Interceptor 42 Pilot

13m

Renowned worldwide, our very successful Interceptor 42 Pilot vessel combines strength and tremendous seakeeping abilities with 13 pilot vessels supplied to Ports in Europe

 

Overview

The Interceptor 42 'pilot' is  based on the very successful Interceptor 42 hull, on which over 40 vessels have been built since 2001. The hull design is well proven and renowned for possessing excellent sea keeping abilities. Her LOA is 43ft / 12.9m, beam 14ft / 4.1m. and draft 4ft 6” / 1.3m. One of the main features of the Interceptor 42 pilot boat is her exceptional strength. To achieve this, substantial 100x100mm transverse frames at closely spaced 500mm centers on a heavyweight 10,000gm2 shell laminate are used. The same substantial beams were used on the deck structure and knees which provides strength at the critical deck to hull join, this results in one of the strongest pilot hulls available. The net result is that the likelihood of damage occurring to the hull as a result of  pilot boarding operations is unlikely, meaning less down time, an important consideration for a busy port  Her main fendering consists of 150 x 150mm heavy D section, with 140mm  section used for the lower belting with multiple diagonals fitted along the hulls side. This combination provides good protection to the craft when alongside ships. and is cheaply and easily replaced when damaged. On deck, a wide walkway  passes up the side of the cabin, 32mm hand railings and Hadrian safety rail facilitate safe passage.

 

 In the cabin, the arrangement features a central helm position. This means boarding can take place to the side best suited to the prevailing conditions, as both port and starboard side benefit from equal visibility. In addition the helmsman’s seating and steering position has been designed with car like ergonomics in mind, allowing fatigue free operation, where all controls fall easily to hand. Visibility is maximized by the use of forward slopping front windows, to easily shed water and reduce glare and reflections. Upper level skylights and roof windows give a clear view overhead. Front screens are demisted by an efficient hot air heater / demister to ensure good visibility at all times. Instrumentation and electronics have been positioned to provide easily viewed navigation and vessel information. A comprehensive electronics package is fitted consisting of two  12" colour displays screens providing GPS plotter navigation, sounder and radar,  in addition,  AIS readout is integrated into the main displays and a rudder angle position and log provides further information. The layout inside is quite unique. Instead of the usual six pilot seats, (which can be accommodated if required) there are four pilot seats, the aft two have a table in front, and one has a navigation console with a 12" navigation repeater and VHF incorporated. This provides the pilot with a very comfortable seated position, his own navigation station and access to important information, particularly in adverse weather conditions while communicating with approaching vessels. Cameras positioned on the wheelhouse roof looking at at the transom and engine room provide the helmsman with selectable video images displayed on the display units,  The transom camera can be invaluable to the coxswain in the event of an emergency recovery as normally the area directly below the transom is not visible from the helm. In the event of a MOB situation arising, recovery will be easily facilitated by a MOB recovery basket which is single handedly deployed down to below the WL, allowing an unconscious person to be recovered efficiently in a horizontal position and lifted up to the weather deck. When not in use the system folds back into the transom out of the way. 

 

One of the Pilot 42's strengths is her exceptional seakeeping abilities. Punching into steep head seas her behavior is excellent. Her deep V hull, weight and strength allowed her to punch through the waves almost silently with no bangs or slams and even after becoming airborne her landings are very soft as she shoulders the seas aside. The aft central con position and pilot seating resulted in very low motions for the crew, providing comfort even in very rough conditions.  Beam on she is exceptionally stable, a result of her wide beam and high levels of stability, on this course the vessel is excellent with very little rolling and heel, and is able to withstand heavy breaking seas striking her beam on. Its worthwhile to note also that the screens remain virtually dry, her twin chine hull design effectively suppressing airborne spray allowing good visibility to be maintained, even in poor conditions. Turning to run before the seas is truly exceptional being reassuringly controllable, allowing hands off steering even in big in following seas, and running straight down wind, she displays exceptional directional stability. Putting the seas on the transom quarter, always a test for a boat, she is again exceptional in her handling, with little heeling on the face of waves when surfing and zero tendency to yaw. 

 
Design

In the cabin, the arrangement features a central helm position. This means boarding can take place to the side best suited to the prevailing conditions, as both port and starboard side benefit from equal visibility. In addition the helmsman’s seating and steering position has been designed with car like ergonomics in mind, allowing fatigue free operation, where all controls fall easily to hand. Visibility is maximized by the use of forward slopping front windows, to easily shed water and reduce glare and reflections. Upper level skylights and roof windows give a clear view overhead. Front screens are demisted by an efficient hot air heater / demister to ensure good visibility at all times. Instrumentation and electronics have been positioned to provide easily viewed navigation and vessel information. A comprehensive electronics package is fitted consisting of two  12" colour displays screens providing GPS plotter navigation, sounder and radar,  in addition,  AIS readout is integrated into the main displays and a rudder angle position and log provides further information. The layout inside is quite unique. Instead of the usual six pilot seats, (which can be accommodated if required) there are four pilot seats, the aft two have a table in front, and one has a navigation console with a 12" navigation repeater and VHF incorporated. This provides the pilot with a very comfortable seated position, his own navigation station and access to important information, particularly in adverse weather conditions while communicating with approaching vessels. Cameras positioned on the wheelhouse roof looking at at the transom and engine room provide the helmsman with selectable video images displayed on the display units,  The transom camera can be invaluable to the coxswain in the event of an emergency recovery as normally the area directly below the transom is not visible from the helm. In the event of a MOB situation arising, recovery will be easily facilitated by a MOB recovery basket which is single handedly deployed down to below the WL, allowing an unconscious person to be recovered efficiently in a horizontal position and lifted up to the weather deck. When not in use the system folds back into the transom out of the way.

 

The main cabin is finished in a combination of durable formica laminates of the customers choice, black GRP moldings for helm and seat pedestals, and the cabin is lined in a grey sidelining carpet, providing insulation and a warm environment. Access to the forward accommodation is through a water tight hatch, steps leads down to a spacious area containing seating and occasional berths. There is also plenty of storage space, a basic galley can be provided for the crew here if required. A separate heads compartment fitted with a manual toilet is situated to starboard.

 

The pilot 42 is typically powered by a pair of Volvo D12 engines rated at 500hp @ 1800rpm continuous. This provides her with a required operational speed of 22-23kts. Another important feature is the ability for quick engine replacement in the event of a failure. To this end a large hatch is built into the superstructure roof which can be quickly removed, the four pilot seats can then be unbolted ant the completed seating modules removed. A large hatch situated in the cabin sole is unlatched and hinged back, allowing the engines to be quickly removed.

 
Interior

The main cabin is finished in a combination of durable formica laminates of the customers choice, black GRP moldings for helm and seat pedestals, and the cabin is lined in a grey sidelining carpet, providing insulation and a warm environment. Access to the forward accommodation is through a water tight hatch, steps leads down to a spacious area containing seating and occasional berths. There is also plenty of storage space, a basic galley can be provided for the crew here if required. A separate heads compartment fitted with a manual toilet is situated to starboard. Her accommodation layout allows for a standard arrangement of 4 pilots and 1 crew / helmsman, pilot seating for up to 10 can be provided including the forward cabin space making the 42 pilot one of the most spacious pilot vessels of this size.

 

Below, her interior is bright and airy, fully lined and carpeted, she’s quite luxurious. The central helm allows good all round visibility and the seat / steering interface is very comfortable. Pilot seating is also very comfortable, two of which have tables and one features a navigation console with VHF, GPS and radar repeaters. Several vertical poles allow safe passage throughout the cabin in rough conditions

 
Engineering

The Interceptor 42 is engineered to a very high standard, special consideration is given to accessibility of service components and their durability has been thoroughly tested over the years.

 

 

 

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