A new catamaran for Scotland from Wight Shipyard Co
Wight Shipyard Co has delivered its latest vessel to high profile Scottish tourism operator Loch Ness by Jacobite. The new 20 metre day-cruise passenger catamaran Jacobite Maverick is joining the company’s fleet sailing between Dochgarroch, just outside 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,” says Wight Shipyard Co CEO Peter Morton.
“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,” Peter Morton says.
“Loch Ness by Jacobite is seeing incredible growth and last year we welcomed almost 300,000 passengers onto the waters of Loch Ness,” says 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,” she says.
Designed by One2three Naval Architects the hullform of the new catamaran is designed to provide through-life efficiency with low structural weight assisting lower fuel consumption.
The Jacobite Maverick accommodates 200 passengers who board over the forward and aft decks. The aft deck seats 13 passengers while the foredeck has 15 seats and is fitted with hinged boarding ramps. Passengers enter a well appointed and tastefully finished cabin with seating arrangements for 102 passengers tailored to Loch Ness by Jacobite requirements. Specially crafted bench seating finished in the company’s own tartan is complemented by tasteful oak tables manufactured by the shipyard. There is also provision for securing two wheelchairs in the cabin and throughout, all passengers can view 32” flat screen televisions showing the depths below.