Gladding-Hearn Delivers High-Speed Cat To Maine Whale Watch Co.

Reportedly the nation's first highspeed whale-watch vessel was delivered to Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company, Bar Harbor, Me., by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Somerset, Mass., licensee for Australia- based International Catamaran Designs (Incat). The new 92-ft.

(28-m), 149-passenger catamaran, Friendship TV, is powered by twin 815-hp Detroit Diesel DDEC engines.

Gladding-Hearn claims the vessel is the fastest whale watching boat in North America, with a top speed of more than 28 knots.

Owner Marc Brent said the vessel's top speed will allow his company to make three daily whale watch trips instead of two.

Unlike other catamarans built by Gladding-Hearn, the all-aluminum vessel incorporates Incat's unique Z-Bow configuration, adapted from the designer's wavepiercing catamaran. The resulting longer waterline reportedly improves the vessel's high-speed performance and adds bouyancy for passengers.

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