After the success of the Pilot4, Westport Marine has created a larger version for more serious sea use. The layout is principally the same as the practical Pilot4, but with a longer length the lines are easier whilst still retaining the distinctive character. With a wide beam, good freeboard and large deck area, synonymous with our Pilot boats, there is plenty of room for fishing and storing gear. She comes as standard with port and starboard 'helm' seating great to fish from while still being sheltered by the cuddy. Grab rails around the cuddy provide plenty of security and prove ideal for mounting the various lights, aerials and navigational equipment that most sea anglers seem to fit nowadays, in fact navigation lights even come as standard.
The Pilot6 is rated for outboards up to 90 hp giving speeds up to 32+knots, however a 50hp will provide a more comfortable cruising speed of 18-20 knots, (24 knots max.). The hull is reinforced with an internal girder system connecting the hull and deck creating a very strong and rigid structure. This arrangement also forms four separate buoyancy chambers, all filled with foam giving over 1,200 kg of buoyancy.
Another seaworthy feature is the main deck that sits above the waterline allowing aft deck drains to be fitted in each quarter, ensuring that the main deck rapidly self drains even in the worst conditions. A really practical feature is that the deck drains are lead straight aft through the transom allowing any blockage to be quickly cleared, with a non-return flap to help prevent water sloshing back up to the deck.
The cuddy has generous headroom with seating arranged in a ‘U’ formation. Two large side lockers provide dry storage with an open central ‘locker’ which can either be used for a porta-potty, general/fish box storage, or with the seat top hinged-up you can stand while leaning through the forward hatch (saving your knees!) for mooring or anchoring duties. The anchor being stored in a self draining locker accessed from the foredeck.
Seating and locker space is also provided aft. Two ‘wing’ lockers provide general storage with a deep central locker large enough for two fuel tanks and more, so no excuses for cluttering up the deck with loose gear.
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