The following is text of a news release from All American Marine (AAM):
(BELLINGHAM, Wash.) — All American Marine, together with Great Western Attractions (GWA), has launched the second of two 78-by-27-foot aluminum catamarans for operation as passenger excursion vessels in Puget Sound. Designed by Teknicraft in Auckland, New Zealand, these identical Subchapter T certified vessels were constructed at All American Marine’s 57,000-square-foot facility on Bellingham Bay. These vessels will be a part of GWA’s multi-faceted tourism experience based in downtown Seattle.
These new vessels — Orca II is the second — will combine innovative design features to enhance the passenger experience during excursions, as well as celebrating the prominent native culture that is a significant part of life in the Pacific Northwest. One specific feature is the unique design of an extended hull section on the bow and stern, creating a canoe-like appearance.
These 149-passenger catamarans are powered by twin Caterpillar C18 engines rated at 803 hp at 2,100 rpm, driving Veem nibral propellers, and are constructed to Coast Guard Subchapter T standards (designated as passenger vessels for use on lakes, bays and sounds). These identical sister ships have a unique paint design scheme that are sure to draw eyes along the Seattle waterfront.