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Old 09-25-2005, 06:34 PM
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Default 24' Pilothouse NEW!

A Sneak Peek,



New boat just delivered 5 to WV DNR for Homeland Defense Operations. Better Pics Coming in a few days.



Notable Specs and Features: Length 24', Beam 8'6", Fuel: 110 Gallons, 24.5 degree deadrise, dual air ride seats, Engine: Single 250 HP E-Tec, Westerbeke 3.5kw below deck generator, 12,000 btu Heat/AC, 24 Mile Raymarine Radar, Raymarime HDFI Sonar, Local E-Charts, 1"*Insulation/Cored Cabin & Roof, LED Barlight, Telescoping Boarding*Ladder, 3 band communication system over 500 channels for interagency emergency communication, Radio Controlled Spotlight.



Was designed & built while working on a similar project....... Just showing off something new we are proud of. Curious if you would buy one? If it was rigged for fishing, you know rod holders, white hull, nice headliner...ect. I can do it with or without the rear cabin wall. It has a separate lower cabin big enough to sleep at least 2 adults. Easy to add a head, has dual fishboxes in cockpit floor.



The forward sloped windshield isn't as s leek as a rear swept, but the room picked up...WOW. What do you think?*



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Sorry about the bad format and grammar supper is ready and I wanted to get this on tonight, being I promised it last week…..



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Cruddy pic, cut off the rear. But we have in the water pics. Gvt Manager says he'll clean some up and size them for THT tommorrow, So If I can get them Monday I'll post from the office. Remember the 28' Pilothouse? We'll this is her little sister, big difference is a below deck generator. But this was all set on a standard 24 CC Freedom, so it has all those hull and deck features.Key
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sure would be nice for late fall stiper fishing.



how many pounds did it add to the hull?
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Sweet!

Even Better on a 28! The Cats Meow if it was a walk around.
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Why would the state of West Virginia require a heavy duty offshore craft like this?



Where would they use it? Bluestone Lake? Tygart Lake?

It looks like a great boat, Key, but what a waste of our tax money.
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One hell of a rig! This boat would be real popular on cape cod. It would give parker some good competition.
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Key, Rig one for fishing and I'll help give it some exposure for ya... ....

I think the above post was on target about giving the Parker pilot house some serious competition, and with the Freedom hull, she's got to be a great ride!! Thanks for sharing.
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Why would the state of West Virginia require a heavy duty offshore craft like this?



Where would they use it? Bluestone Lake? Tygart Lake?

It looks like a great boat, Key, but what a waste of our tax money.
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They are using them for the coal loading and processing depots, some if that is for Militarty use. The problem we were presented with during initial mission requirements was being able to sustain higher speed on the big river with the coal barge wakes. Those swells are huge. Anyway the DHD wanted three areas guarded 24/7, 365days a year.

WVDNR didn't have anything that could keep the crew warm/cool with their weather extremes. They could bought smaller maybe....but two things, they really needed the vee to stand wide open throttle to chase bad guys on these swells (10-12 footers by my eye...scared the hell outta me), and we gave hard in*discounts since they were willing to buy the first five during development. One mold two purposes. We ended up with a new boat model or two....More on that soon.

The actual use*locations were classified even to me. but we done all kind* of things to help with cost....close out electronics, and a single engine.getting the medium grade*version of some equipment since we weren't fighting saltwater.

A Little History

I*sold them (5) 17' tri hulls 12 years ago, center consoles, with FULL curtians, which I was VERY opposed to. If capsized this setup will be like getting caught in a tooth paste tube, but they told me about an officer that was killed after he fell overboard in the winter and was found later that night froze to death At THE HELM. When he went in all he had was a walkie talkie (police band) and the water had damaged it, so he was 12 miles from anywhere and sheer rock in many places so he tried to drive to a civilized area.

They figure he stopped to get warm and laid his head on the helm for just a second...and went to sleep. So they wanted nothing less than those full curtains and they put a mobil radio on the boats,*since trying to save money on the older boats*with walkie talkies only cost one officer everything. Sad story and everyone was still touchy about it 12 years ago, so I figured it had happened that prior winter.

Oh...look carfully at the 24 cabin, you'll see a seam where the Pilothouse sets on....Hint Hint.

Oh and all (5) 17's are still in service.

Thanks for asking the question, I agree we always should ask "why" when we see what looks like a waste of tax money. Hopefully my answer justifies it.

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Very interesting insight into how decisions are made and how these boats are equipped. I indeed see the seam that you are referring to
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You never cease to amaze us Check your work e-mail please. I have a request for you.
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That's very nice...and I agree, up here on Cape Cod that would be popular. Most of the pilot houses I've seen are butt ugly and I'd never get one...this one I'd give a good look too.
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Looks like you could mount a killer upper control station on top.
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Old 09-26-2005, 06:24 PM
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Key,

This boat is perfect for the San Francisco bay area.

Might a open back version be suitable for the 22 footer?
This would be lighter to trailer than the 24 and easier to power as well.
I saw the 22 up close and love it!
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So when we gonna see some pics of a windsheild at that seam instead of a pilothouse? The boat looks good for sure!!
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so can you buy one of these pilothouse boats today... and how much
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Old 09-27-2005, 07:53 AM
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jackbvc - 9/26/2005 11:09 PM so can you buy one of these pilothouse boats today... and how much
We had that conversation yesterday. For the moment, I need to build one for fishing, so as I offered on the 28' Pilothouse, anyone interest shoud contact me. *

We would work with suggestions from the buyer* (final say) *and THT members. It will not be a "prototype" but finished properly and the basic equipment adopted as the standard for establishing a possible production version.......I'll build atleast one between now and December if the interest is there.....

Dealers are already asking questions, so it has, I think some strong possibilities.

I am working on a starting price now, but I don't expect it to be any more than any quality pilothouse. Things like*the*AC, and generator are things that should be options to be competitive with others.

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Key,

More pictures please! Timing is poor for me, as I just upped my 19 Whaler to a 25' Parker (which I love and do not regret). I would have strongly considered this boat too though. I believe there is definitely a market niche in the Northeast (Maryland and north) for people like me who bought into the unsinkability/swamped capacity thing, yet want to extend their boating/fishing season.

More pics if you can sir!
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HMBJack - 9/26/2005 7:24 PM Key, This boat is perfect for the San Francisco bay area. Might a open back version be suitable for the 22 footer? This would be lighter to trailer than the 24 and easier to power as well. I saw the 22 up close and love it!


HMB,

Thanks for checking us out! I agree the 22' would be great, but for now there are no plans for a 22' version, honestly the plate id full right now in PD&E (Product Development & Engineering) and to add to my plate we'll be building a fishing model of the 24 and 24 Pilothouse for two lucky THT'ers that will get the first ones.

For Everybody.....

This gives us something to show our dealers and get your response to the sexier looking version and establish pricing. We'll use your comments as part of the decisionon whether these become part of our standard lineup or dealer ordered thru*McKee Craft Commercial & Government Products (MCGP).

Selling boats*with nothing more than pics sucks and wen the pics are of a patrol boat it's even worse! Need to have one in a show*or two.

We have to gear up with production procedures, training and inventory to properly supply this on a regular basis. There are so many fine Pilothouse builders out there already. We want to make sure the demand exists before we jump in to*all the things I mentioned above.

I hope a deep vee perfomance hull with a Pilothouse will find it's*niche and you all would eventually get to see an instock model. Time will tell.

HMB, To answer you other question about the open back. Yes, on the 24' and 28' we can go either way with the way we designed the molds. The rear wall is actually a modular piece and we have theability to leave it out and even offer a canvas drop curtian option.

So stay tuned, I think we may be building a 28' PH soon, we have at least one*THT member that is willing to participate for that model and we'll have one available for the 24' PH. Both of which will be openly debated and built online.

Thanks for the question, and the chance to tell a little more.

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so how does one committ to building a 24 pilothouse?
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Just call me at the office for details. 910-628-0926 (M-F 9-5) I return calls normally in less than an hour IF I'M ON THE OTHER LINE or AWAY! Keep in mind this is for just ONE boat each of the 24 and 28 Pilothouse. This is a promotion we'd start to determine what the best standard set up, specs and standards features should be. Our dealers will have suggestions and will be a big help with this as well. Dealers are already making suggestions. I'll post the composite of these in the thread. In other words I want your (THT members), advice and input possibly entering a new market with a new model. So I'd start a thread on the project to hear the ideas of members that are intereted in boats like this and what the needs are for everyboat and the needs for options. Along the way we'll show the building process and stage up some ideas and show the pics online for comments.This would be at a fast pace as I'm sure the new owner will not want to wait to long on recieving the first one. Should be fun and informative to all of us.Ultimately the new owner will have final say on how his boat is equipped. But from all the suggestions we'll form the first THT co-designed boat. Key
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