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The 75-6" charter yacht PERRY CABIN (ex-JARU) has recently completed conversion to a United States Coast Guard Certified Passenger Vessel licensed to carry passengers for hire. She will operate as a corporate and private party yacht in Fort Lauderdale, Florida during the winter months, and in St. Nichaels, Maryland, on the Chesapeake Bay, during the summer months from the "Inn at Perry Cabin" Conference Center. Conversion plans and engineering, and stability test and calculations were furnished by DeJong & Lebet, Inc., Naval Architects, Jacksonville, Florida, who are noted for their design and consulting work in the field of Coast Guard Certified Passenger Vessels. Interior design and conversion project management was furnished by Plachter Interior Design of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, well known in the industry for their yacht interior design work.

The need to become a certified vessel was the result of recent increases in the boarding and "shut-down" of what the Coast Guard views as "illegal" bareboat charters. By becoming a certified vessel , the charter yacht is licensed and certified by the Coast Guard to carry "Passengers for Hire", with the added advantages of lower insurance costs and increased resale value of the vessel.

PERRY CABIN is a 1964 Trumpy, with Principal Dimensions of 75’—6" X 17—6" X 9’-3" X 3’-3" Draft. She is powered by a pair of GM6-11O engines, and is constructed completely of wood. She features three (3) areas accessible to guests; a large air conditioned main lounge and fantail lounge, a wide open Sun Deck with seating and sun lounge, and heads below decks.

Throughout the conversion, the main objective was to maintain the lines and "look" of a luxury yacht. It was understood that certain concessions to the high degree of safety required by the Coast Guard regulations would have to be made, such as on deck fire hose stations, increased and accessible lifesaving equipment, and increased rail heights. As the photograph illustrates, this objective was successfully accomplished through the combined efforts of DeJong & Lebet, Inc., and Plachter Interior Design. Several innovative design techniques were employed throughout the vessel in order to make these instaHations more subtle and less obtrusive.

The majority of the conversion work and inspection by the Coast Guard was carried out at dockside. rlajor items required to comply with Coast Guard regulations included installation of a bilge and fire main piping, installation of new toilets and holding tank, updating the electrical installations, making main bulkheads watertight, and additional safety and lifesaving equipment installation. The vessel also underwent a complete interior makeover, including floor and wall coverings, ceilings, galley and galley equipment, stairway to the upper deck, and enclosing of the fantail lounge. A full service bar was constructed out of teak in the fantail lounge. The vessel was also refitted with a full scope of new connunication and navigation electronics.

The conversion of PERRY CABIN also required drydocking the vessel , in order for the Coast Guard to inspect the underwater hull condition, shafting and rudders, and thru—hull connections. An additional sea—chest was added for the fire pump suction at that time.

The PERRY CABIN is certified to carry forty-nine (49) passengers on Lakes, Bays and  Sounds. The passenger capacity of the vessel was limited  in order to provide more room and comfort for the guests.

DeJong & Lebet, Inc., Naval Architects, has several other conversions of charter yachts to United States Coast Guard Certified Vessels underway in the Miami Inspection Zone, including a 93’ Trumpy and a 72’ steel yacht. Both vessels have already undergone stability tests and will be certified for one hundred forty-nine (149) passengers each.

Major suppliers for the conversion of PERRY CABIN included:

Naval Architects    Dejong & Lebet, Inc.  Jacksonville, Florida

Interior Design and Conversion Project Management  Plachter Interior Design Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Mechanical Systems Installation  CM Marine Service

Toilets   Rari tan

Electronics   Rich Electronics

Fire Pump   Crown Pump Company

Miscellaneous Pumps   Scott Marine

Water Pressure Sets Teel /Grai nger

Lifesaving and Miscellaneous Equipment    Eagle Marine Equipment Company












       This page last edited on  07/09/2010