Vessels: Munson Delivers 48-ft. PackCat

Thursday, April 24, 2003

Nikolski Fisherman's Association recently took delivery of this 48-ft. welded aluminum PACKCAT landing craft designed and built by the William E. Munson Company of Mount Vernon, Wash. The vessel is designed to transport 20-ft. shipping containers to and from Dutch Harbor to the remote island of Nikolski, 110 miles west in the Aleutian chain. Nikolski Fisherman's Association will use the vessel to transport the containers loaded with construction materials to build their new fishing lodge, as well as for general purpose cargo hauling to and from Dutch.

The 9.5-ft. wide bow door and 34-ft. long open cargo deck are outfitted with heavy duty deck rollers for offloading containers on the beach with a backhoe. Twin Mercruiser 7.3L 270 hp diesels with Bravo 2 sterndrives provide a 35 mph top speed. The vessel features a Yamaha 2600 genset, Furuno 16 radar w/ interfaced GPS, davit w/ 12V winch and bow anchor pulpit.

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