Massive catamaran launches Sunday

CHRIS HYDE
Last updated 12:38 29/01/2014
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HUGE LOAD: This 24-metre long, 11-metre wide catamaran was transported from Palmerston North to Foxton via Sanson.

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The massive catamaran that has been drawing crowds while it is assembled at Foxton Beach will be launched this weekend.

The 110-tonne boat, which has a 24 metre-long and 11m-wide aluminium hull, is being floated tomorrow at 10am and will be launched at high tide near the mouth of the Manawatu River at 1pm on Sunday.

The boat sleeps 18 people but once launched will be predominantly used by an oil and gas company in Darwin to transport gear.

Profab Central Engineering built the boat in two parts - the hull and the top deck - in its Mihaere Dr headquarters in Palmerston North, a project that started at the end of February 2013.

It was transported to Foxton Beach in mid-January to be assembled.

The past two weeks have been focused on wiring the boat up, testing its functions and completing the internal fit out.

It is the 64th boat built by Profab and the seventh that has been built for the same owner.

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