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Ask The Disney Experts Discuss Disney's Navy in the Ask The Experts forums; the boats were built to look like the ones that are used in European citys. The only difference is the ones at WDW have air conditioning . I am not ...
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    the boats were built to look like the ones that are used in European citys. The only difference is the ones at WDW have air conditioning . I am not sure of the name of the company though.
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    I used to be a friendship boat captain and they told us thats the company made them. at a cost of about 1 million each. i dont remember the name of the guy that designed them. there are 8 total in the fleet now. friendship 1-8.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToddBreakey
    For those of us who have not done much on the water (other than Jungle Curise and 20K Leagues), please explain what the "Friendship Fleet" is, and post a picture if you have one.

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    when i get some time i will post some pics of the frienship boats hey and maybe even one of me driving the thing.lol oh yeah they do run in the world showcase lagoon, from 11 am til about 7:30 pm or so.

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    A timely question
    as All Ears(R) Weekly Newsletter a production of allearsnet.com
    published this little tidbit in the recent June/28/2005 edition...enjoy!
    STEP BACK IN TIME
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    Ever wonder what Walt Disney World was like way back when? Each
    month we visit a time gone by in Walt Disney World history. This
    month we return to 1982 and the Winter Edition of "Epcot Center
    Today."



    The article: "Cruise Boats Ready for the World Showcase." Ah
    yes, you know them well -- the Friendship boats that take you
    across the World Showcase Lagoon and on a trip over to the
    Disney-MGM Studios via the Epcot resorts!



    The Friendship I was designed by naval architect Ben Ostlund,
    who was inspired by boats used to transport European tourists
    down canals and rivers. In conjunction with WED Enterprises,
    Ostlund designed a glass top water taxi for the 40-acre World
    Showcase Lagoon. Two boats, Friendship I and II, opened the
    park. Unlike their European counterparts, the Friendships had
    climate control (aka air conditioning). Maximum speed was 5.6
    knots (6.5 miles per hour). There is no rudder on the boats and
    no reverse either! The propeller rotates 360 degrees to perform
    maneuvers. This 66-foot boat took 18 months to construct and was
    built by the Walt Disney World Facilities Division. They had
    several months of trial runs before going back to the shop for a
    paint job and overhaul to make them ready for the opening of
    Epcot Center!

    Walt Disney World: A History in Postcards

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    One Quick note with that. ABout half of the fleet of friendships are 68 feet. Also they are continually refurbished with one boat going in at a time. Friendship one just came out of dry dock, with number 5 i think going in next.

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