Steeped in history and recently emerging as a beautiful yacht, the 112 foot Maryland Independence underwent her first conversion from a warship to a yacht in the 70's.
Originally, she was a Fairmile B design Fast Patrol Boat (ML-120) laid down in 1943 and commissioned in 1944 for the Royal Canadian Navy and placed in service as a fully armed submarine chaser during WWII patrolling the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
During her following years, she underwent a full conversion and two full restorations. In 2010, she began a two year plus restoration and now presents herself as a beautiful yacht that exudes understated class and elegance.
Over a period of time, she was manned by a professional crew while owned by the State of Maryland and was used for familiarization cruises to promote commerce for the Port of Baltimore and the Chesapeake Bay. She quickly gained notoriety as the states on-water ambassador for high profile dignitaries, Fortune 500 corporations and many companies involved in foreign trade.
The M/Y Maryland Independence is exceptionally accommodating as a private yacht. On the lower deckaft of the engine room, she has a large bright and airy master's cabin attractively accented by the ship's whale bone shaped frames with a queen bed and an ensuite head with a separate shower stall. Moving forward through a short passageway there are two tastefully furnished guest cabins. One is to starboard with a double bed and another to port with twin single beds. Adjacent in the passageway is a separate private head complete vanity, toilet and a full size shower stall. A large storage locker is under the steps leading up from the companionway while slightly aft there's another locker for below deck ship's storage.
Forward of the large engine room on the lower deck, there is a spacious engineers room running athwartships with two over/under berths on the port side. With minimal cost and ease this room may be easily converted to two full sized cabins with overnight accommodations in each for two large berths with both cabins utilizing a short passageway. This passageway would lead to two existing side by side head compartments while opposite to starboard is the captains office plus a small storage room.
Continuing forward through the passageway while passing the steps to starboard that lead up to the forward section of the forward salon you then enter the large galley which runs fully athwartships. Moving forward through a large door that separates the galley from the crew quarters forward, the rightfully divided crew quarters has two over under berths to port and forward there is a separate and private crew cabin for a hostess with a large single berth. Opposite to starboard is a large head compartment with a full sized shower, toilet and vanity. Immediately aft to starboard opposite the two crew berths, there is a large pantry for ship's stores which can possibly be utilized as an extension of the galley for food prep counters, additional lockers and appliances should they be needed.
Up one level to the main deck and in the forward salon, the wide covered weather decks and the pilothouse which has wing doors to provide immediate access to the foredeck. The pilothouse provides a commanding full view while one can't help but take notice of both some of the original ships equipment such as the annunciator, binnacle and compass, spotlight and of course the ship's wheel all of which are complimented by elegant varnished mahogany joinery.
There is a ladder directly up from the pilothouse for access to the bridge helm. Aft of the pilothouse the spacious forward salon with it's "trolley car" roll down windos has a large mirrored bar suitable for either open entertaining or sit-down dining for fourteen persons. Moving aft through a short passageway to stbd is the amidships door from the weatherdecks to the main salon. This also gives way aft to the even larger main salon which features a newer large screen TV on the bulkhead above the fireplace while adjacent to port is a beautiful mahogany wetbar for serving guests. One can't help but note through conversions and restorations every effort was given to maintain and preserve the original bronze ports and wheelhouse of the D-120 as a warship. The conversions included the addition of the trolley car roll down windows for exceptional ventilation, a fireplace with a marble hearth and large flat screen TV above with original photos of her as a warship and photos of visiting dignitaries augment the yachts heritage of evolving as a beautiful lady.
Moving further aft in the main salon, steps down to port allow access to the aft cabins while center aft clear glazed double doors open to the fully enclosed and heated fantail sunroom where relaxing, entertaining, and breathtaking views of sunsets can be had in comfort and style. Wing doors provide access to both sides of the protected weather-decks and steps up to the boat deck are to port. Just aft of the sunroom and through a solid gate provides access to the poop deck and it's mooring winches.
Forward on the boat deck, is the large enclosed bridge which provides a 360degree view and redundant controls while underway. Also, the bridge is equipped to starboard with a large proper drawered chart table while behind the helm is large cushioned bench seating for 12-14 people and storage for 50+ PFD's. Moving further aft on the boat deck through Dutch doors with clear Uzip plastic panels, there is standing and seating room for more than 35 guests protected by high safety rails....the perfect spot to experience dramatic panoramic views. relaxing, entertaining, or simply taking in breathtaking sunsets.
More recently, the Maryland Independence has been offtered for private charters, parties or families since she can entertain up to 55 guests at pier side and as many as 12 guests underway under current USCG regulations.
Recently hauled and surveyed by an independent surveyor in Portsmouth, VA and checked by the USCG, all below waterline fittings and running gear were found to be in excellent condition and the hull integrity remains uncompromised thanks to the application of 5 tons of fiberglass and resin. Her low hours and slow turning twin diesel Volvo engines continue to deliver economy while maintaining 10-12 knots underway at a meager burn rate from 18-21gph.
Please refer to additional sections of this listing for more details and specifications and don't forget to click on the tab marked Video next to the photo tab to see a compilation of her recent two years of restoration and upgrades.
An excellent attraction for dockside parties and charters, the Maryland Independence is an elegant lady that turns heads in every port!
Please contact Bill Adams, Central Agent (410)693-3133 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or to make an appointment to see this yacht.
The "Maryland Independence" is moored in a secured facility and is available by appointment for personal inspection by contacting Bill Adams, Central Agent. Mobile phone: 410-693-3133.
Please contact Bill Adams at 410-693-3133
Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:
Builder: LeBlanc Shipyard
Flag of Registry: United States
LOA: 112 ft 0 in
Beam: 19 ft 6 in
LWL: 107 ft 0 in
Length on Deck: 110 ft 0 in
Maximum Draft: 6 ft 0 in
Displacement: 220000 lbs
Headroom: 6 ft 8 in
Number of single berths: 3
Number of twin berths: 1
Number of double berths: 2
Number of cabins: 4
Number of heads: 5
On the main deck her spacious and traditional wheelhouse provides an expansive view while the appointments of her original gleaming chrome, rich varnished mahogany joinery, and ships wheel. The wheelhouse provides easy access to the weatherdecks through wing doors. Behind the helm is a large cushioned bench seat while just to port is the ladder going up to the bridge on the boat deck. Obviously at first notice, a bit of her rich history as a warship has been retained with her original bronze binnacle and bright chrome annunciator near the helm.
Just aft of the wheelhouse is the beautiful and spacious forward salon providing panoramic views on both sides with her trolley car windows that crank down to provide full ventilation and yet are protected by the overhangs of the weatherdecks. There's a long mirrored serving cabinet with a making this salon the favored dining area with seating for 14 or more. A very large richly finished mahogany chest provides storage for furniture and faces aft adjacent to the steps leading down to the lower deck and galley.
Further aft through the boarding passageway to stbd. is the expansive and attractively furnished main salon with a serving bar immediately to port while next to the marble hearth fireplace is a large flat screen TV above. Again, with touches of rich history, her appointments include the original ship's bronze ports, richly finished mahogany panels and sconce lighting with a large sofa, easy chairs, tables and lamps... the perfect spot for entertaining or evening conversation. To port and aft, steps lead down to the Master's and guest cabins while to stbd. double doors open to the aft enclosed sundeck.
The sundeck has wicker furnishings including chairs and glass top tables and can easily seat another 10-15 people while providing breathtaking views of sunsets in comfort and style. The wing doors on either side forward also access the wide weatherdecks while covered steps go up to the aft boat deck which provides an even more dramatic panoramic view. Centerline aft is a skirt door access to the poop deck as needed to tend to mooring winches while docking.
On the upper boat deck which is accessible from either the wheelhouse forward or the sundeck aft and below, the large enclosed flybridge provides expansive visibility for safety aboard while underway. The flybridge has dual controls, ships electronics, wheel and pilot seating, and a "proper" chart table with drawers in front of a large wraparound cushioned bench that can seat 15 persons while providing storage behind and underneath for PFD's. Wing doors from the bridge provide access to the aft boat deck while behind there is a mast in front of the funnel for electronics and flying colors. Further aft, the high safety rails and spacious deck area can easily accommodate a crowd either seated or standing. Further aft beyond the safety rails, a 45 person canister life raft is stored in readiness for any emergency.
On the lower deck aft, the yacht has a large Master's cabin with an ensuite head compartment that is accessible through the aft watertight bulkhead door. A toilet, large vanity, and a large shower stall compliment the Master's arrangement. His and her's hanging lockers to port, and additional lockers to starboard and a full sized double bed with a chest of drawers compliment these spacious quarters.
Forward of the aft Master's cabin through a short companionway thre are steps to port up to the aft salon with a large built in storage locker underneath while opposite there is a large guest head compartment with vanity, storage lockers, toilet and a full sized stall shower. Moving further forward to stbd. is a guest cabin with a double berth and storage below, a chest of drawers, and hanging locker while to port is another guest cabin with two twin beds and a chest of drawers and lockers.
Moving forward, the engine room bulkhead separates the yacht's arrangement at this point and on the forward side are the oversized engineer's quarters with two built in berths. These quarters are slated for conversion to two large cabins with two separate heads adjacent in the companionway bringing the overnight sleeping capability of the yacht to 10 plus separate crew quarters for 3.
Further forward at the foot of the steps leading down from the forward salon, to the left is the captains office and two small storage rooms while opposite are two guest head compartments with toilet and vanities.
The large and fully equipped galley is forward of the same steps and runs full athwartship. Forward of the galley and through another watertight bulkhead are crew berths for two to port, a private single berth crew cabin (hostess) forward, and a large head compartment with shower to starboard with the pantry shelves and lockers occupying the area to the bulkhead. There's an escape ladder and overhead hatch from the crew quarters to the foredeck.
Further forward and accessible through a deck hatch, there is a relatively large and deep storage locker for multiple rodes and lines.
Galley & Pantry
Access to the galley and located on the lower deck is immediately forward of the steps from the forward salon. The pantry is accessed through a watertight bulkhead door and is opposite the crews quarters to starboard. Ship's stores are stowed in a large area of lockers and shelving along the starboard side.
The well illuminated, airy, and spacious full beam galley runs athwartships and is complete with long countertops on either side with a s/s sink, full sized refrigerator/freezer, built-in microwave, and an under counter 4 burner stove with oven.
Double stainless steel sink
General Electric Microwave oven
Full size commercial grade stainless steel fridge/freezer
KitchenAide 4 burner electric stove with oven.
Wall oven in pantry.
Dishwasher in pantry.
Overhead work lighting.
Electronics & Navigation
Robertson AP11 autopilot
Furuno Mdl. 1941 Class B radar
Motorola Triton II VHF
Standard DS35 Digital depth
Humminbird Wideview 3D Sonar/depth
Wagner #150 Rudder angle indicator
Trac Vision TV antenna (not wired)
Crestron fully pre-wired multi-media system
Northstar 941X Loran
Remote control 10" spotlight
Danforth 6" compass
Aiphone 206 Intercom
30kw Northern Lights genset (3900hrs.)
12.5kw Kohler genset
2 ea. Ideal electric windlass
Electric bilge pumps (8)
Engine driven emergency bilge pump
2ea . 250vAC Dockside shore power circuits
2ea. 50amp shore cables
3ea. Sentry battery chargers (12v/24v/32v)
220vAC Hot water heater
220vAC water circulating pumps (AC)
220vAC grey water pump
3M Overcurrent protection system
220vAC Electric toilets
22vAC Fresh water pumps
1110vAC holding tank diaphram pump
Engines & Mechanical
Twin Volvo 217hp MD120A six cylinder diesels
TwinDisc 2.5:1 reduction Mdl.MG509 transmissions
Engine room blowers
PVI Dripless shaft couplings
Spare stop shafts
Spare propellers (2)
Fuel transfer pumps (air driven)
Raycor fuel filter/water separators
Hydraulic wheel steering
Dry stack exhaust
Marine Air A/C chilled water system with air handlers
USCG approved Type 4 PFDs (50+ adult & childs); life rings, nav. rules, waste management plan (12m+)
First aid kits
Viking 45 canister life raft
High water bilge alarms (4)
Marpol trash compliant
Hull and Deck
The boat was originally built for the Royal Canadian Navy as a fully armed fast patrol boat powered by large gasoline engines to deliver more power and speeds to 26kts. She also had the capability to launch torpedoes, depth charges, and engage in surface battle with a 50mm cannon on her foredeck and numerous 20mm cannons. Since she was also intended to be used as a mine sweeper, her incredibly strong hull is built of carvel double planked mahogany tightly riveted with non- magnetic silicon bronze rivets so she would be totally non-magnetic to enemy mines.
During her second conversion of a four year duration around 1979, reportedly the yacht's interior and machinery were removed and she was inverted and allowed to dry for nine months under cover. Upon making sure her hull was dry, 5 tons of resinated fibreglass cloth was hand laid in successive layers over her hull. Then she was righted and her interior bilges were treated to prevent rot and then painted out.
Finally, ballasted fiberglass bilge keels were attached port and starboard to reduce roll and the original command bridge was used as the forward section of the deck house. Also, along with other original hardware the search light, annunciator, ship's wheel, compass and binnacle,and the round bronze ports were also utilized. The aft section of the deckhouse was designed and built as a yacht with "trolley car" roll down windows to provide maxium airflow throughout. The aft section beyond the aft salon was later fully enclosed and in 2001 the hardtop flybridge was added along with the boat deck railings.
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of this vessel. A Buyer should instruct his Agent or Surveyor to investigate such details as the Buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.