BRIX Marine Delivers Shark Tours Catamaran

The Kamohoali’i, a state-of-the-art 40-foot by 14-foot catamaran built by BRIX Marine. Photo: BRIX Marine.

Port Angeles, Wash.-based BRIX Marine in January said that it has delivered Kamohoali’i, a state-of-the-art 40-foot by 14-foot Classic Tunnel Catamaran (CTC), purpose-built for Haleiwa Shark Tours on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. 

Kamohoali’i is powered by twin Volvo 380HP D6 diesel engines, which are renowned in the industry for commercial-grade reliability.

“With Seastar Optimus inboard steering systems and EPS Smart Cylinders, the vessel ensures dynamic propulsion, optimal performance and precise maneuverability through Hawaiian waters,” BRIX said in a statement.

A standout feature of Kamohoali’i according to BRIX is the Garmin navigation system, including a 12-inch Volvo glass cockpit screen and a seven-inch multi-function display. Other features also aboard the vessel safe and efficient maritime operations are GPS, an AIS Class B transponder and a VHF radio.

Additionally, the catamaran is equipped with two helm stations: the main station and a second station on the starboard side cabin aft. This, BRIX said, allows for enhanced visibility and control, providing the crew with flexibility and ensuring optimal positioning for the best shark encounters.

BRIX said that the vessel’s 40-foot by 14-foot dimensions provide ample space for 29 passengers plus two crew and that advanced safety features aboard include watertight hatches, bilge pumps and emergency systems.

The 20,560-pound vessel’s other specifications include two Volvo 380HP D6 diesel engines and a 12V DC electrical system.

Kamohoali’i is a testament to BRIX Marine’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of marine innovation,” company Managing Director Perry Knudson said. “Our goal is to not only design and build great vessels, but also to support ventures like Haleiwa Shark Tours in their mission to educate and inspire through responsible marine tourism.”

The Haleiwa Shark Tours agency, which is based in Haleiwa, Hawaii, said that Kamohoali’i would play a pivotal role in fulfilling its mission of sharing the cultural significance and ecological importance of sharks by offering a vessel that “goes beyond touring—it’s a platform for immersive, responsible and authentic shark encounters.”