Playa Del Carmen
In August, 1983, the Jacksonville Naval Architectural firm of DeJong St Lebet, Inc. signed a contract with Transportes Maratimos de Yucatan y del Caribe, S.A. to design a 121’ X 27’ Xli’ - 600 passenger ferry boat, to provide fast service between Cozumel and Playa del Carmen, in Mexico.
A combined effort with St. Augustine Trawlers, Inc., a St. Augustine, Florida based shipbuilder resulted in a mid-November delivery.
The vessel was further designed to receive passengers from visiting cruise ships while at anchor at sea. Special hull construction and a high degree of maneuverability make this operation possible in complete safety under most sea conditions.
Powered by three GM 12 V 92—TA engines rated at 600 shp each, the vessel obtained the required cruising speed of 15.7 knots.
Major characteristics, Equipments and Suppliers are as follows:
Length = 121'-0"
Beam, mid. = 27'-0"
Depth, amidships = 11'-0"
Draft (full load) = 6'-0"
Passenger Capacity = 600
Speed = 15.7 knots
Main Engines = 3-12v92-TA by Coastal Power Products
Reduction Gears = Twin Disc MG518 and MGN 80, 4.06 & 3.52:1
Generators Sets (2) = GM 3-71N engines with LIMA 30kW generators
Bow Thruster Engine = GM 3-71N model 1034-7002
Bow Thruster = Schottel Model S-51
Shafts = 4" Aquamet 18
Propellers = 48" 4-blade by Columbian Bronze
Air Supply Fans - Hartzell Model MDA-28 DL
Engine Controls - Kobelt
Capstan - New England Trawler Equipment Company 5=HP vertical Electric