Naiad Newport begins Naiad's Ninth 15m Pilot Boat
Naiad's 15m Pilot boat is proving to be a very popular model. Naiad's USA licensee, Naiad Newport, has recently begun construction on the ninth incarnation of this design for a USA client. The previous eight of these vessels are operating, and were built, in New Zealand (one), Australia (one), and China (six).
Power for this vessel will be from twin Scania DI13 700hp engines hooked up to a shaft drive arrangement. Topsides it will look very similar to the other Naiad 15m Pilot boats, with the walk-around cabin, specially designed handrail system and foam fenders.
The photo below shows the frame and stringer construction method that Naiad uses to achieve it's world renown durability. This will be one impressive boat to see when it hits the water later this year.