Steiner Shipyard Inc., Bayou La Batre, Ala., is busy converting a dinner/casino boat to a dinner/cruise/dolphin-watching vessel. The 100’×30′ vessel and is being built to resemble a pirate ship.
“Business got a little slow at the end of 2009 and the beginning of 2010,” said Russell Steiner, the yard’s owner and president. “We looked to see what people were buying, and it was smaller towboats and dinner/cruise boats for south Florida particularly.”
Steiner said he expects to sell and then finish out the pirate-themed vessel for a customer in the Florida panhandle. “Places like Destin (Fla.) have these boats that are geared toward kids,” said Steiner. “This one we’re going to build to resemble a pirate ship. A company can dress up its crew as pirates and the families like it.”
Twin Cummins 6CT 8.3 diesels, producing 300 hp each, are currently in the boat. “We’re actually going through Coast Guard inspection right now,” said Steiner. “We’ve replaced some of the bottom steel, replaced the decks, but we won’t finish it out until we get a buyer.”
Steiner recently delivered a 185’×55’×12′ deck cargo barge to Intracoastal City, La.-based DMO Viking. When construction on the barge began in 2010, it was being built on spec. The barge has a deck thickness of 5/8″ steel and a 3/8″ bottom thickness. On deck are four Nabrico DF-40 cast-steel double bitts installed on 1/2″ plate doublers, and four Nabrico DF-483 cast-steel Kevel chocks installed on 1/2″ plate doublers.
Steiner is also building a steel 70’×30′ spec pushboat hull. The yard has been negotiating its sale with an unnamed Gulf Coast tank barge operator.