Blount M a r i n e To Build Ultramodern Dinner Boat

400-Passenger Vessel Based On New DesignThe Warren, Rhode Island, shipyard of Blount Marine Corporation has begun the construction of a new, ultramodern design 400-passenger dinner boat for Rentacruise, Inc.

To be called the Vista Jubilee, the passenger vessel is based on a new design unveiled by Luther H.

Blount, president of Blount Marine Corporation. The boat design was revealed at the recent annual NAPVO (National Association of Passenger Vessel Owners) convention in San Diego.

Marcia L. Blount, executive vice president, Blount Marine, referred to the new vessel as an "operator's boat." The new design incorporates a number of alterations as suggested by experienced shipboard restauranteurs and tour hosts.

Available in lengths from 114 to 145 feet, the vessel boasts a 39-foot beam, providing the luxury of space vital to the nature of the restaurant and entertainment business. The vessel is designed and certified to carry 450 to 600 passengers on lakes, bays, and sounds, and the final design for a 145-foot vessel may accommodate up to 800 passengers.

The new design will be offered in two versions by Blount, one of which will feature the Blount Marine bow ramp, enabling the vessel to dock at any facility as well as make shoreline landings. Both versions will be enhanced by a futuristic bow/window configuration affording panaramic views from the dining areas. Design and mechanical patents are pending for the bow/ window design, a split level bandstand and atrium, and other unique concepts.

The Vista Jubilee, which will have a length of 114 feet, beam of 39 feet and be able to accommodate over 400 passengers, is expected to be delivered in July 1989.

She will offer service from two new departure points in Providence, R.I., and Battleship Cove State Pier, Fall River, Mass., and Warren, R.I.

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