2 more not-a-Parker Pilothouses

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Feb 16, 2006
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Lewes, DE
Here are two more pilothouses seen on the Chesapeake this weekend.

MOJO was seen at anchor just inside Whitehall Creek, Annapolis MD.
Check out the stabilizer birds on this girl. Pretty boat!



This next one is owned by the Anne Arundel County (MD) Fire Department.
She is a 43' Metalcraft Marine "Firestorm" hull built in Kingston Ontario (Canada).
She is powered by twin Cummins QSM11 diesels turning Hamilton 322 waterjets giving her a max speed of 37 kts.

I got this shot of the Miss Anne as she was on her way back to her berth located at Sandy Point State Park, just north-west of the Bay Bridge.
Not sure if she was returning from a mission, or was just out on a training run...



Not great shots, but I didn't want to pinch her in while she was running at speed... :wink:
Holy Halyards Batman! :shock:

Not sure whether to hoist the mains'l or set the Gollywobbler.

Mojo looks like she belongs in a Tall Ships parade somewhere......

You sure she's not a blowboat in drag? 8)

Or is that just excess clothesline to keep the gull poop off the deck?
The small mast on the forward deck could possibly be used for a stabilization sail, tho I'm not sure if that is the proper term.
They can be seen on many high end trawlers, most noteably Grand Banks, tho on the GB's the sail is mounted aft.

Dave, Those vertical poles that you see mounted to port and starboard fold out at about a 45 degree angle - very much like outriggers. From those are cables with stabilization birds attached to the end which are lowered into the water. The birds dampen the roll of the vessel while underway. They are most commonly seen on fishing vessels, but they are also a popular option on high-end Trawlers such as the Nordhavn.


If you saw the movie The Perfect Storm, the Andrea Gail had her birds deployed during the blow.
This is what they look like with the outriggers deployed, but before the birds are lowered into the water.


Here they are deployed.