At Baltic Workboats US we are asked this question all the time: what is the best pilot boat, patrol boat or search and rescue SAR boat for sale in the USA? Well, for us the answer is simple: a wave-piercing hull, that is highly maneuverable and self-righting, while maintaining control and stability in the toughest ocean conditions. The best pilot boats or workboats have to be: lightweight, fuel efficient and integrate the latest technology inside the wheelhouse and in the engine room for high performance propulsion, yet low vibration, low noise and reliable.
When first designing a new hull for a pilot boat, Baltic Workboats US integrate all of these features and develop solutions for harbor pilots, police, customs and marine professionals around their specifications. It all starts with detailed consultation and identifying needs for their specific use, climate, regulations and business goals. The best pilot boats will eventually save money on the bottom line by being fuel efficient and extremely reliable with no demanding maintenance or repairs. These ideals are brought to reality by our naval architects office, then prototyped, tested and produced without compromising any of these factors. Let us dive in to what makes the best pilot boat, patrol boat, search and rescue SAR boats on oceans around the world.
Wave-Piercing Bow Design
A wave-piercing bow design allows a pilot boat, patrol boat or SAR boat to slice through waves without creating large vertical accelerations as you would find in a traditional hull form. While it might seem like a simple concept, not many pilot boat manufacturers offer this advanced design. An added benefit is a longer water line length which also increases stability and efficiency. The top surface of the bow creates downforce when submerged and compensates for the buoyancy of the bow this helps to reduce pitching motions. Overall, the wave-piercing hull results in a smoother ride for captain and crew allowing them to focus on their duties. The wave-piercing design integrated into Baltic Workboats Pilot boats and SAR boats reduces vertical acceleration by 40-percent as tested in side-by-side comparisons with similarly sized traditional hull forms and a proven 30-percent reduction in fuel economy. A savings in fuel consumption is good for everyone, the environment and certainly the bottom line of any business.
Pilot Boat Performance and Safety
The Baltic Workboats US wave-piercing series hull design has been tested in some of the most extreme sea conditions in oceans around the world. The wave-piercing bow is extremely deep yet slender, which allows for high speed, extreme maneuverability and high fuel efficiency. The extreme maneuverability of the WP-Series is among the best available in a workboat hull being able to turn completely around 180-degrees in only four boat lengths at full speed. The WP-series is also an extremely safe hull considering it doesn’t lose control in high seas, should a once in a lifetime dangerous ocean condition arise, these hulls are completely self-righting. Baltic Workboats has tested these righting capabilities here in this test video and although the crew will be in for a wild ride, the self-righting hull will fully recover and will be making headway again in seconds.
Best Pilot Boat Propulsion Systems
The best propulsion choice for any pilot boat, patrol boat or SAR boat is the one you make. At Baltic Workboats US, we offer a wide variety of engine options and configurations: We can work with any engine manufacturer and drive configuration, whether fixed pitch propellers, jet drives or IPS. All of our designs have options to meet or exceed your performance needs. Look around the Baltic Workboats US fleet at all of the options for: engines, gearboxes, propellers and jet drives for our entire workboat fleet meeting desired power, speed and fuel efficiency requirements.
Pilot Boats with Low Vibration and Low Noise
Besides our advanced wave-piercing self-righting hulls, at Baltic Workboats US crew comfort is our forte, the engine room design and insulation technology offers incredibly low levels of noise and vibration. These hulls are so quiet, passengers aboard have questioned whether the engines were actually running in the WP-1500 while stationed at the Port Everglades Pilots dock. The Baltic Workboats US team has developed an advanced insulation and interior assembly making it the best low-vibration and low-noise pilot boat for sale today. The maximum noise levels have been tested at high speeds on rough seas and we offer vessels that can operate at only 55 decibels doing 34 knots, that is is about as loud as an average kitchen refrigerator with no extreme transmission of vibration into your wheelhouse. It might be a strange feeling to ride in such a smooth workboat, but the work day will certainly be easier when it rides like a luxury yacht, or better.
What is a Double Chine Hull?
The double chine hull is found on all of the best workboats and the Baltic Workboats US double chine hull design is integrated in everything we produce. The double chine maintains supreme sea-keeping abilities and ultra smooth ride while producing minimum water spray. We offer the best double chine design available providing the utmost seaworthy performance, while preventing ocean spray and minimizing ‘green water’ on deck affecting both the safety and visibility of the captain and crew. Our durable hulls maintain strength for over 10,000 contacts and continue operation in up to 4-inches of crushed ice.
Pilot Boat Wheelhouse Design
At Baltic Workboats US, we have developed a unique wheelhouse design for all of our pilot, patrol and SAR boats. The aim of the advanced wheelhouse design is to create a safe working environment both inside and out. The Baltic wheelhouse offers nearly 360-degree visibility and was developed in collaboration with leading nautical experts from several countries. Inside, the captain has a perfect center position with uninterrupted views of the deck and boarding areas with upper skylight windows to keep a clear vision of the cruise ship or cargo ship towering above them. All Baltic Workboats US wheelhouse designs are securely mounted to withstand hard impacts and as mentioned the self-righting capabilities of these hulls ensure safety of the captain and crew at all times in all conditions.
Why Buy a Baltic Workboats US Pilot Boat?
For all the reasons above and our effort to provide many photos, videos, data and test results for the performance of Baltic Workboats around the world, they almost sell themselves. Our professionals here in the United States are ready to answer your questions about our fleet in both English and Spanish. We understand that to see, feel touch our product in a tactile sense is important and for that reason Baltic Workboats US located in sunny Florida is ready for your sea trial today.