Michael B. Meli

Michael B. Meli

Accommodations & Layout

The main cabin is arranged forward with interior facing bench seating along port and starboard and outboard facing bench seating along the centerline.  She has boarding amidships port and starboard.  Access stairs between the main and 01 decks is amidships port and starboard.  Aft are two back-to-back bench modules on starboard and two modules to port.  The beverage bar is fully aft center with the head to port.  The 01 deck is arranged with forward facing bench seating and the wheelhouse fully forward.  A ladder forward of the wheelhouse offers crew access between the main and 01 decks.


The MICHAEL B. MELI is in good condition. The vessel is well for sightseeing and ferry operations.



General Specifications


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Name Michael B. Meli
Style Ferry
Builder Blount
Hull Displacement
USCG Certified Yes
USCG Dry Dock December 2021
USCG Official Number 539334
Route Certification  Lakes, Bays & Sounds
Passenger Capacity 149 (123 01 Deck)
Gross Tonnage 58
Net Tonnage 39
Speed (approx.) Cruising: 18 mph @ 1,200 RPM
Max: 21 mph @ 2,100 RPM
Built 1972
LOA 75′
LWL 70.7′
Beam 18′
Hull Depth Depth 5.7′
Freeboard Depth 3.1′
Draft Water: 5.5′ Air Draft: 23′
Displacement 52.15 long tons
Hull Material Steel
Deckhouse Material Aluminum
Tank Capacities Fuel: 800 gallons-steel
Waste: 178 gallons-steel
Potable Water: 112 gallons-steel


  • Control station with engine instrumentation (i.e., tachometer, engine oil pressure, ammeters, hour meters) and thruster controls
  • Morse clutch and throttle controls
  • Hydraulic steering
  • Fog bell
  • Ritchie model B-81 compass
  • Jabsco model 43640-0120 Xylem searchlight
  • One Standard Horizon model GX1300 VHF/FM marine radio with antenna
  • One ICOM model M424 DSC VHF/FM marine radio with antenna
  • Horizon model LH5 loud hailer
  • Koden AIS
  • Furuno model RDP-149 chart plotter
  • Furrion model 1835 radar
  • Furuno NavNet model VX2 C-Map NT Max radar
  • Garmin model GSMAP 182 011 GPS


  • Twenty-two bench modules


  • Stainless steel sink
  • Stainless steel ice bin
  • Perlick 4′ x 2′ cooler


  • Ship service 12 kW Northern Lights model M843NW3 (24 VDC) generator powered by Lugger marine diesel keel cooled – sound shield – engine NEW 2014
  • Hours; 6,600 March 2021
  • Ship to shore power switch
  • Two 100 AMP shore outlet
  • 120 VAC lighting
  • 120 VAC duplex outlets
  • Eight 12 VDC 8D enclosed heavy-duty batteries
  • Battery charger
  • Perko battery isolation switch
  • Internationally approved navigation lights (i.e., port light, starboard light, stern light, masthead light, anchor light)


  • 3/16” welded corten steel plate hull
  • 1/4” welded aluminum deckhouse
  • 6 watertight compartments formed by 5 transverse bulkheads
  • Boarding doors: one port and one starboard with one service entry aft on starboard
  • Deck fittings:
    Electrical:       Port
    Waste:             Aft
    Water:             Starboard bow
    Fuel:                Port bow


  • Three 12-cylinder NA 539 HP @ 2,100 RPM Detroit Diesel model 12V-71 TI marine diesel engines, fuel filters, keel cooler –
    • rebuilt port 2017, center 2014, starboard 2019
  • Engine hours: port 927/ center 3,472/ starboard 491 – March 2021
  • Twin Disc model 514 2:1 reduction gears – center and port transmissions rebuilt in 2017
  • 2 ¼” stainless steel shafts
  • Dry style exhaust silencers through stern
  • 43” x 32” 4 blade propellers
  • 7-gallon water heater


The vessel is equipped with one head on the main deck, containing the following:

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


  • 152 type II adult size personal flotation devices (stowed in deck boxes)
  • 16 type II child size personal flotation devices (stowed in deck boxes)
  • 3 Jim Buoy 30” life rings
  • One illuminated float light
  • One 10-B:C fire extinguisher
  • One 2-A fire extinguisher
  • Two 40-B-C fire extinguishers
  • Kidde CO2 system
  • Pyrotechnic distress signals
  • Two fire stations including: approved rubber lined hose with brass or bronze fittings
  • Jason’s cradle


  • Exterior coating: Paint
  • Exterior decks: Nonskid
  • Interior decks:
    Salon: carpet
  • Interior Bulkheads:
    Salon: pain
    Heads: pain