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February 10th 2013. By Zuzana Prochazka.

Nantucket Lightship For Sale

You are sure to be the only one on your block (or in your county or state for that matter) to have a boat like the Nantucket, because there are only about a dozen left in the US.

Nantucket is a 1950 lightship, yes, a real lightship, and she’s completely functional and mobile. Better yet, she’s been restored and turned into a luxury charter yacht so she’s gorgeous and comfortable inside and out.

Nantucket lightship at night

The Nantucket has been refit as a charter yacht and is now available for sale in Massachusetts.

This sturdy vessel served her first duty as WLV-612, stationed three miles off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco from 1950 to 1969. She then moved to Cape Mendocino down the coast of California, 1969-1971. Next, she transited the Panama Canal to take up her new post in Portland Maine, 1971-1975.

Her next and last term was as one of the Guardian Angels of the North Atlantic, marking the south shoals of Nantucket Island. As the last lightship in the United States, Nantucket was stationed 45 miles southeast of the island, 1975-1983. She was decommissioned by the Coast Guard in 1985.

Fifteen years later, her current owners bought her and brought her back to life with a complete refit. Over the next three years, they turned her in to a top-notch charter yacht and event facility. For non-overnight dockside parties, she can accommodate up to 144 guests.

Nantucket lightship saloon

4,000 square feet of mahogany and cherry paneled interior includes six cabins, six heads, and a day head.

Nantucket has 2,000 square feet of deck space for entertaining and 4,000 square feet of mahogany and cherry paneled interior with six cabins, six heads and a day head. Wood flooring, oriental rugs and original paintings adorn her beautifully furnished interior. As for your commuter, she comes with a 26-foot whale boat as a tender.

At 128 feet LOA, Nantucket is a big girl with a steel construction and 61,000 pounds of water ballast. There will be no worries about anchoring her safely, since she has a 7,000-pound mushroom anchor with 800 feet of chain rode. Her D379 Caterpillar diesel and 7-foot diameter prop will take you far; she has a 4,000 mile range and carries 11,000 gallons of fresh water. Nantucket also still carries her double Fresnel lenses on her foremast and 24 locomotive engine headlights on her main mast. Wherever you go, you will be noticed.

Nantucket is for sale in Massachusetts. Whether you choose to charter her or make her your floating home, she’ll be a topic of discussion wherever she goes.

For more information, visit the Nantucket listing on YachtWorld.

Zuzana Prochazka
Zuzana Prochazka is a writer and photographer who freelances for a dozen boating magazines and websites. A USCG 100 Ton Master, Zuzana has cruised, chartered and skippered flotillas in many parts of the world and serves as a presenter on charter destinations and topics. She is the Chair of the New Product Awards committee, judging innovative boats and gear at NMMA and NMEA shows, and currently serves as immediate past president of Boating Writers International. She contributes to Boats.com and YachtWorld.com, and also blogs regularly on her boat review site, TalkoftheDock.com.