The 56-foot Richmond features Volvo Penta IPS propulsion and Humphree interceptors
The Virginia Pilot Association has taken delivery of a Chesapeake-class MK II launch from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, the pilots’ ninth boat built by the Somerset, Mass., shipyard since 1983.
Since the Chesapeake-class pilot boat was introduced by Gladding-Hearn in 2003, 22 boats have been delivered to 11 pilot associations throughout the United States.
The Virginia pilots’ MK II launch, Richmond, incorporates the performance benefits of Volvo Penta’s IPS three-pod system and Humphree interceptors. “The combination of the Volvo Penta IPS system and the Humphree interceptors produces lower sound levels and improved comfort and higher speed, while burning about 25 percent less fuel,” said Peter Duclos, the shipyard’s president.
A Humphree interceptor trim control system, with its automatic trim optimization, automatic list control, and coordinated turn control functions are installed at the transom.