VESSEL REFIT | Odyssey III – Fine dining on the Potomac

There are many fine and elegant places to dine in Washington DC, but few offer the comfort and opulence to match the Odyssey III. Her sleek, low profile superstructure designed to pass under the Potomac River bridges contains enough space to provide all the essentials of a grand evening. Cocktails, dinner, dancing and perhaps most importantly, the beauty and romance of watching the city lights from the deck of a boat on the serene river surface.

At 240 by 63 feet (73 by 19 metres) the Odyssey III’s deck provides ample space for a large group of people and a range of entertaining activities on her single deck configuration. Built in 1995, the steel-hulled vessel has entertained thousands of people while serving Washingtonians and their guests well. For 2019, her owners, decided to give her a spectacular US$2.2 million renovation.

The renovation included upgraded amenities such as the remodelled dance floor and bar space, new carpets, new fixtures and finishes. These are the all important public face of a dinner cruise boat, but the owners went well beyond the cosmetic. A pair of tired 540 hp (400 kW) Caterpillar 3412TAs were pulled out and replaced with a pair of electronic-controlled Tier 3 compliant Cummins QSK19 mains delivering 600 hp (450 kW) at 1,800 rpm into Twindisc MGX-5170DC gears with 4.5:1 reduction.

At the same time, the original two generator sets, one 537 kW and one 350 kW, were replaced with two Cummins QSK19-powered 530kW generators. With generator power equal to main propulsion power, this is clearly a luxurious dinner cruise boat. She has ample power for moving on the river and ample power for entertaining the guests whether they be dinning, dancing or just relaxing.

The refit and repower of the Odyssey III was carried out at the 1875-founded Colonna’s Shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia.

Odyssey III
SPECIFICATIONS
Type of vessel: Tourist boat
Flag: USA
Operator: Entertainment Cruises, USA
Refit: Colonna’s Shipyard, USA
Length overall: 240 feet (72 metres)
Beam: 63 feet (19 metres)
Main engines: 2 x Cummins QSK19, each 600 hp (450 kW) @ 1,800 rpm
Gearboxes: 2 x Twindisc MGX-5170DC, 4.5:1
Gensets: 2 x Cummins, each 530 kW

Alan Haig-Brown

Alan Roderick Haig-Brown is a Canadian novelist and non-fiction writer. He specialises in commercial marine and commercial fishing writing and photography. He is a regular contributor to a number of marine publications.