As a result of recent work with the Bay Area Water Transit Task Force, the author has compiled data on over one hundred ferry boat designs that have been built worldwide in the last few years, as well as data on new concepts that are still in the design or construction phase. These data are discussed, as are the latest trends in powering, speed, hull form, passenger capacity, propulsion systems and other design features. Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull (SWATH) ships, catamaran, trimaran and conventional full displacement ship types are examined. Also, wave piercing and surface piercing craft, hydrofoils and air cushion vehicles are assessed. Unusual hybrid designs are also discussed, such as ships that resemble SWATH types in their waterplane area characteristics but are closer to catamarans in shape. Fiberglass reinforced plastic, aluminum and steel construction materials are mentioned with regard to each ship presented. An extensive appendix shows the characteristics of each vessel, including arrangement drawings and photographs of selected designs.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Report; Paper presented at Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Northern California Section, February 8, 1990
  • Authors:
    • Olson, H A
  • Publication Date: 1990

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 106 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00660962
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM