Advanced Whale Watching Vessel Delivered
Australian naval architect and engineering service firm Incat Crowther announced the delivery of Spirit of Migaloo II, a 24m Catamaran Whale Watch vessel, built by Aluminium Marine in Queensland, to be operated by Seaworld Cruises.
The provider of engineering service specializing in catamaran and monohull designs said in a release that drawing on the latest Aluminium Marine-built Incat Crowther vessels, Spirit of Migaloo II is specifically configured for optimum viewing during whale watch trips, with an amazing on-board Whale Theater and upper deck side access that helps the operator offer an uncrowded, personalized and immersive experience.
According to the company, the main deck features a lifting platform on the stern for water level viewing of aquatic wildlife. The platform has wide access stairs connecting it to the aft main deck. The main deck cabin seats 100 passengers in booth configuration. Three toilets are located on the aft main deck, with one handicap accessible.
A large access leads to the foredeck with its multi-tiered grandstand. To port is a set of stairs from the foredeck to the mid deck, allowing a flow of passengers around the vessel. The mid deck cabin is open to the wheelhouse, with a wine bar and 34 lounge seats.
A further 24 seats are fitted on the sheltered aft deck, whilst stairs lead to the roof deck with seats for 40 pax. An additional toilet is also located on the mid deck, it said.
Spirit of Migaloo II is powered by twin Yanmar 6HYM-WET main engines, delivering 478kW each. Drive is through fixed-pitch propellers. Her service speed of 25 knots is achieved at modest engine load.
Incat Crowther has a long-standing relationship with Aluminium Marine, with Spirit of Migaloo II being the nineteenth product of the partnership. Further projects are already under development, with announcements in the near future.