Blount delivers Chicago tour boat

The 100’x35’ architectural tour boat Skyview was delivered by Blount Boats, Warren, R.I., to Shoreline Sightseeing of Chicago, where the 300-passenger steel vessel will show visitors the Windy City skyline up close.

Designed by Seacraft Design LLC, Sturgeon Bay, Wisc., the vessel is certified under Coast Guard subchapter K to operate in partially protected waters. Power comes from twin Volvo D13 MH  400 hp diesels with ZF W325 gearboxes, 2.933:1 ratio supplied and commissioned by Allemand Industries, Harvey, LA. The vessel is also equipped with twin 44” diameter, 4-blade propellers and Kobelt steering. Ship’s power is provided by a pair of 65 kW John Deere generators.

The vessel was specifically designed with a recessed pilot house to meet the air draft requirements for navigating Chicago waterways. Special features include hand-crafted mahogany doors, railings and bench seating, a full-service bar with a 20-keg beer cooler, ladies and men’s lavatories with heat, a 430 pound ice machine, and air conditioning.

The Skyview is the second vessel built for Shoreline Sightseeing by Blount, which in 1999 delivered the 64.8’x22’x7.7’Star of Chicago, a Subchapter T passenger vessel modeled on the “bateaux mouches” of Paris. Narrated architectural tours, describing the city’s buildings and history for visitors, are a specialty of Shoreline Sightseeing, which marked its 75th anniversary in 2015.

About the author

Kirk Moore

Associate Editor Kirk Moore was a reporter for the Asbury Park Press for over 30 years before joining WorkBoat in 2015. He wrote several award-winning stories on marine, environmental, coastal and military issues that helped drive federal and state government policy changes. He has also been a field editor for WorkBoat’s sister publication, National Fisherman, for almost 25 years. Moore was awarded the Online News Association 2011 Knight Award for Public Service for the “Barnegat Bay Under Stress,” 2010 series that led to the New Jersey state government’s restoration plan. He lives in West Creek, N.J.

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