Blount Boats to Build Chicago Tour Boat

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

December 14, 2015

Image: Blount Boats

Image: Blount Boats

Blount Boats, Inc. has been contracted to build a 100- x 35-foot steel passenger ferry boat for Shoreline Sightseeing Co., Chicago, Ill.
The proposed 300-plus passenger, Sub-Chapter K vessel was designed by Seacraft Design, LLC, Sturgeon Bay, Wisc. And will operate as an architectural tour boat in partially protected waters. The shipbuilding contract was signed on June 30
The vessel is the second being built by Blount for Shoreline, and delivery is slated for spring 2016.
The vessel will be powered by twin Volvo D13 MH, 400hp diesels with twin 65 kW John Deere generators, ZF W325 gearboxes, 2.933:1 ratio and 44” diameter, four-blade propellers.
The Vessel will have the following particulars:
Length overall, molded 100’
Length between Perpendiculars (draft marks) 97’-6”
Beam, molded 35’
Depth amidships, molded 7’-6”
Displacement, light ship Approx. 150 long tons
Displacement, fully loaded Approx. 200 long tons
Draft amidships, light ship 3’-8”
Draft amidships, fully loaded 4’-3”
Air draft, min./ max 14’-2”/ 14’-9”
Passenger capacity, main deck (fixed seating) 300+
Fuel Oil capacity 1,800 gallons
Potable water capacity 1,500 gallons
Holding tank capacity 1,500 gallons
Propulsion Two Volvo D13 MH, 400 BHP @ 1,800 RPM
With ZF W325 gearboxes, 2.933:1 ratio
44” diameter 4-blade propellers
Speed, maximum at full load (approximate) 11 knots
Certification USCG Subchapter K
Route Partially Protected waters/ Limited Coastwise
Classification none
Gross tonnage (US Regulatory) < 100
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