Within the Distant Fringe, a pinnace is usually identified as a general purpose utility smallcraft with a displacement of less than 40 dTons. Frequently they are substantially smaller, averaging around 20 dTons. Pinnaces most commonly serve as subcraft on a larger parent vessel and are typically housed within a specialized hangar.
- While aboard a parent vessel and not active as flight crew, the pinnace's personnel may be assigned alternate duties such as service crew.
Selected Example Ships
- Type U class Auxiliary
The convention of declaring a smallcraft of a certain displacement tonnage range as a pinnace is a matter of local tradition. In reality there is no discernible difference between a large pinnace and a small launch.
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