Unique High-Speed Catamaran Delivered By Nichols Brothers

A hallmark event for Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Freeland, Wash., was the recent christening of the M/V Klondike, a unique 72-foot high-speed catamaran built for Yukon River Cruises of Alaska. The first of its kind to be built in the U.S., the vessel, which can carry 210 passengers, is powered by two Caterpillar 3412 TA main engines (Niigata 2.5:1 reverse reduction gear) and can reach a cruise speed of 28 knots.

The hull and superstructure was specially designed by Nichols Brothers to allow for convenient landings on the banks of the Yukon where the vessel will cruise next year. Until then, after carrying passengers between Long Beach and Catalina Island during the Los Angeles Olympics, it will move to San Francisco for a season of dinner cruises.

On hand to celebrate its maiden voyage was designer, Philip Hercus of International Catamarans, Australia, as well as 150 passengers from the government and private sectors invited to enjoy the ride to Seattle. A rubber buffer positioned between the hull and passenger cabin ensured a smooth, quiet ride. Deluxe appointments include two carpeted decks, upholstered seating, oversized windows for outdoor viewing, gift shop, and full bar and galley.

A second 72-foot catamaran was scheduled for delivery in August.

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