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The Grand Lady is a US Flagged Vessel. At 80 ft long and 20 ft wide, it is of all steel construction, weighing in at 51 gross ton. Powered by 2 caterpillar diesel engines, rated at 250 hp each, the vessel cruises at 8 knots with a top speed of 12. The two engines were completely rebuilt during the winter of 2011, a preemptive measure to keep the Grand Lady running in tip-top shape.
The boat was originally built in Lacrosse, Wisconsin in 1993 by Skipper Liner Industries. She operated for 5 years as The Naples Princess in Naples, Florida until 1998 when it was purchased by Rick Deegan and transformed into The Grand Lady, making its maiden voyage on May 14th, 1998. The Grand Lady called Grand Island home for its first 15 seasons, sailing from the Holiday Inn Grand Island until the Spring of 2012 when she moved to her second home port at Rich Marina in Buffalo, NY. In the spring of 2017, the Grand Lady started a new adventure at her new home port at Buffalo RiverWorks.
The Grand Lady is licensed to carry 139 passengers. The boat comfortably allows 100 guests for a non meal cruise, 90 for a plated meal, and 80 for buffet meal. Our main deck dining area seats up to 74 guests maximum and also hosts our fully-stocked bar, caterer's galley, and heads (That's the restrooms for you land lovers). From the main deck, guests can head out onto the open-air bow deck or upstairs via one of two different staircases. Upstairs, you can visit the Captain hard at work in the wheelhouse, take in the views from the open air aft deck, or sit and eat inside our Captain's Club dining room. This smaller dining area seats a maximum of 22 passengers and is a favorite for smaller celebrations to give groups a sense of privacy aboard public cruises. For photos of the Grand Lady's interior and exterior areas, please visit the Photo Tour page or our Facebook page.