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The M/V Monhegan is a truly unique vessel with a long history of service. Launched for the Maine State Ferry Service in 1959, she was originally designed for carrying 8 cars and 149 passengers on her expansive main deck. Her hull was completely overbuilt with extra thick steel for ice breaking and specially shaped to handle the extreme weather of the North Atlantic. She was sold to a private party in 1990 and began her next career as a dinner/party/sightseeing vessel out of Rockland, ME. The prestigious naval architecture and marine engineering firm of John W. Gilbert Associates was hired to complete this refit.She is well on her way to being re-certified, with a complete haul out and a recent Coast Guard dry dock certificate issued on the hull and running gear. The re-certification will depend mostly on where she will be operating under her new owner.The Monhegan is best described as "The 59' Cadillac of Boats” - big and powerful, representing the pinnacle of mid-century modern America. She is truly irreplaceable.This stately and distinguished 60 year old vessel is more attractive than ever, the main reason being her twin Caterpillar D337-F main engines. They excel in their simplicity and ease of upkeep. Engineered when being user serviceable was a requirement, this series of CAT engines ended the era of easy to repair.Parts and service on more modern diesel propulsion is backlogged with incredibly long waits and unavailability due to our new normal of ever-increasing supply chain breakdowns. With the Monhegan, there is no waiting weeks for a service rep to show up with a laptop to diagnose an issue. In addition, a prospective buyer has unparalleled access to replacement parts. The CAT D337-F was massed produced for many different applications all over the world, especially generator service, which offers an unique advantage. Any local diesel shop will be able to service these engines and keep them running flawlessly. With that being said, the sale of the Monhegan includes a complete spare CAT D337-F engine, along with several other major components.The possibilities for the Monhegan's future service are endless. With such a versatile platform and ease of maintenance, she could easily run for another 60 years.
The main deck is dominated by a huge interior space with a salon, bar, two restrooms, and a galley, all for serving passengers restaurant style. As you can see from the following photos, this space could easily be converted to organizational space for fishing charters or luxurious entertaining areas as a liveaboard.
The salon, measuring a massive 30’ by 18’, features a u-shaped bank of 20 windows providing amazing visibility for passengers. Currently set up for serving restaurant style on sightseeing dinner cruises, with areas for dining and dancing.
Other options for this massive space include being arranged as a cigar bar with clusters of leather club chairs. Or for the organization of gear and seating for fishing charters. Or add a huge comfortable sectional and it could become the main living room area of your new liveaboard.
Around the outside of the salon on both the port and starboard sides, there are walkways leading an open deck area at the bow. These areas are easily accessible to passengers for viewing scenery or casting lines for fishing.
Toward the stern, the salon opens to a full service tavern style bar. The u-shaped bar, which measures 13’ by 6’ by 8’, is fabricated of metal with a gorgeous mahogany top inlaid with interesting photos and maps.
Around the perimeter of the bar are six high top bar tables for more seating and two bathroom facilities.
This area could be used for dining as currently outfitted or the bar could be removed and it could become a traditional dining area as a liveaboard.
Along the port side of the bar area is a commercially equipped galley. It provides ample cabinetry and counter space to accommodate a restaurant’s needs or the those of a professional chef.
Built in are a five burner electric range top with a custom fabricated stainless exhaust hood. In addition, there is a convection oven, sidebyside stainless refrigeratior/freezer, stainless sandwich prep bar, three basin stainless sink, and dishwasher.
Aft of the bar is a rear door that leads to an inviting covered deck open to passengers for dining, fishing, or even relaxing in a hammock.
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.
The forward upper deck is a very large open space, measuring 46' by 22'. It's perfect for outdoor dining, cocktail parties, an elevated view of the ocean and sights, sunbathing, or another hammock. At the bow is a unique fixed gangway for getting out over the main deck on the second level.
A large fixed canopy, measuring 18' by 16', provides protection from the sun and elements while enjoying all the possible uses of this deck.
Under the canopy is a second full service bar for providing passengers on the upper deck with food and beverages while they enjoy the panoramic views from sun or shade.
Aft of the bar area is a wonderful, enclosed stateroom that could be used for a variety of purposes. The expansive windows make it an ideal space for hosting all kinds of passenger entertainment, such as a private bar/smoking room with a humidor. Prior uses have included extra space for crew preparation as well as a stateroom for overnight accomodations. The layout of this area would allow it to easily be connected to the main salon/bar area.
On each side of the stateroom is a covered deck area and a stairway to the pilothouse.
The stern of the boat has more deck space large enough for some comfortable chairs to relax and enjoy the views. It could be a gated private deck area for the stateroom.
Her pilothouse is on the third level just aft of midship. It is fitted with ample windows on every side to afford excellent visibility for navigating and docking. In addition, it's position toward the stern allows the passengers unobstructed views unlike most other vessels in her class.
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.
There are bridge wings on both the port and starboard sides of the pilothouse. Each is a remote operating station with steering and engine controls.
Aft of the pilothouse is a 15' x 10' third level deck that could be utilized for crew or passenger use.
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.
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.
Other large holds in the hull are currently used for restaurant equipment, dry goods, life jackets, rope, etc. These areas could have so many other uses as a commercial vessel. Or they could be combined with the ice void to redesigned to accommodate a number of private staterooms.