Armstrong to build custom ferry for Washington island town

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

(PORT ANGELES, Wash.) — Armstrong Marine USA has been selected to construct a custom passenger ferry for the community of Hat Island, Wash. The 49-passenger U.S. Coast Guard Subchapter T vessel features a galley, head, Northern Lights 9-kW generator, Garmin/NMEA electronics package, and PA system. Vessel completion is slated for fall 2020.

The 45-by-18-foot semi-displacement catamaran is designed with shaft and wheel propulsion powered by twin Cummins QSL9 405-hp engines and SeaStar EPS electronic steering. A ZF CruiseCommand system provides vessel control from the raised pilothouse or second station forward. Two bow thrusters and aluminum push knees with rubber fendering ease repeated mooring.

Two passenger gates at the bow plus a side door aft expedite the boarding process. Additional exterior customizations include 12 deck tie-down points and an aluminum davit (500 pound SWL) for cargo transport.

Inside the full width main cabin, cushioned bench seating accommodates passengers. Multiple lockers and overhead bins store luggage. The galley includes microwave and refrigerator along with additional storage shelving to ensure supplies are well stocked. Heat and A/C keep the cabin comfortable year-round. The head is accessed from the aft deck.

Hat Island is a small, private island community in Snohomish County, Wash. The island is nestled in Possession Sound between Everett, Whidbey, and Camano Islands and operates a weekly ferry schedule to and from the Port of Everett.

By Professional Mariner Staff