Armstrong delivers whale-watch boat to Alaska operator


The following is text of a news release from Armstrong Marine USA:

(JUNEAU, Alaska) — The 46-by-17.5-foot high tunnel catamaran George Ryan recently arrived in Juneau after departing Port Angeles, Wash., three days prior. The vessel was built by Armstrong Marine USA for Alaska Tales Whale Watching, located in Juneau. Alaska Tales also operates a 42-foot catamaran, Jay Ellis, built by Armstrong in 2017.

The 49-passenger plus three crew USCG Subchapter T vessel pairs speed with stability for the ultimate touring platform. Multiple viewing decks and mitered AJR Marine windows make George Ryan well suited for wildlife watching. Stainless-steel cable railings ensure clear views. For a comfortable passenger experience, the main cabin features two Webasto heaters, carpeted flooring, and Freedman Glitz seating. The head is accessed from the aft deck.

Quad Suzuki 350-hp outboards, paired with SeaStar Optimus EPS steering, power the vessel. Twin 300-gallon fuel tanks ensure sufficient range for every excursion.

In the upper pilothouse, a Bentley’s Patriot helm seat and bench seats accommodate captain and crew, while two sliding doors provide quick access for easy mooring and maneuvering. In addition to the Garmin/NMEA electronics and navigation package, the vessel features a wireless PA system with speakers throughout.

By Professional Mariner Staff