All American Marine (AAM) Shipyard in Bellingham, Wash., completed construction, launched and delivered the Skana, a 150 passenger hydrofoil assisted catamaran for Major Marine Tours. This is the second vessel that AAM has delivered to the operator in two years and is a sister vessel to the Spirit of Matushka, delivered in spring 2021.
Like her sibling, this vessel will operate out of Seward, Alaska and will carry passengers on tours of Kenai Fjords National Park.
The 87ft (LOA) x 32ft aluminum catamaran is USCG Subchapter T certified and has a semi-displacement catamaran hull developed by Nic de Waal of Teknicraft Design in Auckland, New Zealand. It incorporates Teknicraft’s combined symmetrical and asymmetrical hull form, bow wave piercer and innovative dynamic hydrofoil system. The advanced hull shape was custom designed using numerical modeling and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis. The hull design is completed with Teknicraft’s signature integration of a wave breaker, positioned between the catamaran’s sponsons to break up wave action and provide reduced drag while improving passenger comfort. The vessel’s design provides all passengers with a smooth ride and comfort as the hull provides a cushioned effect when encountering the waves.
A Teknicraft design offers significant performance benefits. AAM says the potential for customization of form and function across a variety of industries is the differentiator in its approach to design and construction, resulting in a vessel that is best in class.
For the operator, one of the most valuable features of this vessel is the excellent fuel economy. With an increased fuel capacity of 1,900 gallons, the Skana was upgraded to include a dynamic aluminum hydrofoil, improving its speed and efficiency.
The power package includes four HamiltonJet HM422 waterjets, powered by four Scania DI16 082 engines, rated at 788 hp at 2,100 rpm.
The vessel’s HamiltonJet AVX controls have features such as the use of an intuitive Mouseboat controller.
“All American Marine worked with us to refine our goals, build a proven second ship that met those goals, and then delivered. In fact, despite building two boats in the midst of a global pandemic, they delivered both boats on time and on budget. This new vessel with its capacity, comfort and speed is revolutionizing the Major Marine Tours fleet,” said Major Marine Tours Vice President Colby Lawrence. really spacious and accessible deck areas when watching whales and glaciers, especially the stadium bow viewing area.”
On board the ship, passengers can enjoy the spacious comfort of two enclosed cabins, whose amenities include high-quality Beurteaux seats and electrical outlets with USB sockets at each table. Outside seating is all under covered canopies, including on the open-air third deck.
The entire main deck, including the bow, is wheelchair accessible and the main deck cabin has wheelchair-friendly seating. The ship also has a large standing area in the stadium for wildlife and nature viewing.