Kirby Vessel Launched

The first of two Kirby ocean-going vessels constructed at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders was successfully launched yesterday, May 2, 2017. Hull S186 is equipped with a Nautican propulsion system comprising all elements aft of the gearbox companion flange: the shafts... Read more » Read more...

Kirby Vessels First to Have Completely Integrated Nautican Propulsion, Shafting and Steering System.

Nichols Brothers Boat Builders are constructing two ocean towing vessels for Kirby: Hulls S186 and S187. Both vessels are equipped with complete propulsion systems supplied by Nautican, comprising everything aft of the gearbox companion flange: shafts and bearings, Nautican IPU... Read more » Read more...

F/V Raven Sees Notable Gains

By changing to a nautican propulsion system, the F/V Raven saw significant gains in speed and fuel economy:
  • A measured increase of 13% in bollard pull,
  • A measured reduction in horsepower to achieve same vessel speed,
  • An increase in speed on average of over 1 knot and reduced fuel consumption at a given RPM,
  • A net average increase in fuel economy (nm/gal) of over 20%, and
  • A significant improvement in steering noted by the crew.