61′ Chilkat Express

High Speed Catamaran

The Chilkat Express is a 61′x22′ Teknicraft catamaran run by Chilkat Cruises & Tours for tourist excursions between Skagway, Alaska, and Glacier Point. With a top speed of 49.8 knots, this boat quickly shuttles up to 63 passengers on its 40-minute one-way journey, many from the cruise ships that regularly stop in Skagway.

Efficiency: Known as the fastest boat of its kind in the region, the Chilkat Express could also be called one of the most efficient. Its main foil between the hulls, two stern trim foils, wedge-shaped bow wave piercer, and chines all work in concert to provide lift and cushion shock when moving through the troughs, reducing drag and increasing fuel efficiency and speed. Indeed, when it is on step it drafts only 4-8 inches of water.

Power: Its four Caterpillar 3406 diesel engines (each providing 800 horsepower at 2400 rpm), installed offset and in tandem in the 91″ hulls, consume 120 gallons of fuel per hour when powering its four Hamilton HJ362 waterjets. An Onan 13.5kw auxiliary engine runs the two cylindrical 220-volt fans to cool the engine compartments, increasing performance.

Implementing the Teknicraft Design: “We’re excited not only to have such a close relationship with Teknicraft, but also to have such a top-notch crew here-the craftsmen, fabricators, welders, and systems and interior specialists-to carry out their exact designs,” said Matt Mullett, CEO of All American Marine. “Together we’re able to provide some of the best boats for the money.”

Vessel Specifications
Vessel Name Chilkat Express Home Port Haines AK.
Customer: Kluckwan Indian Group Length overall: 63′
Vessel application: Passenger Breadth overall: 22′
Designer: Teknicraft Design Ltd, New Zealand Draft: 3′
Passenger capacity: 63 Displacement lightship: 31 t
Crew: 3 Displacement laden: 33 t
Hull Type Catamaran hydrofoil supported Construction Material Aluminum
Hull Plate Type Aluminum 5083-H116 Number of Auxiliary Engines 1
Hull Plate Thickness .250″ Below water line Type of Auxiliary Engines Generator
Hull Plate Thickness .160″ Above water line Fuel Capacity 520 Gallons
Number of Decks 1 Hydraulic oil Capacity N/A
Number of Main Engines 4 Potable water capacity 55 Gallon
Horsepower each 800 Water Maker N/A
Fuel type Diesel Number of heads 2
Propulsion Type Water Jet Holding tank capacity 55 Gallon
Keel Laid Date November 2000 Speed 45 knots
Launch Date April 2001 Cruising Speed 40 Knots
Equipment Specifications
Main Engine Type Caterpillar Generator Type Onan
Main Engine Model 3406E Generator Model 13-5MDKAB (13.5 KW)
Water Jet Type Hamilton Water Maker Type N/A
Water Jet Model HJ 362 Head Type Head Hunter Royal Flush
Hull Paint Awlgrip Engine Room Ventilation Delta-T
Color Off White Steering System Jastram
Superstructure Paint Awlgrip Control system Mathers Clear Command
Color Off White Number of Stations 2
Deck Paint Awlgrip Fire Pump Type Oberdorfer
Color Medium Gray Bilge Pump Type Jabsco & Rule
Bottom Paint Interlux Trilux Number of Pumps 4
Color Black Fire Extinguishing System Fire Boy MA-2