The Big M Casino, Inc of Fort Myers, Fla., has awarded a contract to Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Panama City, Florida to construct a casino vessel
. The as yet unnamed vessel will join the existing vessel, Royal Gambler
, in providing offshore casino services to the Fort Myers market. The vessel was designed by John W. Gilbert and Associates, a prominent naval architect firm located in Hingham, Massachusetts.
The interior design will be performed by Bauer Interiors of New Orleans, Louisiana.Bauer Interiors is one of the best-known companies in design, traffic and ergonomics of casino vessels. The vessel is 186 ft. long with a beam of 38 ft. and a molded depth of 11.5 ft., and depending on conditions, will have a loaded draft of 8 ft. She will accommodate 600 passengers plus a crew of 72.
The new vessel will be powered by two Caterpillar 3508B DIT Main Engines, which produce 1,100 hp @1,800 rpm. The main engines are coupled to a pair of Twin Disc MG-5301-DC 4. reduction gears with a 6 to 1 ratio. Electric power will be supplied by two Caterpillar 3408 DITA generators, which each produce 370 kW @ 1,800 rpm
Keel Coolers will be provided by R. W. Fernstrum, Steering & Engine Controls will be Kobelt, and a 200 hp bow thruster will be supplied by American Bow Thruster. The vessel is scheduled to be launched September, 2004 with Delivery scheduled for December, 2004.