Canal Boats Delivers Texas Water Taxi

Thursday, July 15, 2004
Canal Boats, Inc. has delivered six 50-passenger water taxis for service on The Woodlands Waterway in Texas. Texas Water Taxi has a contract with The Brazos Transit District to provide waterborne transit service along the 1.25 mile corridor. The corridor services a regional mall, offices, residential, a concert pavilion and a convention center.

The 35-ft. fiberglass boats have a beam of 11.5 ft., draft of 2.5 ft. and are built to USCG plans. They are powered by twin 5 hp Ray Electric Outboard motors and provide a service speed of up to 7 mph. The battery banks are replenished by 60-volt, 40-amp, electronic battery chargers powered by an Onan 21 kW diesel generator, which also powers the five 15,000 BTU Coleman air conditioners. Steering is Teleflex No-Feedback and the motor controls are from Ray Electric Outboard. The boats may also be reconfigured for onboard dining for up to 24 people. The unique window design allows for full ventilation and maximum visibility. Canal Boats, Inc. has built more than 30 small passenger vessels up to 149-passenger capacity. The company builds to USCG Subchapter T specifications with designs in small ferries, water taxis and excursion boats. All boats available with various propulsion options – 360-degree steerable drive - and can be powered by gas, diesel, electric or hybrid-electric.

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