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Jeffboat, Incorporated of Jeffer- sonville, Ind., recently completed the luxury cruise vessel Newport

Clipper, first of its type ever built at the Indiana yard. Constructed for Clipper Cruise Line of St. Louis at a cost of about $9 million, the vessel will operate on seven-day cruises in areas along the U.S.

Eastern Seaboard. "Since we switched to Nylite, we haven't had a j line failure..."

Hal Blake. Port Captain/Barge Supervisor

Seaspan International Ltd i • fc I < J St p™ '"Ahl

Captains like Hal Blake have long faced the problem of the wire to rope connection. Metal thimbles are too heavy and can be dangerous for the crew to handle... so, the wire is choked to the rope eye knowing it will probably fail, usually at the worst time, under load.

The Samson Nylite Connector was designed to replace metal thimbles. Engineered from a self- lubricating material Nylite eliminates wear and chafe to synthetic rope eyes. They are light-weight, easy to use and can be installed or removed from a premade soft eye in just seconds, by anyone in the crew. And,

Nylite Connectors are strong. Each is load rated to match the high strengths of Samson rope without deforming or rupturing.

Over a year ago Samson introduced Nylite to

Seaspan and Captain Blake reports, "We haven't had a single tow-off line failure. In fact, apart from being soiled, the rope may well last another year."

Today, Nylite Connectors are working in a wide var- iety of heavy marine applications from supply vessel moorings and semi-submersible towing systems to inte- grated barge operations and deep-sea moorings. Let

Samson show you how Nylite could be working for you.

Ask our local Samson Distributor for a demonstration or write: Samson Nylite, 99M High Street, Boston,

MA 02110.

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Write tor Free guidelines on Care. Usage & Inspection of rope or tor a complete Rope Manual al $10 00 i

The hull of the Newport Clipper is constructed of V2-inch steel plate throughout except for the bow and stern which are 3/8-inch plate.

Gross tonnage is 100 and displace- ment 1,000 long tons. Overall length is 207 feet, beam amidships is 37 feet, and draft is IV2 feet.

Propulsion power is provided by two GM Detroit Diesel 12V-71 en- gines, each rated 480 bhp at 2,300 rpm, providing an average cruis- ing speed of 10 mph. The engines drive, through two Twin Disc 4.13:1 reverse/reduction gears, two Co- lumbian four-bladed, stainless steel propellers having a diameter of 48 inches and 39-inch pitch. The con- sole-mounted steering system sup- plied by SSI has full follow-up con- trol. An Omnithruster bow thruster is powered by a 200-hp electric motor.

Electric power is supplied by three 225-kw generators driven by

Detroit Diesel 12V-71 engines. The sanitation system is an Omnipure model RM812-27 type II. Raw water heat exchangers for engine cooling are mounted on each pro- pulsion and generator unit.

In addition to the usual VHF and SSB communications equip- ment, the vessel is fitted with two radars, satellite navigator, and

Loran C, all manufactured by


The Newport Clipper's four pas- senger decks contain 51 state- rooms, all outside and with large windows.


Moss Point Marine

The Nicor Clipper, believed to be the largest offshore workboat ever built in the U.S., was deliv- ered in the summer of 1983 by

Moss Point Marine of Escatawpa,

Miss., to Nicor Marine Inc. of New

Orleans. The vessel has an overall length of 254 feet, beam of 44 feet, and depth of 16 feet. A unique stern ramp fabricated by the builder gives her roll-on/roll-off capability for carrying containers.

The vessel is powered by twin

GM Electro-Motive Division 12- 567C diesels, each with an output of 1,400 bhp at 835 rpm, linked to

Falk reduction gears having a ra- tio of 2.968:1. Engine controls are by WABCO and engine monitor- ing by EMI. A Harbormaster BT- 550 bow thruster will provide ex- tra maneuverability around off- shore structures. Electric power is provided by a set of 150-kw Delco generators supplied by George En- gine Company.

The Clipper's capacities include 242,430 gallons of fuel oil, 24,780 gallons of fresh water, 1,300 bar- rels of liquid mud, and 6,000 cubic feet of dry bulk mud.

Electronic equipment, supplied and installed by Marine Electron- ics, include Furuno FR-1011 ra- dars, Stephens SEA 106 and Sailor

RT-144 radiotelephones, Texas In- strument TI 9000 Loran C, a Decca 801 satellite navigator, and Sperry gyrocompass and autopilot. 12

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