New designs with new technology

03:01, Jan 07 2013
Pioneer 39
Computer modeling allows designers to optimise hull shape without expensive and time consuming methods like tank testing.


While at the dawn of the information age, we are probably just scraping the surface of what computers can do, it is nonetheless staggering what they are capable of and the ways in which they can be applied to various tasks.

Mitchells Marine is stepping into the 21st century in developing their new flagship, the Pioneer 39 Sea Bright Skiff. The Auckland based boatbuilders have commissioned Kevin Dibley to design the 11.9-metre boat using 3D modelling and performance/resistance software.

It is now possible to analyse wave patterns, resistance curves and stability functions on a computer, thus speeding up the design process markedly and removing the need for tank testing. Throughout its design, the Pioneer 39 has had a series of proven hydrostatic, hydrodynamic and stability coefficients applied, which ensure its hull is both efficient and sea worthy. This has lead to her having an extremely long cruising range, capable of travelling 1500 nautical miles, or if owners decide a passage is too long for them, the narrow beam means it can be easily packed onto a standard flat bed for shipping.

Her styling comes from the traditional Sea Bright Skiff from the East Coast of the USA and she is designed with an emphasis on ease of handling with the idea of making the journey as pleasant as the destination.

The Mitchells Marine team of boat builders can make alterations to the interior to suit the needs of the owner, but as a standard she comes with a large master's cabin, complete with double berth and wardrobe in the for'ard section. On the starboard side in front of the main saloon is a guest cabin with two bunk beds, opposite the heads. In the port aft corner of the main saloon, there is a bench surrounded by stool seating. Opposite is the galley, which is conveniently placed so that it can serve the dining area in the main saloon as well as the cockpit for outdoor dining.

Enquiries: Mitchells Marine 09 421 9042


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