History of the Chief

History of the Chief

The Chief Commanda II is a 320-passenger, all aluminum twin hull vessel that cruises at a speed up to 13 knots or 25 km/h. The ship is equipped with two bars, handicapped accessible washrooms, snack bar and open-air BBQ. On-board entertainment is featured every Sunday, in July and August.

The Chief features three decks. The main and second deck areas are enclosed with outside viewing areas. The top deck is open with seating and standing room, where passengers can enjoy the sunshine and a first class view...the perfect opportunity for picture taking.

History of the Chief
The Chief Commanda II was built by Marlin Yacht Company of Gananoque and is the first all aluminum, catamaran (twin-hull) passenger vessel in Canada. The Chief Commanda II was a new dimension in luxury and service equipped with electrically heated decks, comfortable seating, food and refreshment services. The Chief Commanda II is ideal for relaxation and comfort.

Especially designed for cruising these northern waters, the Chief Commanda II is approximately 100 feet long, 36 feet in the beam (width), and is powered by two, turbo-charged diesel engines built by Volvo Penta A/B of Gothenborg, Sweden.

About Lake Nipissing
Lake Nipissing is one of Northern Ontario's largest lakes, The 4th largest lake within Ontario, supplying water to the Great Lakes via the French River system. Historically significant and largely undeveloped, it presents the contrast between North Bay's urban skyline and breathtaking natural vistas. Dotted by islands and surrounded by hills and escarpments, the lake is steeped in legends. Once explored by Samuel de Champlain, it has been used for logging, minerals and transportation, and is now a legendary fishing and recreational waterway. You are in for a true voyage of discovery on board the Chief Commanda II!

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