May 30, 2006
Kvichak starts construction on 72 ft cats
Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc. , Seattle, has started construction on two 72 ft passenger catamarans scheduled for a December 2006 delivery to Puerto Rico.
The all-aluminum cats, owned by Luxury Marinas, will operate at its El Conquistador Resort and Golden Door Spa in Fajardo, PR.
Designed by Crowther Multihulls, of Australia, the two cats are replacing Luxury Marinas' older fleet of four vessels.
"We require two vessels to maintain efficiency in transporting our hotel guests on a quick and reliable schedule from the resort to our exclusive private island," said Kevin Quirk, VP of Luxury Marinas.
The catamarans are designed and constructed as USCG inspected Subchapter-T small passenger vessels rated for 150 passengers.
The 72 ft x 29 ft cats will provide hotel guests with a stable and comfortable ride while traveling at speeds of 25--27 knots.
The propulsion package for the cats includes: twin Cummins QSK-19M engines rated for 880 BHP at 2100 RPM coupled to ZF 665 transmissions driving Nibral 5-blade propellers.
During the 10 minute excursion, passengers can relax in Beurteaux Ocean Outdoor seats, which are located throughout the main cabin, fore deck and upper deck.
A kiosk in the main cabin provides beverage service for guests while an entertainment system plays music and informational videos for their enjoyment.
The large aft deck is able to handle the transportation of multiple towel carts or catering carts for events on the private island with separate onboard ramps.
"As an operator of high end resorts, Luxury Marinas is very particular and detail oriented," said Carl Wegener of Kvichak's East Coast office. "Our engineering staff met the challenge and adapted an existing product to meet the customer's requirements, while maintaining the tight delivery schedule."