Bay Weld’s new Alaska landing craft

The aluminum-hulled North Cape under construction at Bay Weld’s facility at Homer, Ak.
The aluminum-hulled North Cape under construction at Bay Weld’s facility at Homer, Ak.
The aluminum-hulled North Cape under construction at Bay Weld’s facility at Homer, Ak.

Bay Weld Boats of Homer, Ak., has delivered North Cape, a 36-foot, purpose-built aluminum landing craft, to the adventure tourism company, Coldwater Alaska Boats, which provides water taxi services, wildlife tours, and freight runs to the remote locations around the Cook Inlet.

The 19-ton vessel has an aluminum catamaran hull that draws only 18 inches of water, a raised, heated pilot house with Diamond Sea Glaze bonded windows and room for dry cargo stowage, and a set of forward steering controls.

The Coast Guard-certified vessel is equipped with a joystick-controlled Dometic Marine’s SeaStar’s Optimus electronic power steering package and a Garmin electronics suite that features two screens and a pair of VHF radios. 

North Cape can accommodate up to 23 passengers and two crew and is powered by twin Yamaha 300 hp. outboard motors that can push the craft at a top speed of 38 knots. 

Cruising speeds average between 22 and 25 knots. 

Its two fuel tanks hold a total of 390 gals. of fuel. 

The boat’s 13.5-foot  x 11.5-foot deck space forward has a capacity of 4,600 lbs. and is equipped with a 5 foot-wide landing ramp. 

Dependent on the client’s needs, “the landing craft platform serves as a great tool for spearfishing trips or lowering the gate for photography trips to get lower to the surface of the water,” a Bay Weld representative said.

Based in Homer, Ak., Bay Weld was founded in 1974 and specializes in designing and building custom, U.S. Coast Guard-certified sport and commercial boats, landing craft, barges, law enforcement craft, and passenger vessels operating specifically in Alaskan waters.