Marine Log

Kit cat

December 17, 2006

Louisiana yard to build kit cats for Mexican operator

Incat Crowther, Newport, New South Wales, Australia. is to provide a full design and aluminum plate and extrusion kit for three 27 m catamaran ferries.

They will be built for Mexican operator Ultramar by Midship Marine, Harvey, La., utilizing an Incat Crowther kitboat package. Along with the full design of the vessel Incat Crowther will provide all the aluminum, with pre-cut plate and extrusion delivered to the shipyard. The first vessel will be Incat Crowther's sixth complete kitboat package.

Ultramar operates a fleet of vessels from two docks along the Cancun hotel strip. One of these docks is for its Aqua World park which offers a range of water sports activities in a sheltered lagoon. The other provides direct access to the offshore island of Isla Mujeres, where the new vessels will operate.

The vessels will be high speed catamaran ferries capable of carrying 249 passengers at a service speed of 27 knots fully loaded.

The main cabin contains seating for 125 passengers with further seating for 124 passengers on the vessels open upper deck. The main cabin has been arranged with a small kiosk at the forward end and a toilet block aft. Full height windows will allow excellent viewing of the beautiful Caribbean waters. The aft deck has been arranged to take a series of luggage carts for overnight travelers to the island.

Powered by twin Caterpillar 3412E main engines each producing 1,200 hp the vessel will have a service speed of 28 knots at full load.

Length overall: 27.80 m
Length waterline: 23.40 m
Beam: 7.75 m
Draft hull: 1.20 m
Fuel capacity: 530 US Gallons
Fresh water capacity: 130 US Gallons
Service speed: 28 knots
Deadweight: 23.98 tonnes
Installed power: 2 x 1,200 BHP
Main engines: 2 x Caterpillar 3412E
Propulsion system: Propellers
Passenger capacity: 249
Survey: USCG Sub Chapter K
Construction material: Marine Grade Aluminum