May 4, 2006
Gladding Hearn wins NY Water Taxi order
Incat Crowther licensee Gladding Hearn, of Somerset. Mass., is to build a third 22 m catamaran ferry for NewYork Water Taxi, following the successful introduction of the Seymour B Durst and the Sam Holmes.
The new Incat Crowther cat will be certified to carry 149 passengers--99 in the main deck cabin and the remainder on the open upper deck.
Like the two previous vessels it will have the same low wake hulls and hospital grade mufflers that are an element of NYWT's commitment to minimize the impact of its operation on the marine environment.
The vessels are also accessible to people with disabilities and will include Gladding HearnŐs Winterization Pack which features hull strengthening for operation in slush ice, deck heating and enhanced cabin insulation.
The vessel will be fitted with a pair of Cummins QSK19-M main engines each producing 800 bhp at 2,100 rpm. The engines drive two 5-bladedBruntons propellers via Twin Disc MGX-5145 gearboxes to give the cat a service speed of 26 knots at full load.