Straits Express

Straits Express

Accommodations & Layout

The vessel is arranged with two entry doors off the aft deck. The main deck is set with three forward facing columns of theater type seating modules. Two unisex heads are entered off the aft deck. Passengers are offered exterior seating exterior seating on the foredeck. Access between the main and 01 decks is via two stairways aft. The pilothouse is located forward on the 01 deck forward with an enclosed passenger cabin and exterior seating as well. Access between the 01 and 02 decks is via a stairway abaft of amidships. The 02 deck offers exterior seating for riders.


The STRAITS EXPRESS is in very good condition. The refit and USCG inspection will be complete late April. She has always been in cold fresh water. The ferry offers a sleek style and wonderful viewing for passengers.



General Specifications

Regulatory File – Insert Official Number 1029925 in the Vessel Number box and click “search”

Name Straits Express
Style Ferry
Builder Marinette Marine Corporation
Hull Catamaran
USCG Certified Yes
USCG Dry Dock August 2021
USCG Official Number 1029925
Route Certification Lakes, Bays and Sounds
Passenger Capacity 42
Gross Tonnage 99 (I-265)
Net Tonnage 67 (I-79)
Speed (approx.) Cruising: 35 kts @1750 RPM
Max: 46 kts @2100 RPM
Built 1995
LWL 91.6′
Beam 28.5”
Hull Depth Depth 10′
Freeboard Depth 6.5′
Draft Water: 3.5′ Air Draft: 36′
Displacement 77.45 long tons
Route Certification Lakes, Bays & Sounds (original Letter allowed for Exposed Waters)
Hull Material Aluminum
Deckhouse Material Aluminum
Tank Capacities Fuel: 2400 gallons
Waste: 100 gallons
Potable Water: 0 gallons

  • Control station with VDO engine instrumentation (i.e., tachometer, engine oil pressure, ammeters, hour meters)
  • Hydraulic joystick steering at the helm and wind stations.
  • Bird Johnson Rolls Royce dual clutch and throttle controls
  • Murphy bilge alarms
  • Fog bell
  • Large dual trumpet horn
  • Carlisle Finch remote controlled searchlight
  • Two Wagner rudder indicators
  • Five windshield wipers
  • Helm seat
  • Two ICOM IC-M402 VHF/FM marine radios with antennas
  • Datamarine Links depth sounder
  • Furuno model 1710 radar system with array antenna
  • Raytheon model R20XX radar system with array antenna
  • Uniden Solara DSC VHF/FM marine radio with antenna
  • Garmin GPSMAP 527
  • Ritchie 6″ Powerdamp compass
  • em-trak AIS model A100 Class A model 1233944 (NEW 2016)
  • Aiphone intercom system
  • Bogan model GS250 public address systems


  • Upholstered seating for 168
  • Bench seating on the foredeck for approximately 60


  • Freedman Seating Company Catalina model with powder coated frames, aluminum base frames & legs. Cover of high quality marine vinyl by Enduratex – 16 three seat modules, 7 five seat modules – 83 seats
  • 8 tables (20’ x 40”)
  • Aluminum bench seating on the aft deck


  • Aluminum bench seating for 75


  • Two ship service 21.5 kW Onan model QD 21.5MDKDDR-8112A generator powered by a dedicated Cummins model marine diesel with fuel filter, seawater strainer and seacock – (NEW 2017 & 2018)
  • Ship to shore power switch
  • 50 AMP/ 125 VAC shore power service
  • 50’ 50 AMP/ 125 VAC power cord
  • 120 VAC/12 VDC lighting
  • 120 VAC duplex outlets
  • Six 12 VDC 8D enclosed heavy duty batteries
  • Perko battery isolation switch
  • Newmar model PT80 automatic 80-amp battery charger
  • Electric heat system
  • 24 VDC manifold bilge system
  • Internationally approved navigation lights (i.e., port light, starboard light, stern light, masthead light, anchor light)


  • 1/4” bottom and 3/16” side 5086 aluminum plate hulls
  • Each hull has five watertight compartments formed by four transverse bulkheads
  • 6” split pipe rub rail
  • Boarding gates: two aft
  • Wooster stair treads
  • Eight 15” kevels
  • Deck fittings:
    Electrical:        port/starboard
    Waste:             port stern
    Water:             n/a
    Fuel:                bow


  • Two 12-cylinder turbo charged 2,100 HP Caterpillar 3412B marine diesel engines, fuel filters, seawater strainers, heat exchanger with seacocks
  • Engine hours: port: 3,077, starboard: 10 – March 2018
  • Starboard engine was completely rebuilt in 2016
  • Port engine was completely rebuilt in 2011.
  • Engine room insulation
  • ZF model BW465 – A5 – overhaul by ZF (2018) with jackshaft
  • Marine Jet Power Series J650 waterjets – 3,500 gallons per minute
  • Starboard Marine Jet Power Systems Power Hub (43164 exchange bearing unit, 650 MK1, assembly kit and bearings), Shaft replaced – starboard (NEW 2017)
  • Starboard impeller repaired (2017)
  • Oil drain system (24 VDC) for the propulsion and generator engines
  • Water system with accumulator tank and backup system


The vessel is equipped with two unisex heads. One head has been converted to a locker and can be easily retuned to as built.


  • 382 type I adult size personal flotation devices (NEW 2016)
  • 39 type I child size personal flotation devices (NEW 2016)
  • Three Viking inflatable buoyant apparatus; two 50 passenger units and one 25 passenger unit (NEW 2017)
  • Three 24” life rings one with line
  • Three self-actuated rescue lights
  • Two 100 lb CO2 bottles – mounted
  • Five B-II and One B-I 10 lb. dry chemical fire extinguisher
  • Pyrotechnic distress signals
  • One fire station on each deck and one in each engine room: two 1 1/2” UL approved rubber lined hoses with brass or bronze fittings, two brass or bronze nozzles, two brass or bronze hose bibs. The bilge pump system operates the fire system also
  • Danforth style anchor with 200′ of rode
  • Man overboard recovery ladder


  • Exterior coating: Epoxy (NEW 2017)
  • Exterior decks: Epoxy – non-skid (NEW 2017)
  • Interior decks:
    Salon (main): Carpet (NEW 2011)
    Salon (01): PlasTEAK (2016)
    Heads: non-skid
    Wheelhouse: PlasTEAK (2016)
  • Interior Bulkheads: Aluminum sheathing