The following is text of a news release from All American Marine (AAM):
(BELLINGHAM, Wash.) — All American Marine has been awarded a contract to build two sister vessels for Major Marine Tours based in Seward, Alaska. These 87-by-32-foot Teknicraft aluminum catamarans will be certified U.S. Coast Guard Subchapter T for 150 passengers. The quad-jet vessels 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 integration of a wave piercer positioned between the catamaran sponsons to break up wave action and ensure reduced drag while enhancing passenger comfort. The vessel’s 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 hp at 2,100 rpm. On board the vessel, passengers have access to a two-deck cabin, a covered open-air top deck, and a large standing bow area. Interior amenities include 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.