Wight Shipyard Co delivers new catamaran to Loch Ness by Jacobite

Wight Shipyard Co delivers new catamaran to Loch Ness by Jacobite
The new vessel has been designed by One2three Naval Architects (Image: Wight Shipyard Co)

Wight Shipyard Co has delivered a 20 metre catamaran to Scottish boat tour operator Loch Ness by Jacobite.

Named the Jacobite Maverick, the new vessel will sail between Dochgarroch, outside of Inverness, Clansman Harbour and the historic ruins of Urquhart Castle.

“We are delighted to see Jacobite Maverick sail to her new home on Loch Ness as she represents our first order for Scotland,” said Peter Morton, CEO of Wight Shipyard Co. “The Loch Ness by Jacobite order was announced in September last year and came only a matter of days after the confirmation of a repeat Red Funnel order which itself followed the delivery to MBNA Thames Clippers of two 35 metre low-wash river catamarans for London. The Jacobite Maverick underpins WSC’s track record in building sustainable and low environmental impact vessels.”

The new vessel has been designed by One2three Naval Architects and the hullform is designed to provide efficiency with low structural weight assisting lower fuel consumption.

Jacobite Maverick can accommodate 200 passengers boarding the forward and aft decks. Passengers will then enter a cabin with seating arrangements for 102 passengers tailored to Loch Ness by Jacobite requirements.

On the upper deck, outdoor seating is provided for 84 passengers aft of the elevated wheelhouse which is equipped with navigational aids. The instrument panel with all gauges, indicators and warning lights associated with main engines is positioned so that each component is readily visible to the helmsman.

“Loch Ness by Jacobite is seeing incredible growth and last year we welcomed almost 300,000 passengers onto the waters of Loch Ness,” said Freda Newton, managing director of Loch Ness by Jacobite. “The new catamaran built by Wight Shipyard Co continues our investment in Loch Ness by Jacobite, our people and our fleet so we can offer the very best visitor experience. We have been most impressed by Wight Shipyard’s skills and in particular the quality of finish in their vessels.”

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Elizabeth Robinson
By Elizabeth Robinson
Monday, June 18, 2018