Runyan Machine Completes Conversion Of Supply Boat Into Passenger Vessel

'Reborn'Cruise Boat Will Operate In Galapagos Islands Runyan Machine & Boiler Works, Inc., Pensacola, Fla., has delivered the Isabela II, an oilfield supply boat converted to passenger service for Empresa Turistica Internacional, C.A. The boat will operate in the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador.

The 36-passenger Isabela II has an overall length of 183 feet 6 inches, beam of 38 feet and depth to main deck of 13 feet. Prior to conversion, the vessel was 166 feet long.

Main propulsion is provided by two Detroit Diesel 16V-149 engines, developing a total of 1,800 bhp at 1,800 rpm, driving two 60-inch diameter stainless steel propellers through reversing reduction gears.

Electrical power is provided by two 220-kw Lima generators driven by Detroit Diesel 12V-71 engines. The generators have automatic starting and paralleling capability through the main switchboard during peak demand periods. The 75-kw emergency generator is driven by a Detroit Diesel 6-71 engine and also has automatic starting capability in accordance with SOLAS regulations.

Built from a design provided by the owners, Schuller and Allan and Rodney E. Lay & Associates, the vessel meets both SOLAS and American Bureau of Shipping standards.

Passengers are accommodated in spacious outside cabins with two lower beds, shower and toilet.

Each double occupancy cabin is fitted with individually controlled air conditioners, music-P/A system and emergency call system. She has a reading/game room, elegant bar, gift shop, and sun deck featuring a jacuzzi and exercise equipment. The dining room seats all 36 of the vessel's passengers at one sitting. The menu will feature Ecuadorian and Continental cuisine.

Fully equipped to meet SOLAS 1984 regulations for a 36-passenger cruise vessel engaged in international voyages, the Isabela II is equipped with two Mulder and Rieke 25- person, semi-enclosed motor life- boats on Schat gravity davits, two 20-person and three 10-person inflatable life rafts, and a 5-ton hydraulic small boat crane.

Rockment TNF bulkhead system, continuous B class ceilings and joiner doors were installed throughout all passenger cabins, crew accommodations, public areas and the galley to achieve structural fire protection.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 11,  Feb 1989

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