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1959 Custom Car Passenger Ferry Conversion to Excursion Dinner Vessel

US$ 429,000*
Interested in this boat? Tel: 207-387-7698
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Engine/Fuel Type:
Twin / diesel
Located In:
Newport, RI
Hull Material:
Current Price:
US$ 429,000 


LENGTH : 84.3’ BREADTH : 28.0’ DEPTH : 9.7’ GROSS TONS : 98 NET TONS : 66 PROPULSION : Twin Diesel HORSEPOWER : 360 HP FUEL CAPACITY : 4700 gal. BUILT : 1959/ Port Deposit, MD

The Monhegan was built by Wiley Manufacturing, Port Deposit, Maryland and launched as the William S. Silsby in 1959 for the Maine State Ferry Service. She operated between Bass Harbor and Swans Island year round with her ice class hull. Due to growth in the island’s population, the Silsby was replaced by a larger ferry in the late 1980’s. The will known Captain Raymond A. Remick, Jr., purchased her in 1992 and converted her to a tour/dinner boat out of Rockland, Maine.



The hull of the Monhegan has been kept up and is in very good condition, with every steel surface above and below the waterline having been scraped and painted. All weather decks are coated with a non-skid coating for traction. She was hauled out at Goodison Shipyard, North Kingstown, RI, in 2017, where she underwent a successful Coast Guard Credit Dry Dock exam. This extensive work included steel replacement, new cutlass bearings, dripless shaft seals, shafts and rudders were pulled and inspected, new keyways installed and a five-coat primer and paint coating system was applied.

After leaving Goodison, her engine and machinery space walls and bilges, as well as all other void spaces, were scraped and painted and are clean and perfectly dry.

Her hull is divided into eight individual watertight compartments, being the forepeak, two fuel tanks, the rope void, the water/storage void, the ice void, the engine room, the aft void fitted with the holding tank, and the lazarette containing the steering gear.

All compartments are separated by watertight bulkheads and are accessed by flush watertight hatches on the main deck. The only exception being the engine room, which is accessed by a companion way with stairs on the starboard side.

Engine Room

Her main propulsion is provided by twin Caterpillar D337 marine diesel engines rated at 250 hp each. Engines are 32VDC start, keel cooled with vertical dry exhausts suitably insulated. Each engine turns a four blade bronze propeller on 4” stainless shaft through CAT 27572 reverse/reduction gears at a 4.4:1 reduction.

Her heating system is powered by an oil-fired boiler located aft in the engine room. The machinery and below deck spaces are heated by hot water radiators.

Domestic hot water is provided by a 40-gallon electric hot water heater, and the domestic water is distributed by a pressure set. There is an electric clothes washer and dryer located in the machinery spaces as well.

Her sewage system is equipped with an ORCA II type-II MSD unit with pump out connection. The anchor windlass is driven off a power take-off attached to the Detroit diesel genset.

Primary bilge dewatering is accomplished by means of a large electric-driven centrifugal pump piped to a manifold with suctions to each bilge space and a second suction line in the engine room. 

A two-cylinder Lister diesel fire pump drives her fixed firefighting system and has a valved cross connection to the bilge suction manifold to provide emergency bilge dewatering. Audible and visual high-water bilge alarms are provided for the engine room and void spaces.

Ice Void

The ice void, just forward of the engine room, measures 14’ x 19’ x 7’ and contains a number of features designed to support the operation of a restaurant/tour boat but would be equally advantageous for her use in another capacity, such as a dock-side B&B or a liveaboard. These include both a full walk-in cooler and a full walk-in freezer, each approximately 4’ x 5’ x 6’, commercial A/C compressor units, a restaurant-sized ice machine, and a 40 gallon water heater. In addition, there is a room with a large stand-up shower stall and a washer and dryer area.

- Water/Storage Void

The water/storage void, has ample storage around the water tanks.

Main Deck

Most of her main deck is interior space with a salon, bar, and galley, all for serving passengers restaurant style. The salon and bar have painted walls and a floor of carpet tile, except for nonskid paint behind the bar. The galley has very functional metal wall and base cabinetry around restaurant appliances and the floor is nonskid paint. All of these interior spaces have central heat and air conditioning.

- Salon

The salon, measuring a massive 18’ by 30’, which may be used as a dining/dancing/spectator area, features a u-shaped bank of 20 windows providing amazing visibility for taking passengers on sightseeing cruises. Both central heating and air conditioning are available for entertaining in any kind of weather. Around this salon are port and starboard passenger walkways leading to an open bow space.

- Bar

Toward the stern, the salon opens to a full-service tavern-style bar complete with:

  • Three-basin stainless sink
  • Superior commercial stainless ice chest/coolers
  • Vintage brass five-keg tap
  • Soft-drink delivery system

The J-shaped bar is fabricated of metal with wood top with padded armrests and measures 13’ by 6’ by 8’. There are eight windows on the starboard side which slide open to provide fresh air. Behind the bar there is a complete Radio Shack sound system with two 250 watt amplifiers, CD-player as well as a mixer and sound effects system. This system is attached to Bose speakers throughout the bar and salon.

On the stern starboard side of the bar are two toilet facilities and a rear door that leads to a small covered stern deck open to passengers.

- Galley

Along the port side is the commercially-equipped restaurant/professional chef’s galley. It has extremely functional base and wall painted steel cabinetry with laminate counters:

  • Whirlpool Gold five burner electric range top
  • Custom fabricated stainless exhaust hood
  • Cadco Unox convection oven
  • Toastmaster sandwich press/griddle
  • APW Wyott AT Express conveyor toaster
  • Cleveland KET-3T rice steamer
  • Cleveland CET5 Steamcraft countertop steamer
  • Star countertop deep fryer
  • Cecilware stainless warmer
  • Globe Chefmate GC10 slicer
  • Star Metal stainless chest freezer with serving station
  • Superior stainless mini-refrigerator
  • General Electric side-by-side stainless refrigerator/freezer
  • Three basin stainless restaurant sink
  • Single basin stainless sink for either prep or clean up 
  • Kenmore dishwasher
  • Kidde fixed fire suppression system

The floor is nonskid paint with comfortable, easily cleaned foam mats.

Upper Deck

Access to the main deck accommodations are by means of two steel hinged doors port and starboard and one door aft. External ladders are fitted with appropriate rails and non-skid tread steps provide access to the upper decks and the pilothouse.

- Outdoor Deck and Bar

The forward upper deck is a very large open space, measuring 46’ by 22’, for entertaining and sightseeing, There is a large fixed canopy, measuring 18’ by 16’, for protection from the sun and elements. Also under this canopy is small full service bar aft and a drink/food rail forward.

- Stateroom

Aft of the bar area is a wonderful, enclosed stateroom that could be used for a variety of purposes, including the hosting of various types of passenger entertainment, more crew preparation, or even accommodations.


Her pilothouse is on the third level and is fitted with ample windows on every side to afford excellent visibility. Access is by means of port and starboard weather tight doors. The pilothouse is arranged with a navigation control console forward, which contains electronic navigation and communications equipment, and engine monitoring gauges for rpm, oil pressure and temperature with alarms and fuel flow meter. All controls are within easy view and reach of the operator. At each bridge wing is a remote operating station with steering and engine controls. All three control stations, the pilothouse and both wing stations, have access to the following:

  • ZF MicroCommander Engine Controls
  • Kobelt Jog Lever Hydraulic Steering with Rudder Angle Indicators

A steel raked mast arrangement sits atop the pilothouse and provides a platform for navigation lights and antennae.

A remote start switch for the fire pump and emergency generator shut down are located at the helm. The general alarm system is activated from the pilothouse which consists of bells and flashing lights distributed throughout the vessel.

Navigation and Electronics

She is fitted with the following electrical and navigation equipment:

- Electronics

  • Garmin 4212 GPS Chart Plotter Radar Combination
  • Furuno 1930 36-Mile Open Array Radar
  • Standard Horizon CP 180 GPS Chart Plotter
  • Standard Horizon Marine VHF Model GX-2100 (AIS)
  • Standard Horizon VHF with Remote
  • Furuno FCV 522 Color Sounder
  • KVH Quadro Fluxgate Compass
  • Cetrek 730 Auto Pilot
  • Raytheon Ray 430 Loud Hailer

- Navigation

  • White and Sons Magnetic Compass
  • Kahlenburg Ship Fog Horn
  • Kahlenburg Air Whistle - Low Pitch
  • Kahlenburg Air Whistle - High Pitch
  • Brass Bell
  • Perko 40 watt Dual Stacked Running Lights
  • Perko 40 watt Masthead Light
  • Remote Control Spotlight
  • Clinometer

Fire Protection and Life Saving

Her firefighting equipment consists of numerous portable CO2 and dry chemical fire extinguishers, Lister diesel fire pump with hose stations, and a fixed CO2 system for the engine space.

There are 50’ fire hose stations on the main deck and in the engine room.

Lifesaving equipment consists of the following:

  • 104 Type I PFDs in aluminum storage boxes (4 boxes holding 80 Adult PDFs and 2 boxes holding 24 Child PDFs are on board/an additional 6 boxes with 120 Adult PDFs are included in the sale)
  • Three 30” life rings with lines attached with a water light
  • A life sling
  • An EPRIB (exp. 2011)
  • Two First Aid kits
  • Two 50 person inflatable lift rafts

Tankage/Fuel System

Fuel storage consists of port and starboard integral tanks located in a forward void with a total capacity of 5000 gallons. The tanks are filled and vented from the main deck. Fuel is distributed through fixed piping, inline Racor filters, and USCG approved fuel hose.

There are two small hydraulic tanks in the engine room, one serving the anchor windlass and one for her steering system.

Fresh water is stowed in three cylindrical stainless-steel tanks in the water/storage void with an estimated capacity of 300 gallons. A sewage holding tank in the aft void holds 1500 gallons.

Deck and Mooring Equipment

The Monhegan has two anchors with chain and rope stowed in a forward void. There is a hydraulic anchor winch on the foredeck.


- Ship Power

The Monhegan is outfitted with a 120/240 VAC system powered by two diesel generators. Her main generator is a Cummins 6BT5, with a recent repower,  that drives a Lima 67kW @ 1200 rpm generator. This genset provides ample ship power for all operations and is quiet and reliable. The back-up generator is a GM 3-53 20kW @ 1800 rpm with a 24 gpm hydraulic pump on an electric clutch providing power the anchor windlass. The anchor windlass power is activated by a switch located near the windlass. Both diesel engines for gensets are keel cooled with dry vertical exhaust and operate off a 12 volt battery that is switched between gensets, and maintained by a Newmar charger.

Batteries in the engine room provide 32 volt starting power for the main engines as well as some other equipment, and are maintained by a Newmar charger. She also has an emergency 12 volt 8D house battery to provide emergency power for the engine controls as well as communication and navigation electronics.

- Shore Power

Shore power is provided by a 120/240 volt, 100 amp service cord that has a main service breaker. Power is distributed from a main distribution panel in the engine room to various breaker panels throughout the vessel. Main panel provides all service monitoring of AC voltage, amperage, and frequency. Galley switches on the main panel provide transfer from ship to shore power.

A licensed marine electrician has gone through her wiring systems, and all wiring is marine grade cable and is in good condition.

Survey available to named buyer

Owner has done most of the work with the USCG for a new COI

Open to Offers

Please contact Hal Oakes at (207) 5938191

Interested in this boat? Tel: 207-387-7698

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