October 23, 2022
CompmillennialWashington, NC designed, built and delivered the 41’x13′ Lightspeed 1188 catamaran composite core pilot boat Miami to Biscayne Bay Pilots Association last summer. Designed with a 2′ draft, the shipyard calls the boat a fast, reliable and 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 much more fuel economy friendliness,” said Stephanie Tenney of Compmillennia. “Larger V-bottoms need a lot of engine power to push their 22ft length to 39ft along the waterline, and more power equals more weight, more cost, bigger vehicles to tow and more fuel.”
The Miami employs a captain who can carry up to six pilots at a time.
Main propulsion comes from the twin Mercury 300 hp Sea Pro outboard with Mercury Enert ECO 16″x20″ stainless steel propellers, giving the boat a running speed of 45 knots. The boat is also equipped with Mercury controls and an Optimus 360 steering system.
The Mercs are powered from a 424-gal. petrol tank.
“Our mission is accomplished with the Lightspeed catamaran,” Tenney said. “Less power is needed, less weight, better fuel economy and our trademark smoother ride.”