Rottnest Fast Ferries will officially launch its newest vessel,Voyager, next Wednesday.
Investing in a catamaran will help the owners transport more people to and from the island.
Director James Mulholland said the 24m catamaran was built locally by Sabre Catamarans and could seat almost 180 people.
“Being a catamaran, or twin hulls, it is inherently more stable and will roll less than the other island ferries,” he said.
“It also has more open deck space than any other ferry running to Rottnest Island.”
The vessel adds to the company’s fleet, joining Seaflyte, which has recently undergone a complete interior and exterior refit and replacement of the engines.
“Since acquiring the business in 2012, we have surveyed our customers regularly and found that a year-round service from Hillarys Boat Harbour and more regular departures was a priority for people,” Mr Mulholland said.
“Voyager gave us the ability to offer eight daily departures during the Christmas and New Year period, including an 8pm departure from the island.”
Voyager will also be used for coast cruises on weekends and school holidays to allow people to experience the vessel without having to go to Rottnest. It can also be used for school educational purposes, dedicated charters to Rottnest Island and whale watching.
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