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14m Pilot Boat Design

14m Pilot

Designed to meet the most demanding search & rescue requirements in all sea states

The Berthon 14m Pilotage vessel incorporates the hull designs of Peter Eyre; the Naval Architect responsible for the RNLI’s highly acclaimed Shannon class all-weather lifeboat and developed specifically to meet the needs of Pilot boat operators around the world.

The hull form has been optimised for outstanding rough weather operation whilst providing a steady, dependable platform for pilot transfer and extended operation times. Pilot transfer ergonomics are at the heart of the design process in order to provide a safe and reliable platform for 24/7 operation. The Coxwain is afforded excellent visibility of the pilot during the transfer evolution with generous, well-placed windows and a coach-roof design offering visibility right down to the pilots footing on the deck. An uncluttered transfer space and a wide side deck offer the Pilot the highest level of security.


  • Constructed from advanced composite materials; providing an exceptionally strong structure, and a damage and corrosion resistant craft.
  • Fully self-righting, with systems designed to cope with inversion.
  • Unique, proven hull design for superior seakeeping in all sea states. Able to maintain high speeds in adverse sea conditions.
  • Reduced hull slamming and advanced shock mitigation seating.
  • Advanced wheelhouse climate control systems allow full operational deployment, even in extreme conditions.
  • Spacious wheelhouse with ample space for comfortable crew and pilot seating arrangement.
  • Large wheelhouse windows, making boarding operations safer.
  • Twin water jets deliver superior shallow water capability and exceptional manoeuvrability. Increased control better enables casualty transfer operations in demanding conditions.
  • Uncluttered large foredeck for pilot transfer with large clear aft deck for cargo transfer.
  • Direct shipping of machinery through aft deck hatches for reduced through-life costs.

14m Pilot

Technical Specifications

Optional equipment*
Subject to specification**

Principal Dimensions

Length: 14.6m
Beam: 4.5m
Speed:** 40kts
Range:** 300nm at 25kts
Tank Capacity Fuel:** 2500l
Tank Capacity Fresh Water:** 60l
Classification: DNV, Hull Structure HSLC & NSC

Additional Equipment

Stabilised thermal imaging*
High output searchlight*
External conning position
VHF direction finder*
Casualty salvage pump*
Fire pump*
Towing capability*

Medical (Additional Option)

Rescue stretcher*
Casualty treatment area*
Oxygen & Entonox equipment*
Advanced first aid kit*

Awareness Systems 

Integrated tactical display*
Navigation inputs *
Stabilised thermal imaging*
CCTV inputs*
Machinery status inputs*
External data inputs*

Navigation Systems

Integrated bridge system*
Radar GPS compass*
Magnetic compass
Echo sounder

Communication Systems

VHF radio Intercom (wireless)*
VHF secondary radio*
Intercom VHF Integration*
VHF secure comms*
Intercom GSM Integration*
Satellite comms*
Satellite secure comms*
VHF handheld* AIS *

Wheelhouse fit−out

Shock mitigating seating
Air conditioning/heating*
Large wheelhouse windows
Overhead fwd windows
Helm console
Commander console*
Mechanic console*
Water boiler*
Chilled cabinet*

Below deck fit−out

Operational equipment stowage
Water boiler*
Heads compartment*
Marine WC*

Hull & Deck

Dual density elastomeric fender
Large aft working deck
Safety rails (Hadrian)*
Towing bollard
Towing fairlead/aft rails
Dual density elastomeric fender
Side keels (enable beaching)


Engines:** High perf. marine diesel up to 800 Hp Drive & steering:**
Hamilton 364 water jets Trim:**
Electro mechanical Generator:**
Onan Marine Generator

14m Pilot

Meet the Designer14m Pilot

Introducing Peter Eyre, the naval architect of the Berthon 14m design.

Tell us a little about your background?

I grew up in the North West of Ireland, a truly amazing place with a spectacular coastline and, I think, some of the best sailing waters around. At an early age I spent much of my time on or by the water and became fascinated with all forms of water sports.

I moved to England to study Ship Science at the University of Southampton where I completed my masters degree. In that time I immersed myself in the yacht racing scene on the Solent and also spent a summer working for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution on a design engineer placement.

That placement opened my eyes to the amazing work the RNLI do and I was sure that I wanted to make a career in lifeboat design. I stuck to my guns and before long I had created the hull form for the new class of lifeboat, the Shannon class, and went on to lead the engineering team responsible for detailed design and development of the class.

I have since set up Peter Eyre Marine Design Limited and am involved in a range of very interesting design projects including the Berthon 14m.

What was the process you followed to create the Berthon 14m?

Every commission is different and in this case Berthon, a company with such long-standing experience had a very strong and detailed understanding of their requirements. This coupled with a clear intent to innovate and not settle for 2nd best was a great starting point. We have worked together in a collaborative environment which has allowed for an incredible wealth of design and practical knowledge to be poured into this project.

I feel strongly that emphasis in design must be placed on the people, the crew who will operate the vessel. Almost every decision made at the early stages of design has the potential to drastically affect the safety or comfort of the occupants in one way or another, so my design process puts human factors at its centre.

It is important to begin with a firm grip of the key design parameters such as length to beam ratio and other scale relationships which determine size, speed, weight and cost, these set up the initial design space. From there the key elements of the design are introduced such as the concept hull form, the functional layout, propulsion and the production processes. Often referred to as the design spiral, gradually the design becomes more and more detailed, better informed and with a greater level of refinement. Step by step the design converges towards the finished article.

What do you think are the most important aspects for this type of vessel?

Its hard to single out one thing, but the ability to keep the crew safe in a wide range of sea conditions including the very roughest is vital and largely if that can be achieved all else falls into place.

Seakeeping often determines the actual worth of a commercial vessel, not just the ability to maintain a high speed in steep seas, but to be able to do so for prolonged periods in a controllable and predictable manner.

And finally, what do you get up to when you’re not designing the latest vessel?

Thankfully my passion for the sea is very much still alive so you might find me sailing my RS 200 dinghy, or kitesurfing trying to master the art of hydro foiling somewhere along the south coast.14m Pilot

14m Pilot