Nichols Brothers Delivering Catamaran To Glacier Bay Yachts

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Glacier Bay Yacht Tours, Inc. of Seattle will take delivery this month of a Nichols Brothers Boat Builders 370-passenger catamaran, Glacier Bay president Robert Giersdorf has announced. Nichols Brothers is building the 86-foot, high-technology catamaran, designed by International Catamarans, Ltd. of Australia, at its Whidbey Island yard.

This order followed the highly successful introduction of a Nichols catamaran in Alaska's Inside Passage by Glacier Bay Yachts this past summer using the leased catamaran Gold Rush, which Nichols completed for the San Francisco-based Blue and Gold fleet last spring. The new catamaran, a virtual twin of the Gold Rush, will be named Glacier Express. She will be certified to carry upwards of 370 people at speeds of more than 30 knots. The vessel will be fully air conditioned and have extensive galley facilities capable of handling both lunch and dinner on longer full-day excursions. She will accommodate up to 250 people for "sitdown" dinner service.

The Glacier express will operate out of Juneau, Alaska, from May to September, and will be based in San Diego during the fall and winter. Current plans call for one-day excursions between San Diego and Ensenada, Mexico, with the service called the Baja Express.

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