Warren, R.I. (August 27, 2018) – Blount Boats has signed a contract with South Ferry Company to construct a steel passenger/vehicle ferry for Shelter Island, NY. The 101’x 40’ double-ended ferry to be named SOUTHERN CROSS will be built to carry a deck load of 260,000 pounds.
Main propulsion will be provided by two Caterpillar series C-18 Tier III & IMO II Certified each rated at 470 HP @ 1800 RPM. Twin Disc MG-516 remote mount, reverse gears will transmit power to 4-blade, nibral ice strengthened propellers through 4’ Aquamet 22 propeller shafts.
The Clark family, owners of South Ferry Company have been providing transportation between Shelter Island, New York and North Haven, New York on Long Island’s southern tip since the 1700’s. The SOUTHERN CROSS will be a sistership to two other Blount built ferries designed by DeJong & Lebet for South Ferry, the SUNRISE, Hull #311 delivered in 2002 and the SOUTHSIDE, Hull #323 delivered in 2009.
For additional information contact:
Marcia Blount, President/CFO
Blount Boats, Inc.