The Goldbelt Seawolf – built and conceived entirely in the state – launched from Homer, Alaska, into Kachemak Bay earlier this week.

The 74-foot vessel was launched Tuesday, Sept. 10, from the Northern Enterprises boat yard. It is said to be the largest boat ever built in Homer. 

It took Bay Welding 11 months to assemble the vessel, which was engineered by the Coast Wise Corporation in Anchorage. The passenger catamaran was commissioned by Goldbelt Transportion to move people to and from the Kensington mine near Juneau. 

The craft was so large it required two cranes to move into the water. Alaska Crane and Bay Welding worked for days to get ready for the lift. 

The vessel is said to be a win for the Alaska economy, as the entirety of the Goldbelt Seawolf was created in Alaska with a local workforce. According to a release, usually a boat like this would be contracted out of Seattle, Washington. 

“Goldbelt Transportation prioritizes Alaska’s continued economic growth and stability,” said McHugh Pierre, the interim president and CEO of Goldbelt, Incorporated, "We place a high value on any ability we have to contribute to the local economy through the commissioning of in-state projects wherever possible."

The Seawolf was inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard to make sure it is up to standards. After the vessel is cleared, it will head to Juneau. 

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