The Catalina Flyer resumes daily service from Newport Beach to Santa Catalina Island on April 1 with machinery that should give passengers a quieter and smoother ride, the catamaran's owner announced Friday.
The 600-seat passenger boat made in 1988, which runs between the Balboa Pavilion and Avalon, was removed from service in mid-September to have its engines replaced.
To fill in for the catamaran while the new engines were being installed in Whidbey Island, Wash., the company temporarily rented a 149-seat boat to make the daily sea crossings, owner Armen Gugasian said.
The engines had to be replaced to reduce diesel emissions, as required by legislation adopted by the California Air Resources Board in 2007.
Additional upgrades were also made to the boat's hydraulic system, thereby providing a smoother trip, Gugasian said.
Gugasian declined to say how much it cost to overhaul the boat.
Mike Donegan, the company's marketing director, said ticket prices would stay the same in spite of the repairs. Adult round-trip fares are $68, with discounts for seniors and children.