Blount to build Chicago tour boat

The following is the text of a news release from Blount Boats:

(WARREN, R.I.) — Blount Boats Inc. signed a contract on June 30 to build a 100-by-35-foot steel passenger boat for Shoreline Sightseeing Co. of Chicago, Ill. The new vessel was designed by Seacraft Design LLC of Sturgeon Bay, Wis.

The proposed 300-plus-passenger, Subchapter K vessel will operate as an architectural tour boat in partially protected waters. The vessel will be powered by twin Volvo D13 MH, 400-hp diesels with twin 65 kW John Deere generators, ZF W325 gearboxes, 2.933:1 ratio, and 44-inch-diameter, four-blade propellers.

This is the second vessel being built by Blount for Shoreline and delivery is slated for spring 2016.

By Professional Mariner Staff