Looking for a visual example of seaworthiness?
These two videos of Interceptor 55 pilot/patrol boats running in wind and seas described by builder Safehaven Marine as Force 10 and Force 11 are good examples of well-found, all-weather vessels handling what can modestly be described as boisterous conditions.
The footage of the 16-meter pilot boats was taken during winters off Cork, Ireland.
Click play to watch Pathfinder in Force 10 seas.
Click play to watch an Interceptor 55 in Force 11 seas.
What are the elements of a seaworthy boat? They are smartly designed, well-built and resistant to capsizing and sinking. They have reliable power, are capable of relatively high speeds in rough water, have good steering control and the ability to accelerate quickly, and more. Look for a special report on seamanship and safety in the July issue of Soundings.
Pilot boats, of course, are among the most seaworthy craft you’ll find on coastal waters. In this country, C. Raymond Hunt Associates designs a line of a rugged, fast, deep-vee pilot boats.