Catalina Express Fleet
Jet Cat Express
The Jet Cat Express, a high-speed catamaran, has two passenger decks with spacious in-cabin airline-style seating, individual open-air outdoor seating, upgraded Commodore Lounge seating on the upper deck, air-conditioned cabins, cabin attendant service, two bars and snack stations, restroom facilities (one handicapped accessible), and in-cabin flat screen monitors displaying selected programming or GPS vessel route plotter.
In May, 2004, Catalina Express introduced the Jet Cat Express into service. The $9 million vessel is 145-feet in length with a 36-foot beam. It is powered by four MTU/Detroit 12V 4000 diesel engines each driving Hamilton Water Jets and carries 381-passengers. The boat was constructed by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Whidbey Island, Washington and designed by the internationally acknowledged leader in fast ferry design, Incat Designs of Australia.
The Jet Cat Express, a new generation of high speed catamaran cruises at 37-knots (43 mph) and makes the 22-mile trip between Avalon and the mainland in one hour.
The vessel has two passenger decks offering full bar service, snack stations, restrooms, wide ceiling to seat level windows with lots of light and great viewing and overhead bins to accommodate carry-on bags.
The main deck offers inside seating for 201 passengers along with 14-seats outside and large storage room for passenger luggage. On the second deck, there are 86 additional outside seats plus 80 seats located in the Commodore Lounge. All seats for Jet Cat Express were manufactured by Beurteaux of Australia. Seats in the Commodore Lounge recline for comfort and offer individual tray tables and leather-trimmed headrests and seats. For a $15 upgrade over the normal one-way fare, Commodore Lounge passengers receive priority boarding and a complimentary beverage with packaged snack served at their seats.
The all-aluminum catamaran features a sleek, twin-hull design and T-Foils supported by a fully computerized ride control system to dampen pitch and roll for a smoother channel crossing. According to Catalina Express C.E.O. Doug Bombard, “The addition of this vessel enables us to better serve travelers to Catalina by offering reduced travel times and a higher frequency of service.”
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