Boat of the Month: Moore Shallow Shuttle 23
Moore Boat LLC recently delivered the first of three all new aluminum Moore Shallow Shuttle 23 RIB’s to Seacrets, Jamaica USA after the vessel’s successful completion of various sea trials and the U.S. Coast Guard’s final simplified stability test. Designed in house with the assistance of CDI Marine’s Band Lavis Division, the Shallow Shuttle is a unique water taxi with a Coast Guard small passenger (subchapter T) approved capacity of fourteen (twelve passengers, Captain and one Mate). The vessel has been designed to operate in the shallows of the Assawoman Bay efficiently moving patrons from other vessels to the beach of Seacrets, a large entertainment complex located in Ocean City, MD.
The Moore Shallow Shuttle 23, the first of a new series of boats from OceanCity-based Moore Boat, utilizes a full 5086 aluminum hull form boasting a 0.5” keel and a heavily reinforced, six chamber inflated collar. Powered by a single gas Mercury Sport Jet, the boat is capable of speeds approaching 40 miles per hour with the unique ability to transverse sandbars with depths as shallow as 4 inches. Notably – statically and lightship – the boat has a draft of only 10 inches.
Intended as a purpose-built water taxi and boasting a very stable platform, the vessel offers a central ergonomic focused helm, bench seating with storage, leaning helm seat, and abundant lighted storage. Within the small helm, the life ring, throw line and man overboard strobe have been integrated to save space and aid in rapid deployment. The motor box is gas-assist, allowing for easy servicing of the vessel’s mechanics. The bilge air exhaust plenum is illuminated and constitutes just one of the many highlighted details of the build. The Shallow Shuttle has been Coast Guard approved to be constructed with a full canopy built over occupants, should the customer deems that necessary.
Moore Boat LLC creates vessels and hull forms that fill a void in the marketplace. Capable of operating in shallow areas – with particular emphasis on the inland waterways where dredging is at best spotty, and knowing the challenged ability of local waterways to secure funding for dredging in an atmosphere that rewards cargo tonnage and not necessarily need – Moore Boats are designed and perform well in shallow water while remaining more than capable in more challenging sea states. The Moore Shallow Shuttle 23 embodies that corporate philosophy.
(As published in the March 2015 edition of Marine News - http://magazines.marinelink.com/Magazines/MaritimeNews)