SWAPA awards pilot boat build to Kvichak

SEATTLE - Kvichak Marine Industries, based here, announced this week it has been awarded a contract to build a 50'x15'6" pilot vessel for the Southwest Alaska Pilots Association (SWAPA). SWAPA provides pilotage service in the coastal areas of South Central Alaska.

Designed by Kvichak Marine, the all-aluminum vessel will be powered by twin Caterpillar C18 ACERT tier II engines each rated for 715 hp coupled to Twin Disc MGX-5135SC marine gears turning Hamilton 364 waterjets. This combination is designed to allow for excellent maneuverability and a top speed of about 32 knots. The vessel will have a Wing hybrid fendering system.

Delivery is scheduled for June.


Overall length: 52.3'

Beam, overall: 15'6"

Draft (RFS): 2.75'

Fuel capacity: 500 gallons

Top speed: ~32 knots

Integrated navigation system

Northern Lights 20-kW generator

Climate controlled pilot house

2 crew and 4 passengers

Deck heating

Wing hybrid fendering system 

Handrail heating