Rolls-Royce Designed Marine Diesels Make U.S. Debut In New Catamaran

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The first U.S. installation of Perkins Engines' Rolls-Royce designed marine diesels is in an 80-foot-long and 30-foot-wide luxury catamaran built for Bottom Time Adventures of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Bottom Time conducts diving expeditions throughout the Bahamas as well as island cruises and, therefore, requires a special and unique boat.

The three-deck catamaran, which stands 30 feet above the water line, is designed for comfort as well as performance. It is powered by twin Rolls-Royce designed CV 12 marine diesels that provide 800 horsepower each at 2,100 rpm. The boat has a cruising speed of 22 knots, with a top speed of 30 knots and a range of over 2,000 miles per tank of fuel. Designed by International Catamaran of Australia, the boat was built by Atlantic and Gulf Boat Builders, Inc. of Ft. Lauderdale under the supervision of Bottom Time's Ron Piccari, the captain, and A.J. Bland, director. The engines were supplied by Perkins Power Corp. of Miami, the Perkins distributor in Florida.

Mr. Bland said the all-aluminum catamaran has many unique features, beginning with a high-speed displacement hull which makes it different because high speed is usually obtained with planing hulls.

In addition to the Rolls-Royce designed main propulsion engines, onboard engine requirements are furnished by two 5kw marine generator sets powered by Perkins 6.3544 (M) diesels. These generator sets provide power for a water desalinization unit and central air-conditioning, among other things.

Perkins Engines, Inc., of Wayne, Mich., is a leading supplier of marine diesels in North America offering engines ranging from 3V2 to 800 horsepower. The company is part of the Perkins Worldwide Group, Peterborough, England, which acquired Rolls-Royce diesels in 1984.

Last year, Perkins established a milestone in the diesel-manufacturing industry by producing its 10 millionth engine.

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