Pacific Maritime Magazine - Marine Business for the Operations Sector

Catamaran Round Up: Builders Strive for Lower Weight and Lower Wake


August 1, 2018

The 73-foot whale watcher Saratoga, designed for low fuel consumption at high speeds, is powered by four Tier 3 Scania D16 diesel engines. Photo courtesy of All American Marine.

In 2018, Washington shipyards are continuing to produce a range of high-speed aluminum catamarans from 65 to 96 feet long for fast transit, wilderness cruises and whale-watching. The international architects from Australia and New Zealand who specialize in this type of craft have all been refining hull shapes by tank and full-size testing to reduce fuel consumption and motion, which also results in a lower wake – an important feature in many harbors. There is also a second trend to reduce weight in the superstructure by using composite wall panels that also improve insulation and appearan...

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