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South Boats floats first of class

26-metre Intrepid launched for Seacat Services features optimised hull design

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Wind farm service vessel manufacturer South Boats IoW has launched its first of class South Cat 26-metre model for Seacat Services.

Seacat Intrepid (pictured) is the result of studies that led to optimised hull design and the company said the platform “promises to deliver a new benchmark” on performance.

She has a beam of 9.2 metres and an operational displacement of around 80 tonnes and South Boats said significantly better wind turbine access performance and lower fuel burn rates have been verified on initial sea trials.

“Commitment to custom technical innovation and the highest possible build quality

is what, we believe, will continue to differentiate British boat builders from competitors across Europe and further afield in the developing Asian market,’’ said South Boats IoW spokesman Ben Colman.

Seacat Intrepid is the first of two sister vessels for Seacat Services with Seacat Courageous slated for delivery in early 2015. A third vessel is in build for as yet an undisclosed operator.

Image: South Boats IoW

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