20 metre day-cruise passenger catamaran

The 'Jacobite Maverick' accommodates 200 passengers The 'Jacobite Maverick' accommodates 200 passengers

Wight Shipyard Co has delivered its latest vessel to Scottish tourism operator Loch Ness by Jacobite.

The new 20 metre day-cruise passenger catamaran Jacobite Maverick is joining the company’s fleet sailing between Dochgarroch, just outside Inverness, Clansman Harbour and the historic ruins of Urquhart Castle.

Wight Shipyard Co CEO Peter Morton said: “The Loch Ness by Jacobite order was announced in September last year and came only a matter of days after the confirmation of a repeat Red Funnel order which itself followed the delivery to MBNA Thames Clippers of two 35 metre low-wash river catamarans for London.”

Designed by One2three Naval Architects the hullform of the new catamaran is designed to provide through-life efficiency with low structural weight assisting lower fuel consumption.

The Jacobite Maverick accommodates 200 passengers who board over the forward and aft decks.

On the bridge the instrument panel with all gauges, indicators and warning lights associated with main engines is positioned so that each component is readily visible to the helmsman. The bridge wings are fitted with a control station.

In the hulls of Jacobite Maverick, the engine rooms are laid out in a clean, accessible manner and feature removal hatches over each engine, completely clear of overhead obstructions. The vessel is powered by two Scania DI9 main engines, each producing 257kW @ 2100rpm. Capable of reaching a maximum speed of 15 knots, the vessel will cruise at 12 knots on Loch Ness further slowing to 5 knots in the Caledonian Canal.

By Jake Frith

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