MARCH 11, 2017 — Vallejo, CA, based Moose Boats has been awarded a contract for the construction of a series of 75-foot semi-displacement USCG Subchapter-T passenger aluminum catamaran crewboats for Westar Marine Services in San Francisco, CA.
Production of the first vessel will begin this spring.
Propulsion will be by twin Volvo D13 turbo diesel engines with Volvo IPS3 drives, giving a service speed of 25 knots and exceptional close quarters maneuverability.
Engine, steering and joystick maneuvering controls in both the raised pilothouse and the upper level aft steering station will provide captains with optimal visibility for bow and stern operations.
The vessels will be capable of carrying 28 passengers and 20,000 lb of cargo to and from anchorages and piers within San Francisco Bay, San Pablo Bay and the Sacramento River Delta as well as offshore.
Women-owned and operated Westar Marine Services has been headquartered in San Francisco since 1976 with a Seattle operation for the past five years offering services including marine construction support, tank barge assist and escort, specialty barge services, ship stores deliveries, and water taxi services.
The new vessels will allow Westar to expand its cargo and passenger carrying capabilities for its wide and varied customer base.
Moose Boats designed the cabin superstructure and general arrangement of the vessels in-house with collaborative input from Westar.
Incat Crowther in Lafayette, LA, will provide naval architecture services for the final design and USCG Subchapter-T compliance.
Moose Boats says that the contract to build the 75-foot catamarans demonstrates the synergy created from its September 2016 acquisition by Lind Marine.
The Lind/Moose merger has also introduced a new production facility with deep-water access on Mare Island's Naval Shipyard in Vallejo, CA expanding Moose Boats' capabilities to add larger commercial craft into its product line.