Berthon Boat Company has been building boats since 1877. In recent years, Berthon has built over 35 all weather self-righting lifeboats for the RNLI along with a number of Pilot, Patrol and Survey vessels for other commercial workboat clients. Using the experiences gained in these demanding environments, Berthon has developed a range of designs with Peter Eyre, naval architect of the Shannon Class Lifeboat, to provide unrivalled sea keeping ability to meet any current requirement.
Speed: 32 kts
Bollard Pull: 3.5T
Tank Capacity Fuel: 2000l
Tank Capacity Fresh Water: 25l
Classification: DNV Hull Structure HSLC & NSC
Shock Mitigating Crew Seats
Large Wheelhouse Windows for increased visibility
Meet the Designer
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.