Captain Jack Cadigan
U.S. Coast Guard (retired)
50 years experience on ships and boats worldwide
USCG licensed Master on Oceans over 40 years
Six major Navy and Coast Guard sea commands during over 30 years of military service
Author of Boating Magazine articles on Seamanship
Seamanship and Navigation instructor at US Coast Guard Academy
Highly knowledgeable about Alaskan wildlife
Juneau resident for over 30 years
The "SCANIA" represents "cutting-edge" of maritime technology in design, propulsion, safety equipment, and electronics. Her stability makes her a prime choice for those seeking great photos of their "whaling" experience. SCANIA is also equipped with a hydrophone, so that guests can listen to the whales "sing" when this occurs (mostly during "bubblenetting").
SCANIA has an internal heating system to assure guests are "cozy and warm" en-route to the whaling grounds. A modern spacious "head" (toilet) is available for use.
A patented and proven hull design first invented in New Zealand, the twin-hull is radically different from conventional twin hull craft. Instead of cross-struts to strengthen the separation of the two hulls, which produces drag, the SCANIA’s design involves a "tunnel," with a FOUR INCH hull thickness. The shape is such that it turns the two internal bow waves downward and the forward motion of the boat forces the water into into an ever-narrowing tunnel. This uses the energy of these two bow waves to "lift" the boat several inches out of the water. This in turn reduces drag, and yet because the two hull sections are each "V-shaped" in their entirety, they provide dramatic stability and comfort, without "banging" like often experienced in a hull shape which is fairly flat aft in order for a boat to "plane."
SCANIA is propelled by twin turbo-charged Volvo diesel engines, delivering over 500 HP. Each engine has a computer that adjusts the flow of fuel and air provide maximum efficiency and speed, plus minimum pollution. Inputs into the computer are air temperature, humidity, engine temperature, oil temperature, fuel temperature, barometric pressure, and power demands.
The state of the art automatic steering computer system solves for inputs of wind, current, and waves to provide a steady, smooth, and direct course better than any helmsman can hold.
SCANIA is equipped with an "EPIRB" (Emergency Position Indicating Beacon) which automatically notifies aircraft in the vicinity as well as satellites in the event of an emergency, has an automatic (and manual) halon engine-room fire-extinguishing system, an emergency liferaft that can be either manually deployed or will automatically deploy, plus 150% of the required life-preservers, flares, smoke flares, and emergency lights.
SCANIA has THREE depth-sounders, including a forward-looking detector, two "GPS" (Global Positioning System) receivers, and two independent electronic navigational systems, two compasses, a 4KW radar, and of course a full complement of charts and other "old-fashioned" navigational equipment.
SCANIA is nationally recognized as meeting the strict safety, training, and equipment requirements for the award as an "Accredited Vessel" by the National Marine Charter Organization.