Aluminum Boats Delivers High-Speed Crew/Utility Vessel To A&P Boats

The 115-foot Oriole, built by Aluminum Boats, Inc. of Crown Point, La. for A&P Boat Rentals of Cut Off, La., gives new meaning to the term "crew/utility vessel." the allaluminum, triple-screw boat can not only haul 63 people, 30 long tons of cargo, and 12,000 gallons of rig water; it can also fight off-ship fires with a 700-gpm monitor mounted aft. When not carrying rig water, she can haul up to 80 tons of cargo on her spacious aft deck.

The new vessel has a beam of 24 feet and depth of 9'/£ feet. She is powered by three Detroit Diesel 12V71TI engines developing a total of 1,530 bhp. They drive Federal 36- inch propellers via Twin Disc MG- 514 reverse/reduction gears with a ratio of 2.5:1. Two Delco 40-kw generators driven by Detroit 3-71 diesels provide electrical power for ship's service and wheelhouse electronics.

Compressed air for starting the main engines, the generator sets, and the Morse engine control system is provided by two Quincy 208 VAC units. A Demming pressure set supplies the galley, heads, shower, drinking fountain, and deck and engine room taps. A Raritan masserator sanitation system is installed for pollution control.

The pilothouse is equipped with two electro-hydraulic steering stations, with one facing aft for backdown on rigs. Stainless steel hydraulic tubing is used throughout the boat.

The off-ship fire-fighting system, unusual for a crewboat, consists of a keel-cooled Detroit Diesel 3-53 engine driving a Hale 700-gpm pump at 150 psi through an Elkhart 292 monitor. A feature of this system is its portability; when not in use the monitor can be stowed to avoid damage while loading and unloading cargo. It features an easy on/off coupler to allow quick connect for rapid response to any emergency.

Passenger and crew comfort is aided by eight tons of customdesigned, keel-cooled air conditioning.

The maintenance-free system, designed by South Lafourche Air Conditioning Service, utilizes Copelomatic compressors and condensers that are keel-cooled by 120 feet of aluminum piping.

N a v i g a t i o n / c o m m u n i c a t i o ns equipment includes a Sitex/Koden Loran C; Sperry autopilot, compass, and rudder angle indicator; Furuno 701 and 711 radars, Datamarine depth sounder; Standard Horizon VHF radio; and Motorola SSB radio.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 12,  Sep 1985

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