Skipperliner delivers vehicle/passenger ferry

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skipperlinermicroSkipperLiner, LaCrosse, Wis., recently delivered the vehicle ferry Pride of Cassville to the city of Cassville, Wi. The ferry comprises a passenger/vehicle barge and a towboat.

The ferry will transport vehicles and passengers across the Mississippi River between Cassville  and Indiana  This service connects two National Scenic Byways: the Great River Road and the Iowa Great River Road.  The PRIDE OF CASSVILLE replaces the CHARLIE D that has been in service in Cassville since 1966. 


The Cassville ferry is Wisconsin’s oldest operating ferry, and has operated since 1833.  The ferry service operates 9:00 am to 9:00 pm seven days per week from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

“SkipperLiner was excited to be awarded this contract.  We are even more excited to deliver this first class vessel to the City of Cassville,” says Jeb Griffith, Managing Member of Skipper Manufacturing, LLC.  “Cassville has a long rich history of operating this service and SkipperLiner has a long rich history in terms of building first class watercraft.”

LOA:       78 ft
Beam:     32 ft
Hull Depth:    5 ft
Draft (clearance):    3 ft 6 in
Hull Thickness:   5/16 in (sides), 3/8 in (deck)  5/16 in and 3/8in (bottom
Displacement:   74.08 long tons
Certification:    USCG

LOA:       45 ft
Beam:     16 ft
Hull Depth:    6 ft
Draft (clearance):    4 ft 6 in
Gross Tons:    Less than 100
Displacement:   35 tons
Hull Thickness:   5/16 in (sides) 1/4 in (deck) 3/8 in (bottom)
Propulsion Engines:   Twin Cummins model QSB5.9 300 HP marine diesel engines with direct drives
Transmissions: ZF model 280-1 3:0:1
Engine Cooling: Fernstrum
Propellers: Michigan Wheel 32 in x 21 pitch, bronze. five blade
Propeller Shafts: 2.5 in (Aquamet 17)
Generator(s) 9 kW generator powered by Cummins model MDKBL marine diesel engine
HVAC:     1 ton air cooled 
Electronics: Two ICOM model 412 VHF/FM marine radios, Furuno model 1715 radar system
Winches:    Wintech    

July 19, 2011

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