Watch: Heavy Surf Sea Trials with Safehaven Marine’s ‘Thunder Child’

Photo: Safehaven Marine
Photo: Safehaven Marine

Here’s a look at the heavy surf sea trials of Safehaven Marine’s new XSV 17 craft during several days of recent storms to hit Ireland. The vessel here is the Thunder Child, powered by Caterpillar C12.9 1,000hp engines. Safehaven says during trials they managed to get 50kt winds and 6m waves, during which the vessel handled “fabulously”.

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Here’s a little more about the XSV 17 design from Safehaven Marine: 

XSV 17 ‘Thunder Child’ The XSV 17 is a development of Safehaven’s new Barracuda range of high speed, low RCS Interceptor / patrol craft for  commercial, S.A.R.  and naval operations. The new design brings even greater capabilities incorporating greater speed, greater range, higher crew capacity and an even lower RCS. The first of class ‘Thunder Child’ is an undeniably striking and stylish craft, however the resulting sleek profile is purely as a result of form following function due to her unique design features, which combine a high speed wave piercing hull design with a low radar signature superstructure. The principle dimensions of XSV 17 are an L.O.A. of 18m (17.3m moulded) a 4m beam and a draft of .85m.

Read More on the Safehaven Marine website.