SF Bay Ferry Logs Impressive Performance

Vallejo/Baylink Ferries latest fast passenger Solano, launched in July, is the second HamiltonJet-powered Vallejo Baylink ferry operating in San Francisco Bay, and to date has logged impressive results. Solano was a significant project for HamiltonJet as it is the first HamiltonJet-powered boat designed by AMD Marine Consulting of Sydney, Australia, and the first HamiltonJetpowered boat built at Dakota Creek Industries, Anacortes, Wash.

Baylink Ferries' experience with Hamilton waterjets following the repower of the 34m Vallejo passenger ferry in 2002 was the primary reason for choosing the HM811 jets for this new vessel.

In the case of the Solano ferry, the HamiltonJet regional office in Seattle provided waterjet support throughout the project to ensure all performance targets were achieved. Twin Hamilton HM811 waterjets were matched with 2,320 kW MTU engines to push the catamaran at over 34 knots with its 301 passengers and four crew. Parts and service in California are provided by HamiltonJet distributor Boatswains Locker.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 11,  Nov 2004

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