The following is the text of a news release from Blount Boats:
(WARREN, R.I.) — Blount Boats has delivered M/V Skyview to Shoreline Sightseeing of Chicago. One hundred feet long with a maximum beam of 35 feet, the steel Subchapter K passenger vessel is certified to carry up to 318 passengers and will operate as an architectural tour boat in partially protected waters. It was designed by Seacraft Design LLC.
The vessel is powered by twin Volvo D13 MH 400-hp diesels with twin 65-kW John Deere generators, with ZF W325 gearboxes, 2.933:1 ratio, supplied and commissioned by Allemand Industries of Harvey, La. The vessel is also equipped with twin 44-inch diameter, four-blade propellers and Kobelt steering.
The vessel was specifically designed with a recessed pilothouse to meet the air draft requirements for navigating the waterways of Chicago. Special features include handcrafted mahogany doors, railings and bench seating, a full-service bar, 20-keg beer cooler, women's and men’s heads (heated), a 430-pound ice machine and air conditioning. M/V Skyview is the second vessel built by Blount for Shoreline Sightseeing.