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New Catamaran Adds to Major Marine Tours Fleet

May 17, 2022 | News, Tourism

Major Marine Tours

A tour boat named for a whale that frequents Kenai Fjords National Park arrived in Seward, just in time for visitor season.

Third New Vessel in Four Years 

Major Marine Tours welcomed the custom-built, 87-foot, high-speed catamaran Skana on May 11. The boat’s name celebrates a large male orca in the AD8 resident pod that can be seen feeding and socializing along the tour route. A company-wide vote last fall decided the name.

Skana is the third new vessel in the last four years for Major Marine Tours. The design is similar to the sister ship, Spirit of Matushka, with stadium-style standing areas on the bow for optimum wildlife viewing. The third deck has unobstructed 360-degree views and is partially enclosed to block the wind while still enjoying outdoor seating. Skana also has a wrap-around first deck that is fully wheelchair accessible.

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The 150-passenger adjustable hydrofoil-assisted catamaran cruises at 28 knots, and its quad Hamilton waterjets are powered by Scania DI16 082 engines. Major Marine Tours says Skana is the fastest, most fuel-efficient vessel in its fleet, designed with fuel economy as top priority. The design includes a custom hull shape with a cushioning effect when encountering waves for added passenger comfort.

All American Marine of Bellingham, Washington, built Spirit of Matushka last year and the Skana for this season. The semi-displacement catamaran hull was developed by Teknicraft Design in Auckland, New Zealand. The design integrates the signature Teknicraft symmetrical and asymmetrical combined hull shape, bow wave piercer, and innovative hydrofoil system.

Skana spent more than a week on the voyage from Bellingham to Seward, covering 1,300 nautical miles, hugging the coast by day and stopping along the way to refuel.

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