Seattle-based Kvichak Marine Industries has constructed a 75 ft by 21 ft fast pilot boat for operation by the Houston Pilots. The Yellow Rose has increased Houston's pilot boat fleet to five vessels and was delivered in March 2010. Designed by Camarc Design, UK, the all-alluminum vessel is powered by twin Cummins QSK-38 engines rate at 1400 bhp each. They are coupled to ZF 4600 transmissions driving twin Hamilton 651 waterjets. This combination allows for excellent manueverability and a top speed of about 29 knots when fully loaded. The Yellow Rose was christened August 28, 2010.


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