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February12, 1998

M/V "SUNCRUZ VI"

Construction has now been completed on the 160'x65' SWATH Casino Vessel SunCruz VI at LEEVAC SHIPYARDS, Jennings, LA. The vessel was designed by DEJONG & LEBET, Inc. Naval Architects, Jacksonville, Florida. The vessel is being operated by SUNCRUZ CASINOS at their Jacksonville, Florida location. This vessel is DeJong & Lebet's 14th vessel for the Offshore Florida market, and the third specifically built for this service. The other ones being the a 200'x40' Princessa, and the 116' SUNCRUZ II Aluminum Casino Vessel.

SUNCRUZ VI represents the many firsts in the Ocean-going small passenger vessel industry. She is the first SWATH delivered for the Gaming business. She is also the largest passenger-carrying SWATH ever constructed in the U.S. She is the largest passenger (or any other) SWATH, admeasuring under 100 Gross Tons. She is the first passenger SWATH to feature "variable draft".

SUNCRUZ VI provides the latest technology in passenger comfort by reducing ship motions. The SWATH design (Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull), which is noted for its extremely comfortable ride in rough seas, is extremely beneficial on the East Coast where cruise cancellations due to bad weather, rough rides and severe seasickness have severely plagued the industry. Seasickness has been responsible for Offshore Gaming business failures. Monohulls in the 160' length range won't go out in seas higher than 5 feet. If they do, 40% or more of the patrons will get seasick. In comparison, SUNCRUZ VI recently went out in 7 foot seas with 400 passengers, and only one (1) person became seasick. Considering the above, the approximately 30-40% increase in construction costs seems cheap.

This type of vessel design will also be well-suited to other locations along the Eastern Seaboard, particularly in the Northeast as gaming cruises outside the International Boundary are starting.

The vessel is designed for USCG certification under Subchapter "K", Passenger Vessels less than 100 Gross Tons. Her capacity will be 600 passengers plus 150 crew, for service on partially protected waters, 20n.m. from harbor of safe refuge.

The vessel is a 3-deck vessel, with 600 gaming positions. The Casinos are very spacious due to the wide beam of the SWATH design. The Main Deck features a large Casino area, sports bar and galley area. The 2nd Deck features a large Casino and snack area. The 3rd Deck features an open entertainment lounge and sun deck, as well as the Pilothouse. All decks are served by an elevator. Interior Architect for the project was DIRECTIONS IN DESIGN, INC.

Propulsion, electrical and other machinery are located in the lower hulls. Propulsion is provided by Detroit Diesel 12V-149TI DDEC engines through ZF Marine gears. Electrical power is provided by 720kW Detroit Diesel 16V-92 TA's. A 400 hp Schottel bow thruster is powered by a Detroit Diesel 12V-71N. All engines are furnished by STEWART & STEVENSON.

The HVAC System features chillers and Air Handling Units by CARRIER TRANSICOLD. The system is designed to maximize the fresh air intake, in order to maintain excellent air quality.

"The SWATH is the vessel of the future for the Offshore Gaming Industry", according to Andy Lebet, Vice President of DEJONG & LEBET, INC. "The passenger comfort in rough seas will be a primary selling point for the operation, as well as the increased reliability as far as keeping to the cruise schedule, in spite of bad weather".

However, keeping SWATH design simple will be the key to keeping construction costs at acceptable levels, according to Norman DeJong. We have proven in SUNCRUZ VI that this can certainly be done.

 

  Vessel Specifications

Length:.........................................................................................................160 ft.

Beam:..............................................................................................................65 ft.

Depth:..............................................................................................................23 ft.

Draft (Ballasted):.............................................................................................15 ft.

Draft (Unballasted):...........................................................................................9 ft.

Main Propulsion:...........(2) Detroit Diesel 12V149TI DDEC, 960 hp @ 1800 rpm

Service Power:.................................(2) Detroit Diesel 16v92TA, 720 Kw, 480 Vac

Speed:...........................................................................................................10 knots

Hull Construction:.............................................................................................Steel

Crew Capacity:...........................................................................................150 Crew

Passenger Capacity:..........................................................................600 Passengers

Fuel Oil Capacity:.................................................................................8,000 gallons

Fresh Water Capacity:..........................................................................8,000 gallons

Holding Tank Capacity:........................................................................8,000 gallons

 

for more information on this vessel, please email us at:

info@dejongandlebet.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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