Armstrong Marine delivers new tour catamaran to Hawaii

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

(KILAUEA, Hawaii) — The 32-by-13-foot catamaran landing craft Anini I recently arrived on the island of Kauai. The vessel was built by Armstrong Marine USA for tour company North Shore Charters. Pacific Boats & Yachts collaborated on the project. Anini I provides sightseeing, sea cave, and snorkeling excursions along the Na Pali Coast.

“Our goal was to combine a proven hull design that could handle the rough seas of the Na Pali Coast, a deck layout to enhance the tour experience, and eye-catching lines not always found in a work boat," said Justin Smith of Pacific Boats & Yachts said. "An Armstrong catamaran fit the bill.”

The 18-passenger plus two crew U.S. Coast Guard Subchapter T vessel features a full width walk-through cabin with split cuddy, head package, and retractable sun shade. Full-length beaching plates make Anini I well suited for daily operations on Anini Beach, while a winch and cable drop-bow door provides safe and efficient passenger transfer.

Twin Suzuki 300-hp outboards paired with SeaStar electronic steering power the catamaran, and twin 100-gallon fuel tanks ensure sufficient range for a variety of tours. Builder sea trials in Port Angeles, Wash., indicated a cruise speed of 23 knots and top speed of 39 knots.

Cushioned bench seating, with PFD storage below, accommodates passengers. A step-down compartment houses the head with sink and opening port light. A freshwater shower on the aft deck is easily accessed after snorkeling and swimming. Additional customizations include the dive ladder, cuddy storage compartment for fins and masks, and a cooler compartment with cushioned top for additional seating.

The helm station includes a Bentley’s Patriot seat, Lewmar low profile hatch overhead, and Garmin/NMEA navigation package. Anini I also features a Fusion stereo system and LED lighting throughout, including deck and cabin lights, and courtesy lights along the gunwales.

Aqua SeaDek is comfortable underfoot and is paired with a bright vinyl wrap.

By Professional Mariner Staff