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Thunder Child at Mayo Re-Fuelling Stop

5th July 2017
Even after the wind has eased, the leftover sea will frequently have Thunder Child airborne as she strives for maximum speed. Even after the wind has eased, the leftover sea will frequently have Thunder Child airborne as she strives for maximum speed.

Safehaven Marine’s Frank Kowalski and his team on the Rockall-rounding challenger Thunder Child are closing in on their vital refuelling pit-stop at Broadhaven in Mayo, and expect to be at Ballyglass Pier about now, as their speed has gone up to 45 knots.

Conditions going to and from Rockall were at times distinctly bumpy. Although the wind has fallen light, Thunder Child’s speed is such that a moderate leftover sea state can frequently cause her to be airborne. Even with the very special shock-absorbing seats in the air-conditioned crew module, an almighty thump now and again is inevitable.

Despite this, her distance recorded at 26 hours and 40 minutes is 1560 kilometres, and once re-fuelling is completed, she will proceed with what is expected to be increasing speed towards completing the circuit at the Old Head of Kinsale.

Thunderchild crew2The Thunderchild crew on the current Round Rockall & Ireland Challenge are (left to right) Peter Gurgul, Ian Brownlee, Ciaran Monks, Frank Kowalski, Mary Power and Carl Randalls

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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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