Home' Ausmarine : February 2010 Contents Naiad has just launched the first two of three identical boats
being built for three units of Coastguard New Zealand -- Bay of
Islands, Kawau, and Waiheke.
The boats are a new design from Naiad, building on their long
experience both with rescue boats and jets in a variety of
commercial and military applications. The key design objective has
been to deliver a twin diesel jet in an economical
package but still with plenty of working cockpit space, a large
lock-up cabin with proper seats for four crew, forward cabin for
storage, and well-deck. And all this without compromising handling,
ride, and speed. This new Naiad design hits the button on all counts!
The boats have an aggressive, no-nonsense look about them
with the forward-raked windscreen and Naiad's trademark
Power is from twin Yanmar 6LPA 232kW diesels, driving
through Twin Disc MG5020 gearboxes to Hamilton 274 jets. The
boat accelerates well, hitting 30 knots in 12 seconds on the way to
a top speed of 36 knots (fully loaded). Cruise speed is a comfortable
30 knots. Fuel capacity of 615 litres gives a range (with reserves) of
over 200 nautical miles.
The boats handle most impressively. With the typical Naiad
deep vee hull with fine entry they slice nicely through the chop
and land comfortably when encountering bigger seas. On delivery
of one of the boats in 25 to 30 knots of wind and 1.0m to 1.5m
seas the boat comfortably cruised at 30 knots.
The cockpit is an impressively large work area. There is ample
space for crew to safely work down both sides of the engine box --
in many ways that is the key to making this boat work so well. The
engine box itself has storage built-in for lines, pump hoses and the
like, and the entire box hinges forward to 90 degrees giving
excellent access to the engines and jets. The fire/salvage pump is
stored in a special cockpit locker, and the 100-metre long towrope
(20mm diameter) fits easily in its dedicated locker immediately
under the substantial transom towpost.
Entering the main cabin the immediate impression is one of
space and excellent all-round visibility. There are four dedicated
crew positions, with both positions on the port side being
substantial nav/com stations. The aft nav/comm station is typically
the skipper's "command position". Non-reflective cabin finishes
are used throughout.
The small forward cabin has seating on one side (with toilet),
and the other side is storage, which Naiad customises to each
operator's requirements. A large cabin hatch provides safe access
to the forward well deck for anchoring, handling lines, or
transferring personnel. A forward flush deck is an option which
will be attractive to operators who regularly cross harbour or
Although each of the boats has different electronics, all
three are impressive setups. Large multi-function displays are
at three of the crew positions, plus backup sounder system
A trio of new-design Naiads
'Naiad 10.2m Rescue Twin Jet'
February 2010 AUSMARINE
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