UK boat builder Blyth Workcats has launched a new 17m workboat design, expanding its model range.
For the 17m High Bridge design, the company relocated the wheel house onto a second upper deck and expects the boat to be used by wind farm support vessel operators.
The new design provides the cost benefits of the original Blyth workboat combined with additional cabin space and enhanced forward visibility for both crew and passengers, according to the company.
Designed to provide the offshore energy sector with a robust workboat, the vessel is the largest boat to be built at the Essex, UK boatyard.
Equipped with two MAN D2848 750hp engines, the workboat will use 130 litres per hour per engine at its maximum speed of 26+ knots and 79 litres per hour at a speed of 20 knots.
The Blyth 17-metre High Bridge will have a length of 17.40m, hull beam of 5.95m, overall beam of 6.3 / 6.4m and nominal draught of 1m.
Blyth said the balance of fine hull entry and chines will create a hull that will enable better performance at different speeds and sea conditions while offering good fuel economy carrying loads of around three tonnes.
The new workboat adds to an existing range of 10m, 11m, 12m and 14m Blyth catamarans that are built for wind farm support, surveying, dive support, passenger ferry, fishing charter and other workboat tasks.