Armstrong Marine, Inc. Produces Displacement Catamaran - Some Assembly Required
The Kodiak Brown Center of Kodiak, AK (www.kodiakbrownbearcenter.com) approached Armstrong Marine, Inc. with a unique opportunity. The center needed a bear viewing boat to navigate the deep waters of Karluk Lake- a body of water accessible only by airlift and canoe. To get a six-passenger catamaran designed and built to suit this application, Armstrong collaborated with master yacht designer Scott Jutson. The result is a 30’ x 11’ displacement catamaran with the ability to be carried in three pieces via helicopter.
The catamaran comfortably holds six passengers with bench seats lining both the port and starboard side of the cabin. The cushions lift to reveal storage bins with space for life jackets and other gear. The fore deck can be boarded using the port and starboard doors or from the beach with the hydraulic drop bow ramp. The small deck aft of the walk through cabin has a “T” transom and aluminum tow post. The 115HP Yamaha outboard engines push the displacement vessel at a cruising speed of 17 knots and a top speed of 23 knots.
Sea trials in the Port Angeles, WA harbor were a success, and the vessel headed north to Alaska on a Samson barge. Upon arrival, Armstrong sent a team of two employees to disassemble the boat and prepare the segments for flight. Each demi-hull, motor attached, was flown to the shore of the lake where they sat in welded jigs waiting for the cabin (the third lift) to arrive. After using the helicopter to place the cabin back on the catamaran, the boat was successfully reassembled and launched. The vessel is used by the Kodiak Brown Bear Center to take guests and photographers on wildlife viewing expeditions.
Please contact Armstong Marine, Inc. for more information.
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