“Fire Island Belle” – 62′ Wheeler Passenger Ferry Conversion – 1948 – $55,000
“Fire Island Belle” is a wooden passenger ferry conversion. She’s had her passenger accommodations removed, and the current owner built an office, a sleeping cabin, a galley, bathroom, and laundry room on the lower deck. A wood working shop has been installed on the main deck, and an enclosed circular staircase connects the main and lower decks. A fine vessel, to be sure, with many recent restorative measures completed in a workmanlike manner. A 2007 survey is available. The owner is willing to do financing on this vessel to a qualified purchaser as well as offer free delivery within the New England area. The boat is sound and ready to go anywhere and the owner is keen to sell her immediately. Wonderful opportunity for a skilled carpenter to live in and work out of.
62′ Wheeler Passenger Ferry Conversion
- Boat Name: Fire Island Belle
- Year: 1948
- Current Price: US$ 55,000
- Located in Stonington, CT
- Hull Material: Wood
- Engine/Fuel Type: Twin diesel
- YW# 4104-1912874
- Central/Exclusive Listing
- Available for co-brokerage
Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:
Fire Island Belle
Builder: Wheeler Shipyard
LOA: 62 ft 5 in
Engine Brand: Detroit Diesel
Engine Model: 12V71
Beam: 16? 7?
Max Draft: 4′ 9″
Displacement: 59 GRT: 47 NRT
Total Power: HP 359 Continuous: 456 Intermittent
The vessel was built by Wheeler Shipyards in 1948 using fir planking and white oak frames. Prior to her current ownership, “Fire Island Belle” was in service as a passenger ferry between Long Island, NY and Fire island, NY. Prior to her purchase in 2001 the vessel had been refastened and the engines had undergone major overhauls.
The main deck and the deck house have been replaced. The deck house is built of
plywood and coated with fiberglass. Heating and air conditioning has been installed. Anderson sliding glass doors have been installed on both port and starboard sides as well as at the exit to the aft deck. Additional work has included insulation of the hull with rigid foam and installation of
interior siding, replacement of all electrical wiring with new boat cable, replacement of plumbing lines and cleaning and painting of all bilge areas. Port holes have been installed on the lower deck, replacing the windows that have been re-installed in the deck house.
The main deck is open from the wheel house to the stern and set up for wood working with a full complement of power and other tools. The lower deck is attractively furnished, freshly painted and carpeted. The galley is equipped with a ceramic stove top, a microwave oven and a dish washer. A Kohler 13.5 kW diesel generator was installed in the engine compartment in 2002 (450 hours.) A Delta air compressor has been installed as well.