Naiad 12.6m Twin Outboard
Speed and low capital cost are two great reasons to go with outboards. Even on a 12.6m craft outboards provide plenty of power and control.
In 2005 Port Nelson Limited purchased a Naiad 12.6 Pilot vessel, having satisfied themselves in the ability of Naiads. For them it was an interesting step to move into this reasonably new concept.
They chose to use twin four-stroke outboards following the success of Naiad’s 9.5 Pilot Boats in Hawaii. For a Pilot Boat, blade area is all important for grip at boarding speeds. Prop diameters of 14 ½” on a twin rig is just not enough on a 12.6 metre boat, so the choice was made to use twin Suzuki 250hp outboards that have a gear reduction that allows a 16” prop to be used.
The result was brilliant. The Suzuki’s are powerful, quiet and efficient; giving dynamic and agile control with no fatigue. Top speed is a respectable 40 knots and was able to cruise at speeds well in excess of what was required. Over the first 24 hours 1000 litres of fuel were used averaging 20.8 litres per hour for each engine.
The Nelson Pilots quickly became used to their new boat and are delighted with the results as they can now offer a competitive and highly efficient Pilotage service.