Thunder Child: The Unsinkable Powerboat
This is the Thunder Child, an “XSV 17” that’s a world-renown, high-speed, wave-piercing boat that is unsinkable thanks to its ground-breaking engineering. It can navigate the roughest seas because of its state-of-the-art 17m design by Safehaven Marine, which is based in Youghal, Co Cork Ireland.
If this monstrous boat capsizes, it will automatically flip over, so the captain and crew are always safe (and hopefully have stomachs made of steel to combat seasickness!). This low Interceptor beast is designed for Naval, law enforcement, and offshore patrol applications. It’s also capable of high-speed S.A.R. operations as it’s self-righting and can respond to emergencies super-fast.
This rapid commander of the seas is powered by a pair of Caterpillar C12.9 turbo-charged, super-charged, and intercooler diesel engines that generate 1,000hp each. The Thunder Child can reach a maximum speed of 54kts. It has a 10-crew capacity that can sit comfortably – with six on shock mitigation seats and four on fixed seats in the main cabin. In the f/wd cabin, there are separate heads and a sleeping compartment. Equipped with long-range fuel tanks of 5,000+L, the Thunder Child has a range of over 750NM.
The Thunder Child’s one-of-a-kind hull allows the vessel to operate in two modes – fully-planing and wave-piercing. The hull design “combines a constant deadrise deep V hull form incorporating twin chines capable of 60kts with a wave-piercing bow form.” This provides high levels of both static and dynamic stability.
It can recover from a massive capsize by a large breaking sea and is “survivable up to sea state 8, capable of operating effectively in up to sea state 6, and maintain operational speed in sea state 3-4.” A distinctive feature is its bow buoyancy control fins that are used to increase buoyancy in following seas preventing excessive submersion. They are adjustable for wave height and craft speed.
Thunder Child is equipped with top-of-the-line Garmin navigation equipment including HD Radar, VHF radio communications, AIS, and GPS systems. Night-time passage is seamless due to its FLIR Thermal /night vision infrared camera systems and a four-zone CCTV covering engine room and external views all displayed at the helm.
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