April 1999 - WILLARD MARINE, INC., News Release "65 FRP Semi-submersible Under Construction".
Under construction at Willard Marine, Inc. of Anaheim, California, for Island Enterprises, Inc., of Catalina Island, California, is the nation's first semi-submersible 49 passenger vessel completely built in fiberglass reinforced plastics (FRP). To be operated from Catalina Island, the launching and delivery in May 1999 will coincide with the beginning of the high tourist season and will also suppor the weekly Island visits by cruise ships. Island Enterprises, Inc. president Jeff Stickler states that, "This new addition to our fleet will be a state-of-the-art attraction for underwater viewing, including a Hollywood type high-tech underway program on a large Plasma flat screen with surround sound and 18,000 watts of Halogen lamps for night viewing. Also unique are the fish feeding mechanisms which will disperse fish food with topedoe-like action at each of the 28 large 26 inch diameter underwater windows."
The principal statistics for the vessel are: 65 ft LOA, 16.5 ft BOA, 6.3 ft draft, and 203,000 pounds displacement including 123,000 pounds of ballast. Coast Guard certification will be for 49 passengers plus one operator and one crew member. The design is by Alan Andrews Yacht Design, Long Beach, CA.
For further information, contact Willard Marine, Inc, at (714) 666-2150 x216 or Island Enterprises, Inc. at 877-510-2888