High Bridge Workcat Extends Blyth’s Range
Tue, 05 February 2013
The new High Bridge design offers additional cabin space and improved forward visibility for both the crew and the passengers
UK boat builder Blyth Workcats has extended its model range with a new design for the recently launched 17m workboat.
By relocating the wheelhouse onto a second upper deck, the company is expecting that the 17m High Bridge will be recognised as a practical and economical option for wind farm support vessel operators. The new design will also appeal to other boat users seeking an economical vessel that provides all round visibility combined with exceptional interior space.
The first 17m boat from Blyth Workcats was launched in May 2012 and since then it has been praised by its owners Wildcat Marine for its practical design and economical running costs. The new High Bridge design now offers all of the cost benefits of the original version combined with additional cabin space and improved forward visibility for both the crew and the passengers.
The Blyth 17m Workcat is the largest boat to come from the Essex UK boatyard. It has been designed to provide the offshore energy sector with a practical and robust workboat capable of providing dependable day to day transport. It is powered by two MAN D2848, 750hp engines which have been shown to operate at a frugal 130 litres per hour per engine at maximum speed of above 26 knots and just 79 litres per hour at a cruising speed of 20 knots.
The low operating costs combined with its spacious accommodation are also expected to make the new Blyth High Bridge 17m attractive for tourism and ferry applications, as the company also has designs for a version of the same model with a capacity for over 100 internally seated passengers.
The performance of the Blyth 17-metre is attributed to the balance of fine hull entry and carefully designed chines. These create a hull that performs well at all speeds and sea conditions yet remains capable of providing optimum fuel economy while carrying substantial loads.