The Melissa Ann
The Melissa Ann is a 77-foot catamaran that has capacity for 172 passengers with a crew of three. The vessel can carry 18 bicycles. With a cruising speed of 28 knots, the Melissa Ann crosses between Vashon and downtown Seattle in about 22 minutes.
The vessel's interior features a combination of theater-style seating, bench seats with tables, and facing seats. Some outdoor seating is available on the upper deck. The Melissa Ann has an air conditioning/heating system and restrooms.
The Melissa Ann has two 1,400 horsepower propulsion engines that meet Tier 1 pollution standards. The vessel also is equipped with two radar systems, a GPS plotter, a depth sounder, and an automated information system transponder. At cruising speed, the Melissa Ann consumes a maximum of 120 gallons of fuel per hour. She is inspected annually by the U.S. Coast Guard.
The King County Ferry District is leasing the MV Melissa Ann from Four Seasons Marine Services for the Vashon Island/Downtown Seattle route.
- Length: 77 ft.
- Beam: 29 ft.
- Draft (deepest): 5 ft.
- Weight: 47 tons
- Diesel oil: 1,100 gal.
- Potable water: 250 gal.
- Holding tank (sewage): 200 gal.
- Holding tank (bilge water): 50 gal.
- Compared to the vessel that was previously used on this route (the Skagit), the propulsion system has less impact on bottom sediment and creates a smaller wake.
- The exhaust is routed through mufflers and discharged between the hulls to minimize noise.