Solent & Wightline Cruises - Ali Cat


Manor Marine have delivered the 19.9m twin hulled aluminium catamaran Ali Cat to Solent & Wightline cruises.

Manor Marine were originally contracted to assemble the hull, but as time went on, Solent & Wightline Cruises asked for some additional works to help toward vessel completion.


Additional works included the construction of the wheelhouse, windows and superstructure, and the construction and fitting of the main engine seats. Manor Marine also painted the majority of the outside of the vessel, including anti-foul.

The Ali Cat was launched in February 2016 using Manor Marine's bespoke hydraulic slipway.


City Cruises - Mayflower Garden

City Cruises awarded a contract to Manor Marine for the removal of the existing deck structures, fabrication of a new aluminium alloy deckhouse, outfitting, overhaul of the machinery installation and to increase the overall length of the vessel by 0.8m.

Mayflower Garden

To improve the stability characteristics and to provide a completely flush deck within the accommodation spaces, the main deck was raised by 400mm and the original steel deck structures were replaced in Aluminium alloy. The rebuilt Mayflower has an overall length of 26.7m and a moulded breadth of 5.86m. Certification is MCA class V passenger certificate for operation in category C waters.

Mayflower Superstructure

Gardner Marine Diesels carried out a complete rebuild of the original Gardner 8LXB main engine, and Manor Marine completely overhauled the Perkins generating plant. Despite having only 170 bhp available, the Mayflower Garden is capable of around 11 knots.

The stern and rudder gear were all removed and found to be in good order, serviced and placed back in the vessel. There are two machinery compartments, the engine room and generator space. The engine room contains the main engine and DC batteries only. Within the generator space are two 27kVA 220/1/50 generators and the 220v AV fire pump.

All domestic machinery, including an Aqua Major water pressure set and Hyco Everlast calorifier, are in the aft store. Passengers are accomodated on two decks, the fully enclosed main deck and an open upper deck which has the wheelhouse forward.

Mayflower New

The new Mayflower Garden, with its now modern superstructure and clean lines is a sleek river passenger vessel.

There is seating for 98 on the main deck and 176 on the upper deck. This provides maximum seating on the open upper deck for sight seeing during the day and comfortable but flexible accomodation on the main deck for corporate hospitality or evening dinner cruises, and includes the facilities for live entertainment.

The aluminium deckhouse incorporates large, fixed, dark tinted windows throughout that provide excellent all round visibility for the passengers, who are seated in the forward portion of the structure. Internal spaces feature an air conditioning system. The air handlers are deckhead mounted within the accomodation and the compressor units are under the wheelhouse console.

Mayflower New

Forward in the deck house are loose tables and chairs for 36 persons, with a dance floor for functions or evening dinners. These can be removed and stowed below providing space for live entertainment and access to the dance floor. Excellent sound reproduction throughout is achieved with an integrated mixer/amplifier unit at the entertainer's position along with a professionally built speaker system.

The mid-part of the accommodation comprises fixed seating and tables, aft of which is the bar to port and coats stowage to starboard. The Mayflower features an eye catching, but functional bar with a lacquered hard wood counter, stainless steel outfitting, glass display shelves, and mirrored bulkheads with both dimming and variable function lighting.

Connemara Sea Tours

Connemara Lady

Connemara Sea Tours appointed Manor Marine to construct a 22 metre catamaran ferry capable of carrying 120 passengers. The vessel is fitted with a bar and a cafeteria with good viewing areas over two decks. The vessel is in use on Lake Connemara in Ireland. The luxury vessel received extensive media coverage in both Portland and Ireland.

Constructed of profiled mild steel and powered by twin Scania engines, the vessel can reach a top speed of 12 Knots and is designed for an in-service cruising speed of 10 Knots.

The vessel has an open upper deck and an enclosed lower deck fitted with high quality customised furniture. A low gradually sloping bow ramp provides access to the vessel via the lower deck and is both child and wheelchair friendly.

Connemara Lady
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