After conducting an international review of companies, on Thursday the Encore Boston Harbor resort announced that a custom luxury yacht builder in Charlestown, Mass., was chosen to construct three European-style, low-profile motor yachts that will shuttle Encore guests and employees year-round to points across Boston Harbor. Boston BoatWorks, which is located approximately 1.5 miles from the $2.5 billion resort, will build the 41-foot, state-of-the-art vessels that will accommodate 40 commuters each and form the core fleet of a robust water transportation system that Encore Boston Harbor is introducing.
The cost to build the three boats is approximately $3 million and will be privately funded by Encore with no public funding or taxpayer funds. The Encore Boston Harbor Water Shuttle will run 365 days a year throughout the day and evening with planned stops at the Seaport District and Financial District.
“The Encore Water Shuttle could revolutionize the use of Boston Harbor as a preferred and popular commuter pathway,” said Encore Boston Harbor President Robert DeSalvio. “Imagine boarding a shuttle at the Seaport and Financial Districts in Boston and docking at our resort in Everett in 20 minutes, rain or shine, with a guarantee of no traffic or parking issues. We’re turning a normally stressful and frustrating commute into a luxurious and relaxing experience.”
Each cabin features plush “Ultraleather” seating, gloss-varnished teak and a below-deck salon seating area with large hull windows and an overhead skylights. The vessels are equipped with state-of-the-art climate control and joystick steering systems as well as a computerized gyro stabilizer for smooth sailing in choppy conditions.
Final schedules, locations and fares have yet to be determined. The Encore Water Shuttle will be operating when Encore Boston Harbor opens in June of 2019.