"Mass Transit 105" was built (of all places) on a landfill in the shadows of the World Trade Center (1983-85) in downtown Manhattan, New York City, a site which has now become the "South Cove" at Battery Park City Authority.
She was custom designed by the late Alan Gurney, renowned naval architect, to stringent American Bureau of Shipping and US Coast Guard rules and regulations demanded of vessels that would be used to carry passengers in "exposed" waters of all oceans.
With such successful ocean racers as "Great Britain l and ll, consecutive winners of the earlier Whitbread Round the World yacht races,. and then later with the maxi, "Windward Passage" (that continued to set records and remained competitive for an unprecedented 15 years), Gurney helped pioneer the current trend of larger, planing, surfing hulls, with revolutionary thinking of low freeboard, beamier boats with shallower draft, canoe bodies, skeg keels and rudders and minimum wetted surface area.
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