Safehaven Sails for Seawork Again

Orca displays the elegant lines and fine sea keeping common to all Safehaven Marine designs. Orca displays the elegant lines and fine sea keeping common to all Safehaven Marine designs.
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Crossing the Irish Sea again for Seawork 2005 will be Cork based Safehaven Marine . The 37th and most recent boat to be launched by the company is Orca , their 10th Interceptor 42, built for Angus Campbell of the Isle of Harris in Scotland.

The boat will be used to carry passengers throughout the isles as well as for angling, sight seeing and charter diving work.

Angus Campbell took delivery of Orca last month and sailed from Cork in typically poor weather, a south westerly force 5-6 deteriorating to force 7 by the time he reached Kilkeel in Northern Ireland 11 hours later.

The next morning he set off for Scotland across the North Channel, encountering 40 knot winds, gale force 9 and 4m to 5m seas.

Despite these conditions the boat maintained a speed of 17 knots.

Upon entering his home port, Angus Campbell phoned Safehaven's Frank Kowalski to say, 'We're used to big seas but weren't sure how the boat would behave, but she was excellent and gave us great confidence in her sea keeping.'

The Interceptor 42 features a deep 'V' hull with twin chine and a deep, full length keel.

Outstanding sea keeping is coupled with good performance, a dry ride and graceful lines. The general arrangement maximises seating in the main cabin, with seating modules for four passengers and vertical hand holds providing security in rough weather. There are six berths in two cabins, a full galley and a head compartment, both accessed from the aft cockpit. Despite the wealth of creature comforts, there is still a large, flush aft deck and a wide door on the port side of the aft cockpit enables wheelchair access.

Orca is powered by a single Caterpillar C12 diesel supplied by Mc Cormack Mc Naughton.

Rated at 700hp, it turns a 26in diameter four blade propeller running in a tunnel, allowing a very low shaft angle of 80 for maximum thrust and a top speed of 29 knots for the 10,000kg displacement craft. Of even greater importance for the operator is a very economical cruising speed of 17 knots at only 1,600rpm and a fast cruise of 25 knots only taking the engine speed to 2,000rpm.

The Caterpillar C12 is also completely smoke free due to its electronic engine management system and its low height enables the flush deck engine installation.

The vessel is fitted with a comprehensive array of navigation and communication electronics, including Furuno 48nm radar, 10in colour chart plotter and GPS plus a Simrad autopilot.

Orca complies with the MCA 60nm code.

The vessel's designer Frank Kowalski said, 'The Interceptor 42 is particularly suited to large single engine installations as her deep keel allows her to turn the essential large diameter propeller and her wide beam resists prop torque.'

MJ Information No: 20444

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