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The 1000-passenqer Dinner Cruise/ Excursion vessel GOODTIME III was recently delivered to Goodtime Cruise Line, Cleveland, Ohio. This 151’ x 38’ vessel was designed by DeJong & Lebet, Inc., Naval Architects, Jacksonville, Florida to provide for maximum seating capacity for excursion service, while retaining enough open space for the dinner cruise arrangement. Capt. Jim Fryan, President of Goodtime Cruise Line, needed a larger boat to replace an existing 95’ 450—passenger vessel. Since his business was divided between excursion and dinner cruise business, it was important to expand on both parts of the existing business.

The large bonus of being able to advertise a 1000-passenger vessel was very important to Capt. Fryan’s plans. DeJong & Lebet, Inc. performed critical preliminary weight calculations, as well as employing innovative weight saving construction techniques, in order to ensure the final passenger capacity was met. Most vessels in the 150’ length range are 600—passenger vessels. The 000DTIME III stands in a class by herself with this 1000 passenger capacity. She is USCG certified under subchapter T, for partially protected waters service.

The vessel is constructed of all—welded steel, and was built by Leevac Shipyards, Jennings, LA. State-of—the-art computer aided design and steel cutting at the yard produced a vessel of excellent steel construction techniques and quality.

GOODTIME III features 3 passenger decks; an enclosed Main Deck with galley forward, open sided 2nd Deck with covered overhead and forward wind screen enclosure, and fully open 3rd Deck. Each deck features a centrally located bar, which are all connected by a 500# capacity dumbwaiter. The dumbwaiter lower stop is a below decks storeroom, which contains a 630 cu.ft. walk— in cooler.

The Main Deck Lounge is served by a service galley forward. All meals are prepared off the vessel by a caterer, with final preparation and warming in the service galley.

Two large restrooms are located on the Main Deck Aft, with smaller heads on the 2nd Deck. The 3rd Deck features a raised pilothouse deck, with extra wide pilothouse, and wing stations.

Aft of the pilothouse is a ship’s office with private head. The office also accesses the dumbwaiter. Other design features of the GOODTIME III include:

1) Contemporary raked bow stem and sleek bow lines

2) ultra low flush new generation household toilets for maximum sewage capacity, without using complex ‘marine" heads

3) 434 Fixed seats for excursion service

4) Heated and air conditioned Main Cabin, Pilothouse and office

                              5) Extra high Main and 2nd Deck ceilings

The GOODTIME III is powered by a pair of KT-l9M Cummins diesels, developing 425 HP 6 1800 RPM, connected to Twin Disc MG—516 reverse/reduction gears, turning 54" diameter 4—bladed propellers. The propellers are furnished by Bird-Johnson/Alabama. Electric power is supplied by two (2) Cummins 6BTA 100KW generator sets. The vessel is equipped with a 150 HP Schottel Bow Thruster, powered by a Cummins, 6BT engine, through a Borg—Warner reduction gear.

All engines are keel cooled through Walters Machine Co. spiral tube coolers. This was necessary because of the Zebra Mussel problem plaguing The Great Lakes System, clogging raw water systems, heat exchangers, ship hulls, shore side power and water plants, etc. For this reason, all water—cooled refrigeration and air conditioning feature special Cu-Ni coils.

The GOODTIME III made a 4-week journey from the shipyard up the Atlantic Coast, into the St. Lawrence Seaway, and finally into the Great Lakes and the final destination of Cleveland. The vessel will under go outfitting, interior finishing and galley installation over the winter, and begin operations in the spring of 1991.

Major suppliers in the GOODTIME III construction project:

Naval Architects DeJong & Lebet, Inc., Jacksonville, Fl.
Builder Leevac Shipyards
Engines Cummins— Ohio
Propellers Bird-Johnson, Alabama
Bow Thruster  Schottel of America
Air Conditioning Carrier
Steering System Skipper Hydraulics
Controls MMC Micro-Commander
Keel Coolers  Walters Machine Co.
Dumbwaiter   Montgomery Elevators
Toilets Mansfield "Quantum"
       This page last edited on  07/09/2010