Blount Marine Delivers Deutz-Powered Cruise Vessel

Blount Marine Corporation of Warren, R.I., recently delivered the cruise vessel Pacific Northwest Explorer to Alaska/Pacific Boat Company of Seattle. The 143-foot vessel incorporates many novel features not usually found in a boat of this size.

While built under U.S. Coast Guard Subchapter T regulations, the vessel was so constructed that it meets most of Subchapter H requirements also. The Explorer was issued a Certificate allowing operation on an international voyage between San Diego and San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico; voyages between Point Conception, Calif., and the Mexican Border; also the waters between Puget Sound, Washington, and Cape Spencer, Alaska. A loadline certificate was issued by the American Bureau of Shipping. On overnight voyages, 90 passengers may be carried; on other than overnight trips, 125 persons are allowed.

There are 41 a t t r a c t i v e ly equipped cabins, each with complete facilities. Deluxe cabins include a convertible unit used as a table-settee during the day that can be converted to a bed for the use of an additional passenger if desired. A c o m f o r t a b l e lounge area is served by a Blount-patented Vista View bow window.

The Explorer is powered by two Deutz model BF716 diesel en- Comgines, each developing 750 bhp.

Electrical power is furnished by three Deutz diesel generators providing a total of 240 kw. Steering is by an electrohydraulic system manufactured by Wagner. A 110- hp PSI hydraulic bow thruster aids in m a n e u v e r i n g in close areas.

A completely equipped galley modeled after the efficient galleys on the new l o n g - d i s t a n ce trains serves the well-appointed dining area that accommodates all passengers at one sitting. The freezer and refrigerator capacity, coupled with two Sand & Sea freshwater evaporators producing up to 1,500 gallons a day, permit the Explorer to operate for extended periods with little shore support. The Omnipure sewage disposal system that features fast treatment of waste permits a smaller holding tank than normally would be required.

The Pacific Northwest Explorer is the fourth mini-cruise vessel designed and built by Blount Marine Corporation, a pioneer in the field. After construction of several smaller vessels, Blount built t h e 2 2 - s t a t e r o om Mount Hope, t h e 3 2 - s t a t e r o om New Shoreham, and the 36-stateroom New Shoreham II, and now the Explorer. The former New Shoreham was sold to Alaska/Pacific Boat Company, and is now being operated in Alaskan service.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 43,  Feb 15, 1981

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