On the 12th of June the Lake Chelan Ferry will be able to begin operation. Notice the surplus Airbus seats.
Salty cat is about to be splashed
I found a picture of the new Lake Chelan ferry taken during sea trials.
It was loaded down with about 8000 lbs. of sandbags, which was to simulate 32 passengers and a ton of cargo. It did the required 20 knots, but I thought it should have been able to do better. It still could.
The pair of 200 hp. outboards were still new and weren’t pushed exceed 4000 rpm. The props had not been experimented with.
There was substantial water sloshing around in the bilges. The roll and tip bottom paint application was never tipped. The surface was like sandpaper. The owner can wet-sand the hulls. And finally, there were a few divots below the waterline that could be filled next haul-out.
The MV Bluebird is undergoing seat trials on Lake Victoria now. It is built from developed plywood/epoxy, with lots of core on flat surfaces. The whole thing went over in several containers after it was built near Seattle. I will be offering an option that is not quite as wide and a little lighter also.
https://www.facebook.com/EWFerries# I see this link only works in Face now. If it gets onto Youtube, I will grab it.
Is it possible that Kamanu is 30 now? I did the working drawings in ’84 I remember. Am pretty sure it was launched by Schooner Creek Boatworks in ’85. http://kamanu.com
Cylinder molded developed plywood/epoxy. My first USCG certified passenger cat. Am sure Derek will froth if he hears about a 30 year old CM cat still going out every day.
64′ daycharter cat out of Kauai. Look at how little wake at just under 30 knots. 65 pax.
I think I had part of this long ago from the local sailing magazine, but here it is from the guys themselves.