Pilothouse and Navigational Equipment


Currently Zephyr is equipped with modern navigational equipment including two Furuno RADAR sets with 64 and 72 mile range, three mounted VHF radios with elevated antennas plus three handheld VHF radios, a marine SSB HF radio that will reach out over 1500 miles, a Gyrotrac stabilized heading system for navigation and autopilot, AIS (Automatic Identification System) Class A transponder, which allows other vessel traffic to see us and for us to see them, even around corners and at extended distances where RADAR cannot. We have three electronic chartplotter systems all with redundant inputs.  

Here is a list of pilothouse equipment:

2- Icom 25 Watt marine VHF radios.
1- Icom 55 watt Multi-band VHF/UHF transceiver Aircraft or Marine frequencies as necessary.
5- Handheld VHF portable marine band radios.
1- Sea 330 HF marine transceiver.
1- AIS Class A Furuno FA-150.
2- Furuno commercial grade open array RADAR.
1- Hailer with Fog signals.
1- Furuno SC50 Satelite compass.
1- Gyrotrac heading compass.
1- Airmar WX220 ultrasonic wind sensor with three-axis stabilization and backup heading sensor.
1- Robertson AP9 Autopilot with remote.
1- Furuno Echosounder/chartplotter.
2- Lenovo PC's in pilothouse for ships navigation and systems displays.
Rose Point Coastal Explorer Navigation software suite installed on 2 ships PC's.
All automatically updated navigational raster and vector charts via NOAA download.
1- Ritchie Ships Compass, corrected with Deviation table.
Maretron N2K View on dedicated PC and touchscreen monitoring critical vessel systems.
NMEA 2000 and 0183 Network for navigational data.
Ethernet Network for through boat communications.
Verizon wireless 4G Cellular phone and data.
Wave Wifi receiver for near shore use.
Iridium Pilot Sat phone with internet capability.
Inmarsat handheld Sat phone. 


Cranes and Deck Operations

  • Morgan SeaCrane 3750# SWL
  • 4 Ton SWL A-Frame
  • Aft deck capstan winch
  • 20' x 20' work deck, covered upper deck
  • Swim/Dive platfrom with non-skid grate
  • Dive platfrom from water to deck


For jobs that require it, we are able to weld and mount new equipment for temporary use. The aft deck has multiple engineered 3/4" threaded mount points for pad eyes and tie downs as well as plenty of welded stainless steel 1.5" diameter hand rails for tie down of equipment. 

Zephyr is also equipped with a scuba air compressor for occasional diving.


Safety Equipment

Safety equipment includes a SOLAS rated 16 person liferaft, an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) plus an additional PLB (Personal Locator Beacon), all required visual distress flares including SOLAS rated versions, Type I offshore PFD (lifejackets) and immersion suits. We have required bilge water level alarms in all compartments with interior and exterior alarm annunciators. We have nine fire extinguishers total, one in each compartment plus an engine room CO2 fire suppression system with manual or automatic release.  We also have a couple of skiffs that can come along for safety or shoreside transportation.  The Zephyr has a 350# Navy style anchor, with 100' of 3/4" galvanized steel chain and 500' of 3/4" galvanized wire rope loaded onto a 16" hydraulic operated drum.   We are also equiped with a large sea anchor.



The ship is powered by twin Caterpillar D343T engines that produce over 300 HP each sent through TwinDisc 514C marine transmissions and 4" stainless steel shafts and a pair of massive 52" high 3 blade stainless steel propellers. Zephyr cruises nicely at ten knots and provides excellent fuel economy at that speed. We have a conservative range of over 2,000 miles.


Power Generation

Our electrical power comes from two 40-kilowatt 3 phase 120/208V diesel electric generators that also provide hydraulic power for the anchor windlass, bow thruster, and deck cranes. Our third generator is 12-kilowatt, fully enclosed and double rubber mount isolated with a water filled exhaust and is run at night for a noise free sleeping experience.  We added a 24 volt, 800 Amp/hour battery bank and 15KW of Victron Energy inverters, so we can offer a silent experience.  In addition, ten solar panels were installed which can generate 3500 Watts.   This saves fuel and reduces our energy footprint.   Zephyr has 120V outlets throughout, 208V is also available, as are 12 and 24 Volt DC for equipment. The vessel can be heated by electric heaters or diesel.



We bunker 3600 gallons of #2 diesel that powers all of the onboard engines.   We hold 1,000 gallons of fresh water and can make our own water with a 600 gallon per day reverse osmosis watermaker.   All water dispensed in the ship is passed through a charcoal filter and is safe & tasty to drink. The water heater is 50 gallons and has enough capacity to provide a hot shower daily to guests, just not all at the same time. Our black water tank holds 400 gallons for dockside pump out.  Tank levels are monitored by Maretron, as well as sight gauges and pressure gauges.


We also have two skiffs, Vortex and Red.  

our small boats