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BOA TS & BARGES
Freeport Shipbuilding Begins
Construction On Trend-Setting
The Webb Tide II features a yacht-like design made possible by the use of a monohull as opposed to building a superstructure on a barge or over floats. The pilothouse includes a video system that can project four split screen views from video cameras aboard.
Megayacht style and luxury have come to houseboats with the con- struction start of the Webb Tide II, a 124-foot, all-aluminum houseboat/ yacht designed by David Carambat
Marine Design, Covington, La.
The trend-setting boat is now un- der construction at Freeport Ship- building, Freeport, Fla., for Dudley
Webb, owner of the Jamestown Re- sort Marina on Lake Cumberland in
Jamestown, Ky., where he operates a fleet of rental houseboats.
Mr. Carambat said: "While the owner wanted something bigger and better than the typical 70-foot houseboat common to the area, he did not want the complexity or expense of an oceangoing yacht. He was emphatic that the boat should have the sleek lines of a megayacht, yet it had to retain the desirable characteristics of the traditional
Those characteristics are maxi- mum space utilization, low free- board for easy access to the water, shallow draft, and external propul- sion power for ease of maintenance, and noise reduction.
The design features two closed decks. The first deck includes a 690- square-foot salon with an entertain- ment center, including a fireplace.
Forward are three spacious guest rooms for seven with private bath- rooms, an office, laundry, and hobby room for the owner. The aft deck includes partially covered fixed seating, a swim platform, the engine "box," and storage for water jet bikes or other water sports equip- ment.
The second deck boasts a 414- square-foot master stateroom com- plete with fireplace. Forward is a 575-square-foot dining room and den. This deck also includes a sun deck forward, and a private deck at the rear of the master stateroom.
Another feature of the second deck is the pilothouse which will include advanced technology elec- tronics and a futuristic Carambat- designed "hula hoop" helm. The hubless stainless steel loop will be supported by two sheaths which will house the pulleys and serve to steer the boat.
The upper deck will include a full pilot's station and a helicopter land- ing pad.
The Webb Tide II is expected to travel at about 14 knots. Her three high thrust Traktor II water jets will be driven by three Caterpillar 3208 diesel engines developing a total of 1,125 hp.
Another unusual feature for a houseboat is the use of bow and stern thrusters.
Overall, the Webb Tide II will be 124 feet in length, with a 24-foot beam, and 14-foot depth. Normal operating draft will be two feet. The houseboat will have a total of 3,340 square feet of enclosed space, and 1,735 square feet of open deck space. She can carry 800 gallons of fuel and 600 gallons of fresh water.
Electrical power will be generated by two Cummins 50-kw generators.
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