The Mobile Bar Pilots have taken delivery of the DIXEY!, the newly built Chesapeak Class pilot boat from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation.
The all aluminum pilot boat stretches 53.6 ft. with a draft of 4.8 ft. and comes in a C. Raymond Hunt-designed Deep-V hull. Twin Catapillar C-18 diesel engines, each providing 671 Bhp at 2100 rpm, enable the boat to cut through the water at a top speed of 27 knots. A Humphree interceptor trim-tab control system was installed at the transom. The DIXEY! has a diesel capacity of 800 gallons which reportedly provides a range of at least 400 miles at a speed of 20 knots.
"This boat gives us some flexibility in tougher conditions," said Captain Chris Brock, president of the Mobile Bar Pilots. "The ride and quality of craftsmanship are unbelievable. We're ready to build another one!"
The engines turn five-blade NiBrAl propellers via Twin Disc MGX-5135A Quickshiift gears. The launch is equipped with a 9kW Northern Lights EPA Tier 3-compliant genset. The wheelhouse is flush-mounted to the deck amidship and feature forward-leaning front windows. Inside are six cozy Llebrock seats and a bag rack. Two 15,000 Btu air-conditioning units provide a comfortable environment. The forecastle includes a settee and safety gear storage. Outside the wheelhouse are wide side decks, side and rear doors, and boarding platforms on the roof - port and starboard on the foredeck, At the transom is a winch-operated, rotating davit over a recessed platform for rescue operations.