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Service Marine To Build

Dinner/Excursion Boat

For Chicago Firm

Service Marine Industries, Inc., a full service shipyard located at

Amelia, La., has been awarded a contract by Premier Yachts, Chica- go, 111., to design and build a 175- foot megayacht dinner/excursion boat.

Premier Yachts will operate the vessel, the M/V Odyssey, which will have a beam of 37 feet and draft of 11 feet, from the Navy Pier in Chi- cago. The managing partners, Mike

Higgins and Roy Sanders, plan to offer what they call a true yacht- ing experience, with specially pre- pared food served at the guests' tables, as well as live entertainment and music.

Service Marine worked closely with the managing partners to de- velop the megayacht appearance of the boat, which they felt was neces- sary to carry out their theme of on- board yacht dining. While similar to the European styling of their pre- viously built boats, Service Marine has carried the first cabin of the

Odyssey forward to the bow and has stepped the second cabin back more.

Guests will enter the boat at the stern of the second deck and can be directed to any one of the three decks while still maintaining the privacy of the other decks. The boat will have the galley located in the bow on the first deck, in order to facilitate food service. The clear head height in the cabins will ap- proach eight feet, which Service

Artist's conception of the 800-passenger excursion boat Odyssey, which will be built by

Service Marine Industries, Inc., Amelia, La.

Marine believes is necessary to pro- vide the passengers with a feeling of spaciousness.

Service Marine has designed the boat for 800 passengers with a U.S.

Coast Guard stability and safety certificate to operate in partially protected water.

The Odyssey will be powered by two Caterpillar 3408 DITA main en- gines, which are rated at 470 bhp each at 1,800 rpm. The generator sets will consist of two Caterpillar 3406T diesels with two 250-kw gen- erators. The port generator will have a power takeoff running a hy- draulic pump which will power a 150-hp bowthruster. The engines and generators were supplied by the

Holt Company.

For passenger comfort, 73 tons of

Carrier air conditioning equipment, supplied by Harris Refrigeration, will be installed.

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Cummins-Powered Aluminum Boat

Delivered By Argo Marine

For Logging Operation

The 29-foot, 12-passenger Ootsa

Ranger, powered by twin Cummins engines and Hamilton waterjets, was recently delivered by British

Columbia, Canada, builder Argo

Marine Ltd. to Alcan Smelters &

Chemicals Ltd., Kitimat, B.C. The vessel will be used to ferry loggers to timber harvesting sites.

The Ootsa Ranger, a new design boat for Argo Marine, a busy builder of aluminum workboats and fish- boats, is powered by Cummins 6BTA5.9-M diesels rated at 250 hp at 2,600 rpm. The six-cylinder, in- line engines are coupled with Borg

Warner marine transmissions and 10-inch Hamilton 271 pumps.

During sea trials with a simulated full load of fuel and passengers, the

Ootsa Ranger hit a top speed of 31.7 knots, reported Lome Smith,

Argo Marine's owner. "The boat was designed to have a top speed loaded in the 30- to 32- knot range," he said. "It's a fast boat."

The Ootsa Ranger will operate on the 100-mile-long Nechako Reser- voir in British Columbia. She will be used to ferry about 10 loggers to and from harvesting sites, which range as far as 60 miles from the boat's base of operations.

In a novel operation that has been underway for about 10 years, Alcan- employed loggers harvest underwat- er standing timber whose tops pro- trude above the reservoir's surface.

Four circular saws—each five feet in diameter and assembled into one huge cutting unit 24 feet in width— descend from a barge to cut off the timber 30 feet below the water's sur- face. Also involved in the operation is a six-foot-diameter saw attached to the extended boom of a large excavator with a running gear re- moved and the turntable mounted to a barge.

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