(BELLINGHAM, Wash.) — All American Marine (AAM) has been awarded the contract to build a high-speed and long-range eco-tour vessel for Phillips Cruises and Tours. The vessel will operate in Whittier, Alaska, upon completion.
The newbuild will have an 84.5-by-30.7-foot semi-displacement aluminum catamaran hull that was developed by Nic de Waal of Teknicraft Design in Auckland, New Zealand. The vessel will be constructed in AAM’s facility on Bellingham Bay and is contracted to deliver before May 1, 2024. It will add to Phillips Cruises’ existing fleet of boats operating in Prince William Sound on daily sightseeing tours.
The 150-passenger vessel will be constructed to U.S. Coast Guard Subchapter T classification. With a fuel capacity of 1,200 gallons, this fuel-efficient design will be assisted by a fixed aluminum hydrofoil, enhancing the boat’s speed and stability at high speeds. The propulsion package includes four MJP 350X waterjets powered by four Scania DI16 082 engines rated at 800 hp.
The new vessel integrates the signature Teknicraft symmetrical and asymmetrical combined hull shape, bow wave piercer, and a patented hydrofoil-assisted hull design. The hull and hull components are designed to break up wave action and ensure reduced drag while enhancing passenger comfort.
For the operator, excellent fuel economy can be achieved while maintaining an estimated fully laden cruise speed of 32 knots. The vessel features 150 fully enclosed seats with tables between two decks, dual pane windows, exterior seating, and standing room for nature viewing.
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. Passengers can also enjoy refreshments from a full galley and bar in the main deck cabin.
– All American Marine