Brix Marine delivers water taxi to Klahoose First Nation

(PORT ANGELES, Wash.) — Brix Marine recently delivered the newest installment of its PAXCAT portfolio, the 32-by-12-foot catamaran Goat 1, to the Qathen Xwegus Management Corp. (QXMC).

QXMC is the business arm of the Klahoose First Nation, located on Cortes Island, British Columbia. The corporation, whose activities include forestry, aquaculture, tourism and retail, operates the 12-passenger vessel as a water taxi. A traditional cedar brushing ceremony marked the vessel’s arrival at Klahoose Wilderness Resort in September.

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“This process took more than a year going from design to delivery, but we couldn’t be happier,” said QXMC General Manager Bruno Pereira. “We were looking for a quality custom build, and working with Charlie Crane and the Brix team allowed us to make our vision happen. Our new water-taxi business could not start on a better foot.”

Chief Kevin Peacey added, “I couldn’t be prouder to own this new vessel and operate this new business. It’s exciting to see our team establishing strategic foundations for future generations of the Klahoose Nation.”

Powered by twin Volvo Penta D4 270-hp engines with Aquamatic DPI outdrives, Goat 1 will provide quick and efficient transport throughout Desolation Sound. The 3212-CTC model’s full walk-around configuration, combined with two side boarding doors port and starboard, allows for safe passenger access from stem to stern. A heated cabin, exterior-accessed head, and 12 individual passenger seats ensure comfort.

Brix Marine’s PAXCAT portfolio is a line of aluminum catamarans up to 52 feet in length ready to be custom designed to each owner’s requirements.

– Brix Marine

By Rich Miller