Kingston Mouldings Kingston Mouldings
Kingston Mouldings
Kingston Mouldings

Hull Length:890mm (35") Beam:280mm (11") Scale:1/16th
This is a scale model of a twin-screw high-speed pilot launch, many examples of which have been built by the well-known Dutch shipbuilding company Damen Shipyards. Boats very similar to this one can be seen in service in ports all around Europe, as well as farther afield. A boat of this type was built for the French Pilotage Authority at Le Havre, and this vessel is shown in the third photo below. Exactly the same basic medium-vee hull is used by Damen as the basis for a wide variety of fast crew tenders, customs and police launches, and fast fishing boats. This means that our standard hull can be used to model a very wide variety of commercial vessels, as well as modern cruisers and similar pleasure craft. The diagonal fender strips on the hull sides that are a feature of the pilot launch version and seen in the side view above, have not been moulded as can be seen in the first photo, and this makes the basic hull suitable as the basis for models of many of fast commercial and pleasure launches, so you aren't restricted to models of pilot launches.