Fire Ball

Fire Ball

Accommodations & Layout

The main cabin is arranged with heads forward to port and starboard.  Running aft are fixed aluminum framed fiberglass benches port and starboard with a center, port and starboard aisle.  Aft of amidships on centerline is a stairway with access between the main and 01 decks.  Six moon pools in two viewing areas (there are six additional moon pools in two viewing areas forward that have been covered for current use) is aft with aisles center, port and starboard.  The 01 deck is arranged with the wheelhouse fully forward.  Fixed bench seating is set from the wheelhouse to the stern.


The FIRE BALL is in great working condition. The vessel is well for sightseeing and ferry operations.



General Specifications

Regulatory File – Insert Official Number 925654 in the Vessel Number box and click “search”

Style Sightseer/Glass Bottom
Builder Burpee Commercial Boats
Hull Deep V
USCG Certified Yes
USCG Dry Dock October 2026
USCG Official Number 925654
Route Certification Lakes, Bays and Sounds
Passenger Capacity 86
Gross Tonnage 48
Net Tonnage 38
Speed (approx.) Cruising: 9 knots @ 1200 RPM
Maximum: 12 kts @2800 RPM
Built 1987
LWL 55′
Beam 17′
Hull Depth Depth 5′ amidships
Freeboard Depth 4′
Draft Water: 4′ Air Draft: 18′
Displacement 40,000 lbs
Hull Material FRP
Deckhouse Material FRP
Tank Capacities Fuel: 500 gallons-steel
Waste: 500 gallons-steel
Potable Water: N/A

  • Control station with engine instrumentation (i.e., tachometer, engine oil pressure, ammeters, hour meters) and thruster controls
  • Twin Disc electronic clutch and throttle controls
  • Kobelt hydraulic steering
  • Fog bell
  • Danforth 4 ½” compass
  • Remote controlled searchlight
  • Uniden UM380 VHF/FM marine radio with antenna
  • Uniden Solara DSC VHF/FM marine radio with antenna
  • Garmin model 152 GPS
  • Raymarine model SL70 radarscan
  • Furuno NavNet model VX2 C-Map NT Max radar
  • Garmin model 152 GPS
  • Public address system


  • Four 12 VDC 8D enclosed heavy-duty batteries.
  • Battery charger
  • Perko battery isolation switch
  • 12,000 BTU heating system (engine water)
  • Internationally approved navigation lights (i.e., port light, starboard light, stern light, masthead light, anchor light)


  • 1” FRP hull
  • 7 watertight compartments formed by 6 transverse bulkheads.
  • Boarding doors: one port and one starboard with one service entry aft on starboard
  • Diving platform with ladder
  • Deck fittings:
    Waste: Aft
    Fuel: Port bow


  • Two 6-cylinder 300 HP @ 2800 RPM Caterpillar model 3116TA marine diesel engines, fuel filters, heat exchanger – remanufactured 2014
  • Engine hours: port 3,408, starboard 3,408 – July 2021
  • Twin Disc 2.54:1 reduction gears
  • 5” stainless steel shafts
  • Dry style exhaust silencers through stern
  • 30” x 23” 4 blade NIBRAL propellers


The vessel is equipped with two heads on the main deck, containing the following:

  • One macerator toilet
  • One sink with faucet
  • Toilet paper dispenser
  • Hand towel
  • Exhaust fan


  • 88 type II adult size personal flotation devices
  • 9 type II child size personal flotation devices
  • Three 22 passenger life floats
  • 1 Jim Buoy 30” life ring
  • One illuminated float light
  • One B-I and 3 B-II fire extinguisher
  • Pyrotechnic distress signals
  • One fire station including: approved rubber lined hose with brass or bronze fittings.
  • Ideal anchor pulpit with 60 lb. Danforth style anchor


  • Exterior coating: Paint
  • Exterior decks: Nonskid
  • Interior decks
    Salon: rubber
  • Interior Bulkheads:
    Salon: paint
    Heads: paint