Seward, Alaska, based Major Marine Tours has awarded Bellingham, Wash., shipbuilder All American Marine, Inc. (AAM) a contract to build two sister vessels.
The 87 foot by 32 foot Teknicraft-design aluminum catamarans, will be certified USCG Subchapter “T” for 150 passengers and will expand Major Marine Tours’ fleet of wildlife and glacier cruise vessels that visit Kenai Fjords National Park.
These semi-displacement catamarans were developed by Nic de Waal of Teknicraft Design in Auckland, New Zealand. The design integrates the signature Teknicraft symmetrical and asymmetrical combined hull shape. The advanced hull design is complemented by Teknicraft’s signature integration of a wave piercer positioned between the catamaran sponsons to break up wave action and ensure reduced drag while enhancing passenger comfort. The design offers all passengers a smooth ride and comfort as the hull provides a cushioned effect when encountering waves.
The catamaran is highly stable and has outstanding seakeeping ability.
The propulsion package includes quad waterjets, powered by Scania DI16 082 engines, each rated at 788 bhp @ 2,100 RPM.
Onboard the vessel, passenger seating is provided in the two deck cabin and on the covered, open-air top deck, and there is also a large stadium standing bow area.
Interior amenities include high quality Beurteaux seats, maximizing passenger comfort. The entire main deck is wheelchair accessible allowing guests to travel from the bow to the stern.
“We are honored for this opportunity to construct world-class excursion vessels that are efficient, dependable, and cost-effective. These boats will enhance the experience for both crew and visitors that cruise on them, into the rugged beauty of Kenai Fjords National Park,” said Ron Wille, Business Development Manager for All American Marine.