Service Marine To Build Dinner/Excursion Boat For Chicago Firm
Service Marine Industries, Inc., a full service shipyard located at Amelia, La., has been awarded a contract by Premier Yachts, Chicago, 111., to design and build a 175- foot megayacht dinner/excursion boat.
Premier Yachts will operate the vessel, the M/V Odyssey, which will have a beam of 37 feet and draft of 11 feet, from the Navy Pier in Chicago. The managing partners, Mike Higgins and Roy Sanders, plan to offer what they call a true yachting experience, with specially prepared food served at the guests' tables, as well as live entertainment and music.
Service Marine worked closely with the managing partners to develop the megayacht appearance of the boat, which they felt was necessary to carry out their theme of onboard yacht dining. While similar to the European styling of their previously built boats, Service Marine has carried the first cabin of the Odyssey forward to the bow and has stepped the second cabin back more.
Guests will enter the boat at the stern of the second deck and can be directed to any one of the three decks while still maintaining the privacy of the other decks. The boat will have the galley located in the bow on the first deck, in order to facilitate food service. The clear head height in the cabins will approach eight feet, which Service Marine believes is necessary to provide the passengers with a feeling of spaciousness.
Service Marine has designed the boat for 800 passengers with a U.S. Coast Guard stability and safety certificate to operate in partially protected water.
The Odyssey will be powered by two Caterpillar 3408 DITA main engines, which are rated at 470 bhp each at 1,800 rpm. The generator sets will consist of two Caterpillar 3406T diesels with two 250-kw generators. The port generator will have a power takeoff running a hydraulic pump which will power a 150-hp bowthruster. The engines and generators were supplied by the Holt Company.
For passenger comfort, 73 tons of Carrier air conditioning equipment, supplied by Harris Refrigeration, will be installed.
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