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Nichols Brothers launches new expedition vessel for Lindblad

Sep 13, 2018 05:17 PM

National Geographic Venture follows sister National Geographic Quest from the Washington yard

Courtesy Nichols Brothers Boat Builders

The following is text of a news release from Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB):

(FREELAND, Wash.) — Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) was contracted by Lindblad Expeditions in December 2015 to construct two 100-passenger cruise vessels for expedition cruising in coastal California, Baja California; Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, Costa Rica, Panama, and Belize. The first vessel, M/V National Geographic Quest, has operated within the Lindblad fleet since July 2017, while M/V National Geographic Venture launched Monday at Nichols Brothers shipyard in Freeland, Wash.

The Jones Act coastal cruise vessel, measuring 238 by 44 by 10 feet, is a state-of-the-art, purpose-built vessel made for exploring coastal waters, shallow coves, and fast-moving channels where wildlife congregates. Spacious cabins, open decks for wildlife viewing, and specialty tools for exploration make it an ideal platform for voyaging in remote areas.

The U.S.-flagged National Geographic Venture will transfer to NBBB’s pierside facility in Langley, Wash., for final outfitting and sea trials before being delivered to Lindblad Expeditions in October.

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