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‘Practicos Coruna Ochno’ built in Cork for Northern Spain duty
Specialist Pilot boat builders Safehaven Marine of Cork, have launched a new Interceptor 48 pilot boat for the Port of Coruna in Northern Spain. ‘Practicos Coruna Ochno’ is powered by a pair of Volvo D13 500hp continuously rated engines and…
Thunderchild II at the Fastnet Rock and onher way to a new  World Record
Frank Kowalski's Safehaven Marine in County Cork set a new World powerboat record for Cork - Fastnet Rock – Cork yesterday, averaging 44.6 knots and here the Safehaven skipper reviews his record-breaking run. As Afloat reported earlier, Safehaven Marine set…
Thunder Child II - According to skipper Frank Kowalski, 'she ran great throughout her record breaking run to the Fastnet Rock'
County Cork boat builder Safehaven Marine set a new record for an over 50ft vessel from Cork–Fastnet-Cork in its Thunder Child II vessel this afternoon. Crossing the start line off Weavers Point Cork Harbour at 2.00 pm, skipper Frank Kowalski…
Thunderchild II Cork Fastnet-Cork UIM Powerboat World Record BI Underway (Track HERE!)
County Cork boat builder Safehaven Marine is making a bid at the over 50ft vessel Cork–Fastnet-Cork UIM Powerboat World record in its Thunder Child II. Crossing the start line off Weavers Point Cork Harbour at 2.00 pm, skipper Frank Kowalski…
Thunderchild II at the Corryvreckan whirlpool
Cork Harbour Boat manufacturer Safehaven Marine undertook an 800nm four-day cruise in Thunder Child II to Scotland, living off the boat to visit a place called the Gulf of Corryvreckan. A pretty wild yet beautiful place writes Thunderchild's skipper, Frank…
Thunderchild II in the Corryvreckan whirlpool off the West Coast of Scotland. The whirlpool which forms at the right state of the tide is the third largest in the world
It’s not often a record-breaker visits Bangor but Safehaven Marine’s Managing Director Frank Kowalski, who set the Round Ireland and Rockall Record in the original 17 metre XSV 17 demonstrator Thunder Child in 2017, brought his striking yellow hulled Thunder…
Thunderchild II on the hoist at Crosshaven Boatyard this week; a planned 2020 transatlantic record bid is now on hold
Safehaven Marine's Frank Kowalski has announced that his planned Trans-Atlantic record attempt this year in Thunder Child II has been postponed. Speculation mounted this week when the asymmetrical catamaran was lifted out of the water in Cork Harbour that it…
Thunderchild II is lifted by the special boat hoist at Crosshaven Boatyard in Cork Harbour
The fully refurbished Thunderchild II was on the hoist at Crosshaven Boatyard in Cork Harbour yesterday, fuelling speculation that she is preparing for a new world record transatlantic crossing? As regular Afloat readers will know, the record bid for the…
Safehaven Marine's Interceptor 42 pilot boat for the port of San Ciprian
Safehaven Marine have launched ‘San Cibrao’, an Interceptor 42 pilot boat for the port of San Ciprian in Spain. San Cibrao is the 14th pilot 42 model built and the 43rd Pilot vessel Safehaven Marine have delivered to ports worldwide…
Safehaven Marine’s pilot vessel for the Port of San Cirpian takes to the water on Tuesday 19 May
Safehaven Marine has emerged from ‘lockdown’ with the launch of its new pilot boat for the Port of San Ciprian in Spain. The Cork-based performance boat specialists put production on pause at the end of March, following strict Government restrictions…
MD Frank Kowalski and his Safehaven Marine team exercising the State’s recommended physical distancing measures for a safer workplace last month
New restrictions prompted by Covid-19 require new ways of working for Irish businesses, and until the most recent measures announced by the Government, Safehaven Marine in Cork was among those rising to the challenge. The performance boatbuilder spread out its production…
The new Interceptor 48 for San Juan in Puerto Rico
Safehaven Marine’s pilot boat for Puerto Rico has undergone sea trials off the Cork coast ahead of delivery — and Thunder Child II was with it in the swell to capture the action (also caught from above by drone — see…
Thunder Child II on the water during Storm Brendan on Monday 13 January
Safehaven Marine put Thunder Child II to the test against the might of Storm Brendan yesterday — showing just how well the wave-piercing powerboat can handle the roughest elements at sea. Sea trials for the XSV20 design began a year ago…
The new Interceptor 48 pilot boat during sea trials
Safehaven Marine have delivered an Interceptor 48 pilot boat to Fonnes Batservice of Norway. As Afloat previously reported when the order was placed over a year ago, the new Pilot boat is Safehaven’s 41st pilot boat delivered and the 16th Interceptor…
The new XSV20, Safehaven, put through its paces during stormy August sea trials in Cork
Safehaven Marine has shared a video of the recent delivery of its latest XSV20, named Safehaven, to its owner Jack Setton from Cork to Sardinia. Safehaven was commissioned by and built for Jack Setton, a well-known name in the superyacht…
Dalmore and Safehaven undergoing sea trials recently
Safehaven Marine have shared new video from rough weather sea trials for its latest pilot boat, Dalmore, as well as its new XSV20 named Safehaven. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Dalmore is an Interceptor 48 — the 15th of this…

About Safehaven Marine 

Safehaven Marine are designers and builders of FRP Pilot boats, Patrol boats, Crew transfer vessels, Hydrographic survey catamarans, Naval & Military craft and unique custom private motor yachts. All our vessels are built to the highest standards of strength & engineering and are renowned worldwide for their exceptional sea-keeping abilities, we set a new World long-range speed record in 2017 with our own vessel and crew. Established in 1996 we have built over 138 vessels supplied to 27 countries worldwide with over 40 pilot vessels in operation globally, and have become leaders in our field.

Based in Youghal, Co Cork Ireland, Safehaven manufacture our vessels from two modern factories, with all design work carried out in house, and built with our own experienced team of engineers, carpenters, electricians, shipwrights and laminators.

Always at the forefront of new technology and designs we continuously develop our range and push the frontiers of design: In 2020 we aim to set a UIM Transatlantic World record with our unique (patent applied for) new 22m high-speed vessel XSV20

Interceptor 42 pilot boat

The Pilot 42 model built by Safehaven Marine has been delivered to ports worldwide and has proved to be a superb sea boat performing admirably in pilotage operations with all owners extolling its virtues of seakeeping, strength and stability.

L.O.A. (Length overall) 13.2m

L.W.L. (Length along waterline) 11.5m

Length moulded (GRP hull only) 12.7

Beam Moulded (GRP only ex fender) 4.0m

Beam overall (Including fenders) 4.4m

Draft (Depth of hull below waterline) 1.35m

Displacement Lightship 14,500kg

Fully loaded 16,000kg

Fuel capacity 1600 litres

Water capacity 110 litres

Crew capacity 5 persons

Engines Volvo D9 425hp

Gearboxes ZF325

Subdivision 4 x separate watertight compartments

Crew capacity 1-2 crew plus 3- 4 pilots

Classification PRS

Speed 23.5kts fully loaded

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