After all the windows have been installed and the Sikaflex has dried we were able to start installing all the seats and start completing all the small details. The seats come from Willingham Canada with custom upholstery with the Keefer Lake Lodge logo stitched into the headrests. The seats are comfortable and light weight with enough shoulder room to comfortably fit all 15 passengers.
Oak Creek all terrain vehicles supplied The brand new Pisten Bully 400 snow cat for the build and dropped it off to us at Aqualu Industries to test fit the passenger carrier.
We then bolted on all the rear accessories like the folding stair case and the ski / snowboard boxes. After everything was where it needed to be, it was time to take it back off to continue with our long list of final details. Like getting the decals put on.
Sign Craft sent one of their employees here to lay out the gold decals as one of the final touches before we put the passenger carrier back on the snow cat for a final time. Before we ship it out to Keefer Lake Lodge.
Big thanks to all the local companies who helped make this a reality and huge thank you to Jeff Gostlin of Keefer Lake Lodge for the opportunity to give you Aqualu quality in a unique project such as this.
With the Sikaflex on the exterior all dry, we can now focus our attention to the interior. The interior panels are a combination of .063” thick on the walls, and 3/16” thick checker plate on the floors. Again we turned to our CNC router machines to cut out the panels to include seat mounts, fuel filler and of course rivet holes. We chose to leave the frame exposed on the roof for a unique look while insulating most of the walls and covering them with our .063” thick panels. The raised section inside keeps all passengers facing forward which is a luxury when you’re climbing a mountain 80% of the time, no side seats or rear facing seats which make it uncomfortable on those long climbs, just another feature that makes this passenger carrier a step above.
Another key feature of this passenger carrier is the overhead storage boxes, Each passenger has their own storage box which is large enough to carry your safety packs and your glove, goggles and other winter gear, they even includes 2 glove heaters per box. In the back corners of the passenger carrier are two heaters that bring heat to the glove heaters as well as defrost the big sliding side windows.
Speaking of windows, this Passenger carrier has 18 of them, 10 Fixed windows on the roof and 8 windows on the sides (7 of which are sliders) to allow for maximum airflow. The upper deck has almost a 360 degree view. More Sikaflex was used when installing the windows to keep them water tight.