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December 8, 2010

Kvichak building second catamaran for Long Beach Transit

Long Beach Transit has returned to Kvichak Marine Industries, Seattle, for a second Incat Crowther design catamaran. Its first, the Aqualink, has been shuttling visitors and commuters between the Long Beach downtown/waterfront area to Alamitos Bay Landing since its delivery by Kvichak in 2001.

Now it is to add a second boat to add to its fleet and expand the route

Aqualink II an all-aluminum, 65 ft x 24 ft fully-enclosed catamaran is currently under construction at Kvichak . The 74-passenger cat is powered by twin Cummins QSM 11 diesel engines, rated for 610 hp at 2,300 RPM, and fitted to ZF 360A marine gears. The vessel will operate at a service speed of around 25 knots with a crew of two.

During travel passengers can enjoy food and beverage service at the Snack Bar Kiosk that is integrated with the main passenger cabin. Kvichak will outfit the kiosk with a refrigerator, coffee brewing system, soft drink dispenser, sink, and Corian bar top.

Delivery is scheduled for May 2011.


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