AUGUST 3, 2016 — Blount Boats, Warren, RI, shipyard recently delivered the M/V Skyview to Chicago's Shoreline Sightseeing. Designed by Seacraft Design, LLC, Sturgeon Bay, WI, the steel, Subchapter K passenger vessel has a LOA of 100 ft and maximum beam of 35 ft and is certified to carry up to 318 passengers.It will operate as an architectural tour boat in partially protected waters.
The vessel is powered by twin Volvo D13 MH, 400hp diesels with twin 65 kW John Deere generators, ZF W325 gearboxes, 2.933:1 ratio supplied and commissioned by Allemand Industries, Harvey, LA. The vessel is also equipped with twin 44 in diameter, 4-blade propellers and Kobelt Steering.
The vessel was specifically designed with a recessed pilot house to meet the air draft requirements for navigating the waterways of Chicago.
Special features include hand-crafted mahogany doors, railings and bench seating, full-service bar, 20-keg beer cooler, ladies and men's heads (heated), 430 pound ice machine and air-conditioning.
The M/V Skyview is the second vessel built by Blount for Shoreline Sightseeing.
Length overall, molded 100’-0”
Length between Perpendiculars (draft marks) 97’-6”
Beam, molded 35’-0”
Depth amidships, molded 7’-6”
Displacement, light ship Approx. 150 long tons
Displacement, fully loaded Approx. 200 long tons
Draft amidships, light ship 3’-8”
Draft amidships, fully loaded 4’-3”
Air draft, min./ max 14’-2”/ 14’-9”
Passenger capacity, main deck (fixed seating) 318
Fuel Oil capacity 1,800 gallons
Potable water capacity 2,000 gallons
Holding tank capacity 1,500 gallons
Propulsion Two diesel engines, ea. 400 BHP @ 1,800 RPM
Reverse/reduction gearboxes, 3.95:1 ratio
44” diameter 4-blade propellers
Speed, maximum at full load (approximate) 10.4 knots
Gross tonnage (U.S. Regulatory) 90