Compmillennia, Washington, N.C., designed, built, and delivered the 41'x13' Lightspeed 1188 catamaran composite cored pilot boat Miami to the Biscayne Bay Pilots Association. Designed with a 2' draft, the shipyard calls the boat a fast, reliable, economical offshore pilot boat.

“Compmillennia’s mission is to produce a small catamaran to compete with larger V-bottom center consoles in open water, but with a much friendlier fuel consumption,” said Compmillennia’s Stephanie Tenney. “Larger V-bottoms need a lot of engine horsepower to push their 22-foot to 39-foot length along the waterline, and more horsepower equals more weight, more cost, larger vehicles to tow and more fuel.”

The Miami employs a captain who can haul up to six pilots at a time.

Main propulsion comes from twin Mercury 300-hp Sea Pro outboards with Mercury’s Enert ECO 16"x20" stainless steel props, giving the boat a running speed of 45 knots. The boat is also fitted with Mercury controls and an Optimus 360 steering system.

The Mercs are fed from a 424-gal. fuel tank.

“Our mission is achieved with the Lightspeed catamaran,” said Tenney. “Less horsepower is required, less weight, greater fuel economy and our trademark smoother ride.”

Ken Hocke has been the senior editor of WorkBoat since 1999. He was the associate editor of WorkBoat from 1997 to 1999. Prior to that, he was the editor of the Daily Shipping Guide, a transportation daily in New Orleans. He has written for other publications including The Times-Picayune. He graduated from Louisiana State University with an arts and sciences degree, with a concentration in English, in 1978.

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