Home' Work Boat World : June 2010 Contents 'Freedom Monarch'
Type of vessel:
In survey to:
Electronics supplied by:
Passenger catamaran ferry
Rosslyn Bay, Australia
Freedom Fast Cats,
2 x Yanmar 6AYM GTE,
2 x Yanmar
2 x 5-bladed
1 x Cummins 6B,
1 x Cummins 4B
Electronic Marine Solutions
2 x 3,500 litres
Aluminium Marine, established in 1986
and the Australian east coast's longest
established aluminium boat builder, has
delivered its hundredth vessel.
Like the vast majority of her predecessors
she is a catamaran, a 29-metre Incat
Crowther for Freedom Fast Cats, to operate
out of Queensland's Rosslyn Bay.
'Freedom Monarch' came from a yard
with a jealously guarded reputation for
quality and for well-performing vessels.
Aluminium Marine's Matt Tynan said that
although this vessel was a significant
milestone for the company, it was built to
exactly the same standards as all their others.
Freedom Fast Cats has owned many
vessels, and 'Freedom Monarch' will be
joining two other Incat Crowthers in the
current fleet, but this is their first vessel
from Aluminium Marine. According to
Freedom's owner Max Allen, the experience
has been a revelation.
"I asked for a boat with a Holden's
standard of finish and they gave me a
Mercedes. Every other boat we've had built
we had dramas all the way; in the ten and a
half months of building this one we only
made five short visits to Aluminium Marine,
and we didn't need that many. This is the
most trouble-free boat we ever built;
everything was done to perfection and they
even launched six weeks ahead of time.
We're all still good friends and I wouldn't
dream of building anywhere else".
Max ordered a boat with versatility. The
bread and butter work is day cruises
around Great Keppel, but 'Freedom
Monarch' is also available for diving,
whale watching, weddings, Christmas
parties and general functions. Seating
arrangements had to be flexible to cope
with all these. In cruise mode she carries
up to 275 passengers on three decks,
including a completely open deck above
the wheelhouse level. Arrangements for
embarking these passengers are also
flexible, a bow ramp allowing boarding
directly off the beach.
Main engines are a pair of Yanmar
6AYM GTEs, rated at 670kW each and
driving five-bladed propellers. They give a
nominal top speed of 25 knots with
cruising at 23, but on the 400nm delivery
trip from Brisbane to Rosslyn Bay,
'Freedom Monarch' averaged 25 knots in
3.5-metre seas. The substantial fuel capacity
of 7,000 litres gives a range of 750nm with
a ten percent safety margin, so refuelling is
Aluminium Marine has once again called
on Electronic Marine Solutions (EMS) to
look after the navigation, communications
and entertainment systems for their vessel.
EMS designed a system taking into account
the owner's familiarity with previous
equipment combined with current
technology and performance.
Instead of an integrated bridge system,
standalone units have been chosen, albeit
still interconnected with each other. The
bridge is equipped with Raymarine Radar,
sounder, autopilot and chart plotter while
the PA system consists of Australian
Monitor, TOA and Sony equipment. They
also produced a custom steering panel with
Approximately 10,000 passenger
movements take place each day on
Aluminium Marine-built vessels, operating
in countries from the Bahamas to Indonesia.
They have proved popular with crews as
well as operators due, Matt Tynan believes,
to the builder's special attention to the
practicalities of day-to-day operations.
For further information contact:
Aluminium Marine, Australia.
PH: +617 3207 0600,
FX: +617 3207 0611,
June 2010 WORK BOAT WORLD
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