Join us aboard a classic Maine Lobster Boat
All our custom charters and cruises are conducted aboard the M/V (motor vessel) MONHEGAN. MONHEGAN was built in 1969 by Elihu Beal of Beals Island, Maine. She is sturdily constructed following the time-tested "Downeast" design that has made the Maine Lobster Boat a world-renown, safe workhorse perfectly suited for the waters of Maine.
MONHEGAN was originally used as a lobster boat during the fall/winter lobstering season around Monhegan Island. In the summers, she served as a passenger ferry, shuttling people and goods between Monhegan Island and the mainland.
After a couple of decades of passenger service, her owners retired, and they used MONHEGAN exclusively as a recreational vessel. Throughout her lifetime, she has been maintained to the highest standards, and she consistently turns heads wherever she goes.
In 2011, her original owners felt it was time to sell, and she was purchased by Jim Gallea, owner of Casco Bay Custom Charters. Jim has worked in partnership with MONHEGAN’s original owners to continue the tradition of top quality maintenance in hopes of preserving MONHEGAN for many safe and productive years to come.
MONHEGAN is 37 feet long with a beam (width) of 11 feet. She is made of cedar over steam-bent white oak frames. She is powered by a 6-cylinder Detroit Diesel engine that is as rugged and reliable as the boat herself. Although she used to be a workboat, MONHEGAN has now been nicely updated to ensure passenger comfort and a fantastic onboard experience.
On deck, the platform where lobstermen once hauled, baited, and re-set their traps is now the perfect setting for our guests to relax and take in Maine's scenic coast. A large bench and deck chairs offer plenty of comfy seating. Movable tables allow flexibility in the deck layout and make it easy to enjoy food and drinks during charters. The entire aft deck is shaded by a retractable awning, and in cool or windy weather, the deck can be completely enclosed.
Below decks, MONHEGAN has an environmentally friendly marine composting toilet (head) in a private compartment. She has a small freshwater sink for washing hands and dishes. Also below are two small berths and a small galley (kitchen). There are two 120V electrical outlets for charging cameras, phones, etc.
A Portland Pudgy dinghy is available to shuttle passengers and gear ashore at locations where no public dock or pier is available.