Australia's Aluminium Marine is building an Incat Crowther designed environmentally responsible passenger catamaran.
The 26m long vessel has been commissioned by Southern Discoveries of New Zealand’s South Island to operate out of Queenstown, transferring passengers to isolated destinations on Lake Wakatipu. It will be constructed with a removable wheelhouse, allowing it to be carried overland by truck to the lake.
After a review of many design options, Incat Crowther was awarded the design contract on the basis of its ability to work within the tight parameters of the New Zealand government environmental consent. The vessel’s aesthetic was developed to integrate into Queenstown’s environment without compromising functionality or performance.
In the development of the hull form, fuel efficiency has been optimized whilst retaining passenger comfort, a robust structure and good engine serviceability. Due to the remote nature of the operation, specific attention was given to the development of durable systems.
The vessel features 170 seats, 127 being inside the main deck passenger cabin. A large bar and kiosk will provide concession service aft. The outboard seats are arranged in booths with tables. Large double doors provide access to the cabin from the large aft boarding gates. The aft main deck features overhead hangers for bicycles and three toilets. The upper deck features wheelhouse and 43 exterior seats.
The vessel will be powered by a pair of Yanmar 6HYM-WET main engines, rated at 478kW. Propulsion is via fixed pitch propellers to give a top speed in excess of 25 knots.