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Passenger Ferries

A passenger ferry proposal.

This office has been a leader in creating efficient, user friendly passenger ferries.

Most of the catamaran ferries that I see are designed by large design offices, and in my opinion, designed badly.  They are usually metal, are heavy, have poor efficiency, and a poor ride, compared to what they could have.  There are significant reasons for that.  Those catamaran ferries come from offices who have been designing single hull ferries decades.  They do cats now like they always did the monos.

I come from a sailing catamaran background.  Instead of just piling on the horsepower, efficiency is important.  I carry these lessons to the passenger cats that I design.  I expect the gold plate design offices will figure this out in 5 years or so.  That technology here now. For more discussion of displacement power multihulls see this article.

We offer a full line of USCG-certified multihulls and the experience in working with the Coast Guard to get owners operating in the least possible time.  

KHSD Charter multihulls emphasize functional, efficient design combined with longevity and durability. Many of these designs can use rapid construction technologies for hulls and house cabins.

tender30psp1.jpg (89611 bytes) 30' Ship Tender Catamaran
32' Catamaran Ferry
32LIMO1.JPG (46338 bytes) 32' Limousine Cat
38buscat.jpeg (32930 bytes) 38'/42'  Catamaran Ferry
50catferry_1.jpg (116811 bytes) 50'  Ferry Catamaran
60' Day Ferry Catamaran
61' Power Catamaran Ferry
65ferry_1.JPG (36433 bytes) 65' Passenger Ferry Catamaran
65' Passenger Ferry for Lake Victoria, Africa
85catferry_2.jpg (356803 bytes) 85' Passenger Ferry Catamaran
M15psp5.jpg (164399 bytes) 85' Passenger Ferry Catamaran
sust85catferry_2.jpg (167141 bytes) Sustainable 85' Passenger Ferry Catamaran
M8PSP11.JPG (33867 bytes) 85' Passenger Ferry Catamaran w/Hysu Foils 
150tripsp2g.gif (26192 bytes) 150' Trimaran Ferry

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