Nichols Brothers Delivers 1,600-Passenger Dinner Boat For Hawaiian Service

Largest Vessel Delivered To Date By Washington Yard The 232-foot, 1,600-passenger M/V Star of Honolulu, the largest, heaviest vessel ever built by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, was recently delivered by the firm's Whidbey Island, Wash., yard to operator, Paradise Cruise Ltd., of Honolulu, which is expected to homeport the vessel at Kewalo Basin, or Honolulu Harbor.

According to Capt. Reg White, director of operations for the Honolulu fleet, the Star of Honolulu will circumnavigate Oahu during daylight hours and offer sunset dinner cruises.

Equipped with a watts type stabilizer and a deep-vee hull for a smooth ride, the Nichols Brothersdesigned dinner/excursion boat weighed about 950 tons at her launching. According to Archie Nichols, vice president of engineering for the boatbuilder, she is the heaviest load ever transported by Nichols Brothers' steel cradle and hydraulic track system.

Weighing 1,166 tons fully outfitted, the Star of Honolulu has a power plant consisting of two Caterpillar 399, 1,125-hp engines, driving Cat 7261, 3.18:1 reduction gears.

Power is transferred to 48-inch by 60-inch Sound Propeller wheels via 5-inch Aquamet shafts. She will have a full load speed of 11 knots.

Mathers supplied MMW electronic propulsion controls. Nichols engineered the steering system and alarm monitors. AnS-103LSchottel Werft steerable bow thruster not only aids in docking, but can also be used to bring the vessel home, if needed.

Auxiliary power for the vessel is supplied by two Cat 3406 165-kw diesel generators. The interiors of the vessel were designed by Interior Design International of Seattle. For dinner service, the vessel can accommodate 550 passengers on the main deck for a "Star Sunset Dinner Cruise." About the same number of passengers can be handled on the second deck, which is open for private charter.

The third deck is designated for the 350-passenger "Three-Star Sunset Dinner Cruise," while the enclosed top deck allows 80 passengers to be accommodated for "Five-Star Sunset Dinner Cruise." For free literature detailing the boatbuilding and vessel repair services of Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, Circle 19 on Reader Service Card

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 83,  May 1992

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