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Private Research Vessel Delivered


Following the recent delivery and entry into service of the 50 metre luxury tourism vessel, True North the Austal-Image yard continues the theme, with the successful delivery to a private owner of Electra for operation in the Bahamas.

With the initial design brief heavily based on carrying and deploying a 9 metre, twin engine RIB, Electra is customised as a base for serious diving adventures. Complete with all the necessary equipment to support underwater research and film making Electra provides both comfort and practicality.

Exterior decks and interior joinery are detailed in teak with the owner deploying his own Italian tradesmen to work with the Austal-Image team to produce a modern, highly functional interior capable of accommodating six guests and four crew. Externally, and from an engineering perspective the owner was inspired by previous rig tender and offshore supply boats produced by the yard that could be combined with luxury features to produce a robust, easy to operate, reliable, low maintenance all purpose vessel.

Constructed in all-aluminium and equipped with a 4 tonne deck crane and heavy duty stern anchor, Electra is capable of a speed in excess of 18 knots courtesy of twin Caterpillar 3508B, 820kW engines driving propellers.

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