New York Water Taxi has accepted the delivery of Mickey Murphy
- the first in a series of 53-ft. (16.1 m) passenger ferries constructed by Derecktor Shipyards. The bright yellow boats, which sport a black and white checkered trim, they will enhance waterborne transportation
for New York City residents, as well as the millions of tourists that visit the major attractions on the West Side, Lower Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn Waterfront each year.
Designed by Nigel Gee & Associates
, the new Water Taxi is powered by two Detroit Diesel Series 60 engines, providing 600 hp at 2,100 rpm via Twin Disc gears. It is an all-aluminum catamaran with a low-wake hull and a top speed of 25 knots carrying 54 seated passengers. A bow-loader type, the vessel allows the passengers to disembark directly from the bow into the cabin located on the main deck. In addition, an ADA ramp allows easy access for wheelchairs, which are accommodated in various spaces throughout the cabin.
Able to hold 75 passengers, the vessel boasts 54 seats designed by Beurteaux, situated back-to-back so that passengers can enjoy panoramic views of the city during their ride. The vessel's open top deck has a removable seating arrangement for use in excursions and summer cruises.