Converted Detroit Diesel-Powered Crewboat Includes Airliner Features For Passengers, Cargo

A new application in crewboat conversion was recently achieved by Aluminum Boats, Inc., of Crown Point, La., and Sealink of Hawaii, Inc., a Maui passenger vessel operator, in converting the former 110- foot aluminum Sabine Pass into the 117-foot Maui Princess.

Because the converted boat would have the multipurpose role of cruise vessel, ferry and freighter, airlinetype seats were chosen and mounted on tracks for quick removal and conversion of the passenger cabin to a cargo bay. When carrying passengers and cargo, the vessel can haul 10 tons of cargo. In the all-cargo mode, she can carry up to 60 tons.

Aluminum Boats, Inc., extended the passenger compartment 50 feet aft and added all new seats, 7Vi tons of air conditioning, and an open promenade deck for 100 above the passenger cabin. To provide easier access, sliding port and starboard cabin doors were installed which open 78 inches for the passage of people, cargo and containers. Also, a total of 7 feet was added to the stern for a combination dive/swim and loading platform.

Niad hydraulic stabilizers were installed below the platform for reduced roll and passenger comfort, highlighting a joint work effort by the shipyard and the boat owner.

Aluminum Boat's crews installed the stabilizers, rebuilt the vessel's four Detroit Diesel 12V71 engines, and overhauled her two Delco 40-kw generators.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 25,  Feb 1988

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