Gladding-Hearn Delivers I neat-Designed Ferry

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Hy-Line Cruises, a division of Hyannis Harbor Tours, Hyannis, Mass., has received a new 300-passenger, highspeed catamaran from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, the Duclos Corporation. This is the third Incat-designed fast ferry built by the shipyard for the Cape Cod tourism company, and the 27th highspeed catamaran built by Gladding- Hearn. The M/V Grey Lady replaces the smaller Grey Lady II and provides year-round passenger service between Hyannis and Nantucket Island.

The new, all-aluminum ferry is 144 ft. (43.7 m), with a 35-ft. (10.6 m) beam and draws 6.5 feet (2 m). It is powered by four Cummins KTA50M2 diesel engines, each delivering 1.800 bhp at 1,900 rpm. The vessel is propelled by four Hamilton HM651 water jets through Reinjtes WVS730D gearboxes. The ferry's top speed is over 36 knots when full loaded at a deadweight of 40 tons, said Peter Duclos, president of the Shipyard.

In order to improve passenger comfort. the vessel is equipped with a Vosper/MDI active, motion-control and autopilot system. A motion sensor acuates a computer in the wheelhouse to adjust the two trim tabs, reducing the motion of the vessel by as much as 60 percent. Interior accommodations include Beurteaux seating, a cocktail bar. heating and air conditioning and four heads.

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