s idyllic coast. A delivery voyage extraordinaire, made by one his own Safehaven XSV20’s and a vessel named after the yard in which she was built. A striking 23 metre all-weather vessel which has the power to co...

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