Nichols Brothers Boat Builders- A new-build shipyard and full-service repair facility invests over 50 years experience on Puget Sound in Freeland, Washington. NBBB specializes in steel and aluminum vessel construction, repair and major conversions from production engineering to turn-key delivery. In addition Nichols Brothers secondary facility in Langley, Washington consists of a mooring pier and is utilized for dockside service work including: interior upgrades, vessel modifications, and repowers. Nichols Brothers state-of-the-art technology, cutting-edge tooling, and skilled tradesmen allow us to build vessels that meet and exceed our customer’s schedule, budget and performance expectations. NBBB has built, converted and repaired an array of vessels from high-speed catamarans, fishing vessels and ATB tugs to name a few. We service both the passenger vessel and work boat sectors of the maritime industry. Please visit us on the web for more information www.nicholsboats.com.
Experts in efficient and economical construction of all varieties of barges, Nichols Brothers has built split hopper dredge barges and deck barges from 100 to 237 feet.
Nichols Brothers introduced high-speed catamarans to American waters in 1983, when an Alaska cruise operator presented us a menu of unique requirements. We’ve since built 45 vessels for river, inland waters and open sea conditions. New 118-foot WETA ferries meet San Francisco Bay’s stringent demands for passenger amenities and environmental impact.
Nichols Brothers boats treat passengers to beautiful interior appointments from which to enjoy scenery on rivers, lakes, and ocean bays. We build sleek, modern, triple-deck monohulls up to 232 feet, and sternwheelers (including working sternwheels along with Z-drives) up to 360 feet.
Nichols Brothers builds monohulls and catamarans to suit many different conditions. An 8-car California slough ferry is designed to ground on concrete ramps on either side of its 3-minute crossing, while a 64-car Washington State ferry takes on the frequently challenging seas where the Strait of Juan de Fuca angles into Puget Sound.
Since 2003 the Port of Los Angeles has enjoyed the security of one of the world’s most powerful and versatile fireboats. Designed by Robert Allan Ltd. and built by Nichols Brothers, the Los Angeles Fire Boat No. 2 carries diving equipment, a hypothermia treatment room, 6,000 gallons of foam, and can pump water at 38,000 gpm.
The U.S. Navy’s X-Craft, launched in 2005, is Nichols Brothers’ most advanced vessel yet. Its flight deck accommodates two helicopters, and the cargo deck can transport troops, vehicles, or 12 cargo containers. Two 34,000 BHP gas turbines provide speeds of 50+ knots. Uses may include battle force protection, assault support, and humanitarian aid.
Aluminum catamarans adapt beautifully for excursion duty, offering excellent passenger comfort, seaworthiness, style, and attractive seat/mile costs. Special features can include gourmet galleys, advanced sound systems, and stoutly reinforced keels and stems designed for beach landings.
Nichols Brothers has the engineering expertise to design complete new propulsion installations for working watercraft, including engines, gearboxes, shafts, propellers, and all associated electrical, plumbing, and structural systems. We have converted vessels from propellers to water jets, including the essential new hull structure.
Nichols Brothers’ founder and patriarch, George Mark Nichols, began building modest steel-hull tugs on the Columbia River in 1938. Our 2009 100 foot/6,800 BHP “Delta Billie” has just received the highest effective power rating of all tugs operating in San Francisco Bay, based on ability to stop a disabled tanker in the least distance.
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