Gladding-Hearn receives contract to build pilot boat

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Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding Duclos Corp. received a new C. Raymond Hunt & Associates-designed pilot boat order from the Maryland Pilots.

Delivery of the new 53-footer in 2010 will mark the shipyard’s 11th Chesapeake class pilot boat since it was introduced in 2002, according to a report on

The new all-aluminum pilot boat measures 52.5 feet overall, with a 16.6-foot beam and 4.7-foot draft, and will have a top speed of 25 knots.

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