Pilot boat


Pilot boat

A pilot boat is used to transport pilots between land and the inbound or outbound ships that they are piloting. Pilot boats can be from 20 feet to over 75 feet in length. They are normally painted a highly visible color such as orange, red or yellow. A pilot boat can be identified by the red and white signal flag or "(H)otel" signal flag during daytime and showing a white light over a red light at night. Pilot boats also normally have the word "PILOT" written in large black letters on both sides of the cabin.

Built to withstand heavy seas and bumping against 100,000 ton tanker ships, they are very quick and durable, purpose built boats. Some harbors that require offshore boarding will find pilot boats on station for many hours in the worst of conditions.


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  • Pilot boat — Pilot Pi lot, n. [F. pilote, prob. from D. peillood plummet, sounding lead; peilen, pegelen, to sound, measure (fr. D. & G. peil, pegel, a sort of measure, water mark) + lood lead, akin to E. lead. The pilot, then, is the lead man, i. e., he who… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pilot (boat) — The Pilot is a pilot boat launched in 1914 in San Diego. She served as the official pilot boat San Diego Bay for 82 years, with no more than three consecutive days of downtime. During World War II, she was used by the Coast Guard as a pilot boat… …   Wikipedia

  • pilot-boat — piˈlot boat noun A boat used by pilots on duty • • • Main Entry: ↑pilot …   Useful english dictionary

  • pilot boat — /ˈpaɪlət boʊt/ (say puyluht boht) noun a boat which transports a pilot (def. 1) to and from a ship …   Australian English dictionary

  • pilot boat — noun a boat to carry pilots to and from large ships • Hypernyms: ↑boat …   Useful english dictionary

  • pilot boat — a boat carrying pilots to or from large ships. [1580 90] * * * …   Universalium

  • Pilot — Pi lot, n. [F. pilote, prob. from D. peillood plummet, sounding lead; peilen, pegelen, to sound, measure (fr. D. & G. peil, pegel, a sort of measure, water mark) + lood lead, akin to E. lead. The pilot, then, is the lead man, i. e., he who throws …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pilot balloon — Pilot Pi lot, n. [F. pilote, prob. from D. peillood plummet, sounding lead; peilen, pegelen, to sound, measure (fr. D. & G. peil, pegel, a sort of measure, water mark) + lood lead, akin to E. lead. The pilot, then, is the lead man, i. e., he who… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pilot bird — Pilot Pi lot, n. [F. pilote, prob. from D. peillood plummet, sounding lead; peilen, pegelen, to sound, measure (fr. D. & G. peil, pegel, a sort of measure, water mark) + lood lead, akin to E. lead. The pilot, then, is the lead man, i. e., he who… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pilot bread — Pilot Pi lot, n. [F. pilote, prob. from D. peillood plummet, sounding lead; peilen, pegelen, to sound, measure (fr. D. & G. peil, pegel, a sort of measure, water mark) + lood lead, akin to E. lead. The pilot, then, is the lead man, i. e., he who… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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