Go Where The Big Ships Cannot
Cruise Under The Lowest Bridges
Blount Small Ships have been built with the purpose of bringing travelers to places that larger ships simply cannot go, with patented designs that allow our ships to slip, with inches to spare, under the lowest bridges on a canal, and fit through tight transit locks. It was all thanks to Luther’s invention — the Retractable Pilot House.
Walk from Ship to Shore
The idea came to Luther in a flash. He had seen people swim, right off their ships. He’d seen them climb up from the water on bow ladders. Which made him wonder: what if there was a ramp on the bow instead? Then he could just nudge the ship right up onto the beach, and his passengers could walk out the front door for a swim. Eureka! It was the first glimmer of what would later become the Blount Bow Ramp, an invention you'll see on all of our ships today.
Dock with the Yachts
Perhaps his most amazing feat was the shallowness of his ships' draft. The draft refers to how far below the waterline the lowest part of a ship is. Amazingly, after years of perfecting his designs, all of the ships in our fleet have drafts of less than seven feet. So, even though they can hold 83 passengers, a crew, engines, glass bottom boats, kayaks, and a whole lot more, our ships can clear obstacles that would stop other ships in their tracks.
View Life Below The Surface
And we just have to mention one of Luther's favorite ideas: the glass-bottom boat. You'll find it onboard our ships sailing Caribbean itineraries where passengers are guided by our naturalist Luz on an awe-inspiring group experience, viewing vibrant coral reefs, tropical fish and other creatures that reveal themselves below the boat during a tour.