Bellingham, Wash. shipbuilder All American Marine (AAM) has delivered the new Swiftsure whale watching vessel to Puget Sound Express (PSE).

The vessel was modeled after the All American Marine-built and Teknicraft-designed Saratoga, delivered in Spring 2018. The larger 77-foot Swiftsure will maintain performance while adding space for whale-watching activity and Puget Sound Express Ecotourism Center, the builder said.

The 150-passenger semi-displacement catamaran hull for this vessel was developed by Nic de Waal of Teknicraft Design in Auckland, New Zealand. The design incorporates Teknicraft’s signature symmetrical and asymmetrical combined hull form, bow wave piercer and an innovative dynamic hydrofoil system. This advanced hull shape was custom designed using numerical modeling and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis. The hull design is completed with Teknicraft’s signature integration of a wave breaker positioned between the catamaran’s sponsons to break up wave action and provide reduced drag while improving passenger comfort. The vessel’s design provides all passengers with a smooth ride and comfort as the hull provides a cushioned effect when encountering the waves.

“This is another very special occasion for Puget Sound Express,” said co-owner Peter Hanke. “The Swiftsure is the third boat we’ve had the opportunity to build with All American Marine. Once again, this vessel exceeded all performance expectations while incorporating EPA Tier III engines. Despite numerous supply chain challenges during the build process, All American still delivered this exceptional vessel on time and on budget. They listened to us and, as they did on the first two ships, met or exceeded our needs. We’re excited for our customers to enjoy the Puget Sound aboard Swiftsure.

The “USCG Subchapter T” certified high-speed catamaran has two asymmetrical semi-planing hulls, an adjustable aluminum center hydrofoil and two aluminum rear foils, which allow the boat to reach top speeds of over 40 knots. This design, coupled with finely tuned, wave-piercing eco-arcs, allows the boat to travel through both calm and choppy waters at full cruising speed, while minimizing underwater noise, AAM said.

The Swiftsure was designed from top to bottom for low fuel consumption at high speeds, a critical factor in the success of daily whale watching excursions from Edmonds, Washington. The vessel also uses four Hamilton Jet HJ364 water jets, with the Hamilton Jet Control System. “We have done many years of research to develop a uniquely low wake vessel design, largely due to our unique hydrofoil system which does not displace as much water and create waves as is the case with the traditional shell design,” said designer Nic de Waal.

The vessel is powered by four Scania Di 16,082M engines rated at 800 mhp at 2,300 rpm. Soundproofing details in the engine room ensure that the passenger cabin is quiet and comfortable throughout the journey. The interior of the vessel is finished with state-of-the-art materials, including recyclable Ayres aluminum honeycomb wall panels and recyclable Dampa aluminum ceiling tiles with acoustic insulation that cover the master cabin as well as the interior cabin of the second bridge. Other amenities include ADA-friendly accommodation spaces, comfortable Beurteaux seating, three restrooms, and an expanded galley with a full-service passenger bar. Swiftsure is also equipped with seven HDTVs and a premium audio system with speakers inside and out for a fully immersive experience throughout the ship’s voyage.