Length: 66'-1" long
3'-6" deep at keel
Perkins marine diesel engines.
Props: (2) props and (2) rudders
Built at: Naval contractor
company: Skipperliner - of La Crosse, WI. www.skipperliner.com
Designed by: WDI - Disney Imagineering
the "Mermaid I" motor cruiser:
"Mermaid I" is the third and newest motor
cruiser built for Walt Disney World. She is a design variant
but still similiar in deck layout, to her sister ships,
the "Castaways" and the "Bon
Voyage". She was built in 1994, and went into service
the following year, in early 1995. The Mermaid I has
a square-shaped fantail stern area, and
can accommodate wheelchairs back there, as well as the forward
areas. The colors really stand out because of the reciprocal sea green color
scheme, and yellow stripe around her superstructure cabin area. On this
cruiser, there's a lot less bench seating available in the bow area, since
the room in the stern had to come from somewhere, without altering the overall
length of the familiar "Castaways"- class
ship design.The gray metal rub-rail around the main deckline of the Mermaid
I is parted, and not a continuous belt at the bow. Also, for
some reason, the white gunnel "walls" along the bow are not as widely curved
as they are on the first two motor cruisers.
the biggest change to the design of the cruiser, comes from
the 2 crewmembers having to climb up the rear steps to the pilothouse. On
the other 2 cruisers, the steps and handrails are located on the sides.
Now the guests/passengers can see up the pilothouse steps quite easily,
while they are seated in the main cabin section. Because of this radical
change, improvements were made in the side visibility from the pilothouse.
There are viewport windows, so the pilot can look downward from the pilothouse,
and see out the side doors. This is crucial during docking maneuvers, when
the pilot and deckhand have to coordinate tying up the boat to the cleat
on the dock. There are also a set of windows located in front of the forward
side doors. Also, the exterior overhead life vest storage area on the first
two cruisers, does not exist on this new cruiser. The life vests are stored
in compartments under the seating benches, and in the forward bulkhead lockers,
located underneath the front windows.