The shipbuilding firm recently completed and delivered the Fire Islander, an 85-foot passenger ferry that will move commuters back and forth between Bay Shore, Long Island and Fire Island on Great South Bay, Long Island. A two-deck, all aluminum ferry, she is rated to hold 382 passengers. Her new owner is Fire Island Ferries (West Ferry, Inc.), which has a long-standing partnership with Blount that goes back more than 40 years.
Fire Islander, with three screws, is powered by three 600-hp Detroit diesels. She displaces nearly 44 tons and can cruise at 19 knots with a full load at 70 percent power, and 24 knots wide open.
Fire Islander has been built and certified under U.S. Coast Guard, and is based on an earlier ferry delivered by Blount to West Ferry, Inc., in 1984. The relationship with the Blount shipyard dates back to 1971 when Ed Mooney first met Luther Blount to have him build the Capt. Patterson, a 300 passenger, steel hull ferry for Fire Island Ferries.
The new Fire Islander is the ninth vessel built by Blount Boats for the Fire Island Ferries fleet since 1972.
— Ted Hayes