Blount Delivers 425-Passenger Dinner Cruise Vessel 'Riveranda'

Blount Marine Corporation of Warren, R.I. has announced the recent delivery to New York City of the 145-foot, U.S. Coast Guardapproved, 425-passenger dinner cruise vessel, Riveranda.

The vessel was designed and constructed for World Yacht Enterprises, Ltd., of New York, and is a close sistership to the Spirit of Philadelphia, delivered earlier this year.

Passenger capacity has been limited to 425 to provide an atmosphere of spacious luxury. The Riveranda will seat a total of 350 in two carpeted air-conditioned dining rooms and will accommodate dinner parties on both main decks plus an open air third deck in good weather. This deck has a raised platform deck for additional dining, dancing, and sightseeing.

Both enclosed decks feature a complete bar with third deck facilities for a portable bar. All equipment was designed and installed to enhance the interior and exterior appearance as well as lower the sound level throughout the boat.

While the primary purpose of the vessel is deluxe dinner cruises, the Riveranda will serve wedding receptions, social functions, and as a conveyance for corporate gatherings.

Main propulsion is provided by two General Motors 8V-92 diesel engines, and ship's power is provided by two 125-kw generators.

Steering is Wagner Hydraulic with an optional job lever control. A Morse heavy-duty single-lever twin-control head system is used for engine rpm and gearing. The large galley is equipped for complete preparation of meals comparable to the finest of restaurants.

Other pilothouse equipment includes a Furuno radar, Polaris Regency VHF radio, Wagner rudder angle indicator, Ritchie 5-inch compass, automatic fog horn timer, air windshield wiper and an intership talk back system. A complete main deck-controlled stereo and public address system with optional individual deck control is also installed.

The arrival in New York of the Riveranda will be the second Blount built dinner boat operating in New York Harbor. The first vessel of the long line of Blountdesigned cabaret style restaurant vessels has been operating in the harbor for many years.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 17,  Aug 1984

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