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Designed to be the safest and most technologically advanced drill ship in the world, Deepwater Pathfinder uses satellite and ocean-bottom positioning systems to remain precisely in position, even in harsh weather. 

The new technology on the vessels includes a specialized combination of seabed and satellite systems that send signals to onboard computers, controlling six high-powered thrusters. The thrusters counter the forces of currents, wind and waves to keep the vessel exactly on target -- usually averaging less than two meters of her mark -- without an anchor. It is this new technology that earned the ship its DP3 (triple redundant) classification - the highest classification given by the ABS. This means the vessels provide the highest degrees of safety, redundancy and reliability.

Drilling operations use a cyber station to complete automated functions which were previously done manually. This automation allows a driller to use a computer and joystick to pick up 90-foot joints of riser with a maximum block weight of 1.5 million pounds, virtually eliminating the human element from operating much of the traditional drilling equipment, reducing the risk of injury while increasing efficiency.


This Deepwater Pathfinder model has the following qualities:

- Scratch built from official plans

- Superior hollow hull construction (very important), weighing less than 20 lbs  (A solid hull of this model would be over 70 lbs and feel like a toy rather than an art piece.)

- The hollow superstructure is comprised of
hundred of individual thin pieces of wood glued together, not several solid pieces stacking on top one another.

- Windows are cutouts (not black decals), thanks to the hollow structures.

-  No computer-printed paper deck.

- >95% of parts are wood and metal

40" long.    $7,900    S & H is $150