Aluminum Boats Delivers Sleek 140-Foot Dinner Yacht

Aluminum Boats, Inc., Crown Point, La., has delivered the Anita Dee II, an elegant, all-aluminum, 140-foot, 350-passenger dinner yacht to Tee Dee Enterprises, Inc., Chicago, 111.

Looking more like a stylish megayacht than a commercial charter boat, Anita Dee II is available for group charters, private parties, wedding receptions, corporate functions, and other events from her berth at the Navy Pier.

Her owners have owned and operated smaller charter vessels in Chicago for over 12 years.

Tee Dee's president, Anita Difiglio, for whom the boat is named, said, "I wanted this boat designed and built to Coast Guard standards with the look and feel of a luxury megayacht, not that of a converted ferry or crew boat. That's why I chose Aluminum Boats, Inc. They have the design and construction experience, and Sal Guarino (general manager) really went out of his way to meet our requirements." Designed by Aluminum Boats, Inc., its parent company, the Trinity Marine Group, and yacht design consultant Alfred (Jay) Coyle Jr., Anita Dee II maximizes space on the two primary passenger decks by eliminating stanchions or supports.

The spacious main deck includes i n t i m a t e and group seating, through-the-bulkhead bar, restrooms, large galley and owner's stateroom. Additionally, the main deck also includes a full walkaround and a covered aft deck with seating and roll-up weather curtains.

The second deck has seating for 152 diners, a large buffet and waiter's station and additional restrooms.

It also includes the pilothouse with port and starboard wing control stations, another double duty bar serving the diners inside and the covered aft deck outside, and stairs to the flybridge and main deck.

Atop is the flybridge which includes a lounge with seating for 62, an open dance floor and band stand, bar, and promenade area. A helipad is also on the flybridge along with a skylight to the dinner deck which doubles as a 16-foot long cocktail area.

Below decks, Anita Dee II has four staterooms with private baths which can accommodate eight guests. This deck also contains separate crew quarters.

The Anita Dee II is 140 feet in length, has a 33-foot beam, and draft of less than 5 feet 6 inches. Her shallow draft allows her to operate in the Intracoastal Waterway, normally inaccessible to vessels her size. A skegs protects her props and rudders.

Built to U.S. Coast Guard standards under subchapter T rules and regulations, the new boat is powered by two Caterpillar 3408TA diesel engines driving through Twin Disc reverse reduction gears.

The boat's hull and superstructure were fabricated at Equitable Shipyards, Inc., New Orleans, a sister shipyard to Aluminum Boats, Inc., in the Trinity Marine Group.

The Anita Dee II will operate in Chicago during the summer to mid- October and in winter from Bahia Mar Resort and Yachting Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., from mid-November to mid-March.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 8,  Sep 1990

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