Austal USA Sells Second Vessel Into N.Y. Market

Austal USA has signed a contract with Cloud Nine of New York to construct a 135-ft. (41-m) dinner cruise monohull for operation in the Manhattan-Queens area.

This is the second sale by Austal USA to the New York market this year and will further showcase the company's ability to deliver a high quality, customized product.

Cloud Nine specializes in offering private, luxury dinner cruises for social and corporate groups and have developed a large base of repeat customers.

The New York based company currently operate a 95-ft. (29-m) dinner cruise monohull and this new larger Austal USA vessel, due for delivery to New York during April 2003, will enable Cloud Nine to cater for larger groups.

The new vessel will operate at a service speed of 16 knots offering their trademark "New York Skyline Tours" departing from Queens (near Shea Stadium) or Manhattan (at East 23rd St).

Capable of accommodating up to 149 guests, the aluminum monohull will be particularly suited to private and corporate functions and will feature a large galley for full on-board catering, two bars, dance floors and a bridal suite for the very popular wedding functions held on board.

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