Lugger Diesels Give Passenger Boats Economical High Speed

With her three Lugger 6140AL diesel engines generating a top speed of 22.5 knots, the new 103-foot, 150- passenger party fishing boat Lady Frances "really moves," according to Frank and Christine Blount of Gail Frances Charters.

The boat was built by Lydia Yachts, Stuart, Fla., and is powered by three 550-hp Lugger 6140AL diesels.

The Lady Francis is scheduled to be operated out of Point Judith, R.I.

On her delivery trip from Florida, the Lady Francis cruised at 17.2 knots at 1,650 rpm and the three Luggers and two generator sets used an average of 32 gallons of fuel per hour.

For its fishing customers, the Lady Frances has been equipped with heated hand rails, state-of-theart sound systems, 2 Northern Lights M964 30kW generators and an array of fish finding electronics, including an American Pioneer Dual Scan II sonar and 2 Furuno FCV271 sounders.

"In our area the charter boats have to go farther and get out and back faster then in times past. The Lady Frances is designed for that kind of service," says Jay Gallup of Rhode Island Engine, a Lugger dealer in Narragansett, R.I.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 32,  Jul 1992

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