Alaska welcomes lightweight whale-watching craft

by | 19th October 2023 | Ship & Boat International - News, Shipbuilding

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BRIX Marine has limited the catamaran's weight to about 14tonnes

Washingtonian boatbuilder BRIX Marine has delivered a custom-built aluminium catamaran to Alaska-based Allen Marine Whale Watching Tours. Based on BRIX Marine’s PaxCat class, Eagle features a length of 14.6m and a 5.5m beam, and has been constructed with 5086 alloy aluminium hull skins for enhanced durability in the choppy Alaskan waters. The builder reports that it managed to restrict Eagle’s lightship weight to approximately 14tonnes.

The boat features an extended T-transom with a webbed nylon gate, plus a spacious deck, framed on 26” centres, which provides unobstructed views. Meanwhile, the interior offers seating for up to 49 passengers, complete with armrests and storage for their personal belongings beneath. BRIX Marine adds: “The main cabin encompasses a full-width walk-through design, ensuring passengers can effortlessly access different vantage points while enjoying the journey.”

For additional passenger safety, Eagle has been fabricated with watertight bulkheads and watertight hinged hull access hulls, as well as a bilge system with float switches and high-water alarms. The cat is powered by four Suzuki engines, each rated 350hp (261kW), and carries a range of navcom systems, including Garmin GPSMAP 8612xsv MFD/sonar and AIS Class B transponder. The boat also features a “robust audio set-up,” BRIX Marine says.

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