(BELLINGHAM, Wash.) — All American Marine (AAM) has delivered Spirit of Matushka, a 150-passenger hydrofoil-assisted catamaran for Major Marine Tours. The vessel will operate out of Seward, Alaska, and will carry passengers on tours of Kenai Fjords National Park.
This 87-by-32-foot Teknicraft aluminum catamaran is certified U.S. Coast Guard Subchapter T. The quad
HamiltonJet waterjet vessel will add to Major Marine Tours’ fleet of glacier and wildlife cruise vessels in
and around Kenai Fjords.
The semi-displacement catamaran hull for this vessel was developed by Nic de Waal of Teknicraft
Design in Auckland, New Zealand. The design integrates the signature Teknicraft symmetrical and
asymmetrical combined hull shape, bow wave piercer, and innovative hydrofoil system. This advanced
hull shape was designed using digital modeling and computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
analysis. The hull design is complemented by Teknicraft’s signature integration of a wave piercer that
is positioned between the catamaran sponsons to break up wave action and ensure reduced drag while enhancing passenger comfort.
The vessel includes Hamilton Jet AVX controls, which feature an intuitive Mouseboat controller as well as JetAnchor and station-keeping modes. For the operator, one of the most valuable features on this vessel is the excellent fuel economy, consuming approximately the same gallons per nautical mile throughout the cruising speed range of 20 knots up to 30 knots when fully laden. With a fuel capacity of 1,200 gallons, this fuel-efficient design will be assisted by a fixed aluminum hydrofoil, enhancing its speed and stability at high speeds. The propulsion package includes four HamiltonJet HM422 waterjets powered by four Scania DI16 082 engines, rated at 788 hp at 2,100 rpm.
Two spacious enclosed cabins include tables at every seat. All of the exterior seats are underneath canopies, including the open-air third deck. Interior amenities include Beurteaux seats and electrical outlets with USB plugs at every table. The entire main deck, including the bow, has wheelchair access and the main deck cabin includes wheelchair-designated seating locations. The vessel also features an expansive stadium standing area for wildlife and nature viewing.
– All American Marine