Wildcat 53 Twin Deck
Symmetrical hull, high buoyancy bow catamaran offering excellent sea keeping, stability and impressive accommodation and deck space, suitable for Windfarm Support and a multitude of operational roles.
The Wildcat 53 is high bow buoyancy bow design, symmetrical hull, twin chine catamaran of GRP composite construction, principle dimensions are 16m moulded (17.3m LOA) a 6.1m / 20ft beam and a 1.15m draft, the design offers excellent sea keeping abilities, being able to push through steep head seas without slamming occurring on the bridge deck by virtue of the fuller bow sections providing adequate buoyancy to lift over waves, this combined with the catamaran designs high levels of transverse stability results in a very stable, seaworthy craft.
The superstructure is a raised bridge deck design with the helm and navigators position elevated to provide excellent visibility. The cabin is centrally positioned in an ‘island configuration’ with a clear 750mm walkway each side and around the bow where there is a cargo lifting space. This provides a safe passageway and spacious work and boarding area at the bow.
Accommodation fit out is to a very high standard, the area is very spacious and designed to provide a comfortable and luxurious environment with a combination of aircraft style transit seating and dinette and table for working, dining & standby relaxation. The cabin design is open plan with a full galley in the port hull and bunk berths in the st/bd hull. A useful feature is the incorporation of a wet room, featuring aft cockpit access, hanging space, toilet and shower facilities with access from their direct to the main accommodation, this allows personnel the ability to disrobe from work gear and enter the living area clean and dry.
The helm position is elevated and offers superb visibility to the f/wd boarding area giving the helmsman the ultimate control of the vessel and its surroundings. The helm position features twin CAB hydraulic sprung seats and an ergonomic steering position with all controls falling easily to hand and the navigation instruments and electronics flush mounted in a large helm console.
In all respects the Wildcat is engineered to the highest standards, the electrical installation is fully marinised and carried out by experienced marine electricians, the vessel is typically very highly specified, featuring a 9kw generator providing 240v throughout the vessel. A very comprehensive navigation suite from Furuno, with twin scanner high definition radar, GPS, all displayed on multiple 17” screens, Talk back deck communication, autopilot and onboard Wi Fi. High definition CCTV records boarding and aft cockpit operations. Aft, twin dive platforms at the transom of each hull give waterline access through transom gates, and the well decked aft cockpit features a Palfinger crane and a large clear cargo area.
Typical machinery installation is Scania D16 750hp engines, although any manufacturer can be accommodated, Caterpillar C18, Volvo D16 or larger MAN & MTU engines. Ultra Dynamics 451 Jet drive with full Joystic control or Conventional stern gear which is fully protected by a deep moulded keel.
The bow area has been designed to accommodate a specially developed fender system from Ocean 3. The fender design is of high density foam core 500m x 400mm to cushion impacts and stresses in the bow. The fender is retained by straps in a grove moulded into the bow, thereby capable of being quickly changed in the event of damage and is interchangeable to feature either a flat bow or a fender with a nipple incorporated. No stranger to building exceptionally strong GRP hulls, the Wildcat 53 has the same heavy duty scantlings as their renowned pilot boats which are often subject to severe impacts in rough weather, this produces a vessel that can withstand tough use in the harsh windfarm support vessel environment. GRP provides many benefits, being a homogeneous structure it is very strong, it gives a high standard of external finish with the advantage of zero maintenance, it is easily repaired and perfectly compliments Safehaven’s graceful design, resulting in a very striking vessel.
sland Panther, Island shipping's 2nd vessel incorporated a number of upgrades to her specification over the first vessel to enhance her functionality in her windfarm support role, most notable being the incorporation of a dedicated fuel and water transfer system with additional fuel capacity totaling 5,000 litres of fuel and 1,000 litres of water. The fuel transfer system features separate reels with 50m of hose stored in the fore peak, these pump fuel / water under 5 bar from high capacity 240v pumps, allowing the vessel to refuel generators / water tanks on the windfarm platforms up to 40-50m above water.