Nichols Brothers Launches M/V Tiny

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The Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, Inc., Freeland, Wash., boatyard recently completed the M/V Tiny, a 70-foot long triplescrew shallow draft tug boat. The construction of this vessel was the result of a joint venture between Crowley Maritime Corporation and the Kuskokwim Transportation Company of Bethel, Alaska, a native- owned and operated organization. The M/V Tiny was christened at the company's Langley, Wash., dock facility. It will serve the Bethel, Alaska, area by providing villages along the Kuskokwim River with fuel and other supplies. The M/V Tiny has a length of 70 feet, a beam of 28 feet and a draft of 4 feet with accommodations for a crew of 7. It is powered by three caterpillar 3408TA engines rated at 348 hp coupled to Twin Disk 514 gears with a 3:1 ratio and driving Coolidge 46 by 26, fourblade stainless-steel propellers. The auxiliary engines are two Detroit Diesel 2-71's coupled to 30-kw generators. The tow winch is by Markey Machinery. Devoe paints are used throughout. The electronics for the Tiny include Furuno Loran LC-80 and FR701 radar, Sperry Gyrocompass and Autopilot; Raytheon hailer, and Motorola Triton SSB and two ICOM M80C VHF radios.

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