Washburn & Doughty Associates launched a 186 ft. offshore casino vessel for Cajun Express, Inc., of Boston, Mass. Hull 65, yet to be named, is the largest vessel built by Washburn & Doughty, edging out 185-ft., Great Point, an 800-passenger vessel running from Hyannis, Mass.
The new vessel is a lengthened and widened version of 162-ft. Big M Casino, which was delivered to Cajun Express in July, 1996, and now operates out of Fort Myers, Fla.
Specifically designed to handle offshore conditions with heavy gaming equipment on board, Hull 65 measures 186 x 38 ft., with a 7.5 ft. draft. It will carry a minimum of 500 passengers and 72 crew.
The vessel's anticipated running speed is 15 knots, making for a quick trip to gaming waters. It will be powered by two Caterpillar (CAT)
3508B DIT main engines rated at 1,100 bhp each at 1,800 rpm.
Manueverability will be enhanced by an American Bow Thruster TRAC SERIES dual propeller, 28 in. diameter unit, powered by a 200 hp variable frequency electric motor.