Balehi Marine Converts Crewboat Into Party Charter Yacht 'Celebrity'

Balehi Marine, Inc. of Lacombe, La., recently converted a former crewboat, the Grandeur, into a yacht for use as a party charter boat in New York Harbor by Peter Mercurio of Leisure Yacht Sales.

The vessel, renamed the Celebrity, was stripped, a new steel superstructure added aft and an aluminum stateroom installed behind the pilothouse. It was rewired, piped and outfitted to yacht standards.

Extensive steel repairs were necessary because the hull had been extensively dented, as happens to crewboats in rough water service when loading crews and supplies up against oil rigs in heavy seas.

A complete new electronic package was installed, consisting of Raytheon radar and loran, Uniden VHF, Apelco hailer, Data Marine Fathometer, and Newmar Phone intercom.

The 100-foot-long Celebrity is USCG certificated for 149 passengers.

She is powered by two Caterpillar D-348 engines and two General Motors generators, one 40 kw and the other 30 kw. Speed is 20 mph.

The vessel, which is now like new, was bought and converted for less than $700,000, which is approximately one-fourth the coast of building a new, identical boat.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 4,  Apr 1989 Sardinia

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