New Virginia Pilot Boat Delivered With Advanced Interceptor System
The newest Virginia Pilot Association boat is equipped with an advanced interceptor system from Humphree USA to stabilize the boat and provide a smooth ride for the crew and passengers. The 55-ft. Chesapeake-class pilot launch, christened Hampton Roads, was designed by C. Raymond Hunt Associates and built by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, and it was delivered to the Virginia Pilot Association this summer.
The transom-mounted Humphree electric-powered interceptors deploy retractable blades that adjust automatically to create lift that counteracts the vessel’s roll and pitch motions. The fast response times of the interceptor blades ensure a smooth stable ride, which results in better maneuverability and improved fuel efficiency. The boat uses Humphree’s active trim, list and turn controls to improve performance and reduce fuel consumption. —Humphree USA