Gibraltar Pilots orders Seaward Nelson 35

Gibraltar Pilots has chosen a new Seaward Nelson 35 as its next pilot vessel.

The organisation currently has seven pilots and three high-speed boats in its fleet and has been serving the port of Gibraltar since the 1800s.

“Our experience with the tough and seaworthy Nelson 35 hull combined with Seaward’s new developments and state-of-the-art build practices made the Seaward 35 pilot boat a perfect choice for our challenging area of operation,” says Matt Kent, of Gibraltar Pilots.

Seaward says its refined Nelson hull form is unrivalled in its sea-keeping and handling abilities, and this keeps users returning repeatedly.

The company was founded by Barry Kimber in Guernsey in 1980 to develop the Nelson semi-displacement craft. The original Seaward 23 model was so successful that in 1988 an owner’s club was formed, called the Seaward Squadron. Following the success of the 23, Seaward and TT Boat Designs went on to develop 25 and 29ft versions, then the 35 cockpit and aft deck models and, latterly, the 39 and 42. The business relocated to its current production facility in Cowes in 2002.

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