Vessel Type: USL 1B Charter Catamaran

In 2005, GMD was commissioned directly by the owners of the Great Escape Charter Company, to design the new catamaran cruise vessel, following their success with the previous GMD designed 23m monohull “Kimberley Escape”.
Chris Tucker and his partner Kylie Bartle sat with Gavin Mair over a period of days and explained their requirements. The GMD design team then went into advanced computer modelling so that the look of the vessel from all angles would be attractive.
The “Great Escape” has been a huge success with its luxury charters in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

In 2014 GMD refreshed this kitset (now MK14111) with refined lines and Lloyds compliant (stamped approved) structure and this vessel is currently under construction in Thailand for use in marine park patrol and monitoring.

A big thank you to Daniel Greening, resident chopper pilot aboard the “Great Escape” for allowing us to use his fantastic video which gives a snapshot of life in the Kimberleys.

MK 05023

Marine Kit Number: MK 05023

  • Vessel Specifications
  • Hull Length
    24.95 m
    81' 10"
  • Overall Length
    26.00 m
  • Waterline Length
    22.50 m
  • Beam
    9.20 m Moulded
  • Draft @ Working Displ.
    1.90 m
    6' 3"
  • Working Displacement
    96 Tonnes
    211,600 lb
  • Light Displacement
    74 Tonnes
    163,000 lb
  • Deck height above Waterline
    1.60 m
    5' 3"
  • Bow Freeboard at rest
    2.90 m
    9' 6"
  • Fuel Capacity
    14,000 Litres
    4,000 Us. Gal.
  • Engine/s
    2 x Caterpillar 3412E
  • Total Installed Power
    1,615 kW
    2,200 hp
  • Sprint Speed
    44 km/hr
    24 Knots
  • Cruise Speed
    33 km/hr
    18 Knots
  • Structure
  • Bottom Plates
    6 mm
  • Side Plates
    5 mm
  • Main Deck Plates
    5 mm
  • Foredeck Plates
    5 mm
  • Superstructure Plating
    4 mm (4 mm Roof)
    5/32 (5/32)
  • Nominal Frame Spacing
    700 mm
    27 1/2"
  • Aluminium Delivery Pack Dimensions
  • Length
    29' 6"
  • Breadth
    7' 2"
  • Depth
  • Shipping Weight
    45 Tonnes
    99,200 lb

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