60’ Bahamian Catamaran
Dolphin Encounters, Limited has taken delivery of a catamaran
passenger vessel designed by DeJong & Lebet, Inc., and built by Freeport
Shipbuilding II, Inc. This
all-aluminum, two-deck vessel will carry vacationers from
for the chance to swim with the dolphins or interact with dolphins in the Close
Encounters pool. The 60’x20’
vessel is powered by a pair of CAT 3406E engines rated at 535 HP each.
During sea trials, the vessel obtained speeds of 27 mph, which was 15%
more than the design speed.
Principal characteristics are as follows:
Draft (Full Load):
Fuel Oil Capacity: 500
Water Capacity: 100
Passenger Capacity: 180
Major equipment includes gears by ZF, steering by Hynautic.