Golden Gate Ferry's Routes & Fleet

Updated May 9, 2011

Ferry Routes (one-way):

  • Larkspur to San Francisco, 11.25 nautical miles or 13.01 statute miles.
  • Sausalito to San Francisco 5.5 nautical miles or 6.33 statute miles.

 

Fleet Vessel Particulars

 

 

Original

M.V. Golden Gate

Spaulding Class Vessels
M.V.
Del Norte

M.V. Mendocino
M.V.
Napa
M.V.
Golden Gate
No. of Vessels
1
retired March 26, 2004
3
1
1
1
1
Designed by
Not Known
Philip F. Spaulding and Associates, Seattle, WA
Advanced Multi-Hull Design, Australia
Int’l Catamaran Design, Australia
Advanced Multi-Hull Design, Australia
Advanced Multi-Hull Design, Australia
Built by
1969 by San Diego Marine Construction Company as an excursion vessel, Point Loma
1974 to 1977 by Campbell Industries, San Diego, CA
1998 by Dakota Creek Industries, Anacortes, WA
2000/2001 by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, Freeland, WA
1999 by Dakota Creek Industries, Anacortes, WA and purchased from Washington State Ferry in January 2009 as the M.V. Snohomish
1998 by Dakota Creek Industries, Anacortes, WA and purchased from Washington State Ferry in January 2009 as the M.V. Chinook
Delivered
May 1970
G.T. Marin: November 1976
G.T. Sonoma:
December 1976
G.T. San Francisco:
September 1977
July 25, 1998
Original delivery on June 22, 2001 and redelivered December, 2003 after extensive warranty rebuilding of hull
May 11, 2009 and renamed June 10, 2009
Vessel underwent rehabilitation from April 2010 to March 2011 in Washington State and was delivered to Larkspur Ferry Terminal on March 28, 2011
In Service Date
August 15, 1970

G.T. Marin: December 11, 1976

G.T. Sonoma:
March 7, 1977

G.T. San Francisco:
September 12, 1977

September 8, 1998
September 10, 2001 was original in service date, placed into service after warranty work on December
May 28, 2009
May 2011
Cost
$750,000
$3.2 million each
$7.8 million
$10 million
$2 million, plus projected rehab cost of $9.4 million
$2 million, plus projected rehab cost of $9.4 million
No. of Decks
2
3
2
3
2
2
Passenger Capacity
575
M.S. Marin: 750
M.S. Sonoma and M.S. San Francisco: 630
400
450
450
450
Wheelchair Access
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Engines
2 Diesel Engines, 1970-1990 Caterpillar D348, 1990-Caterpillar 3412
1976-1985: triple Lycoming TF35 gas turbines

 

1985-2002: 2 Detroit Diesel 16V149

2002 to present:
2 Detroit Diesel/MTU 12V4000 M60

4 Diesel engines

 

1998-2010: Detroit Diesel 16V149.

2010: MTU 12V4000 M60

4 diesel engines

 

2001-2008: Cummins KTA50-M2,

2008 to present: MTU 12V4000 M60

4 diesel engines
4 diesel engines
Propulsion
Fixed Pitch Propeller
1976-1985: Jacuzzi waterjets

 

1985 to present: fixed pitch propellers

4 waterjets
4 waterjets
4 waterjets
4 waterjets
Service Speed, Knots
15
20.5
36
36
36
36
Length, Overall
115’-7"
169'-1"
135'-4"
141'-1"
143’-3”
143’-3”
Beam, extreme
30’-6”
34'-3"
39'-4"
34'-0’
39'-4"
39'-4"
Mean Draft, Loaded
6’-6”
6'-0”
5'-0”
4'-9"
5'-0”
5'-0”
Displacement
Loaded (Long Tons)
218
265
200
212
225
225
Gross Tonnage
98
99
99
87
99
99
Fuel Capacity,
US Gallons
4,600
10,375
3,532
3,500
6,528
6,528
Fresh Water
Capacity,
US Gallons
750
1,500
1000
450
600
600
Hull
steel
aluminum
aluminum
aluminum
aluminum
aluminum
Fuel
#2 diesel
#2 diesel
#2 diesel
#2 diesel
#2 diesel
#2 diesel
Bicycle Capacity
yes
M.S. Marin can carry up to 100; M.S. Sonoma and M.S. San Francisco can carry up to 25
15
15
15
15
Onboard snacks, drinks, and restrooms
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes

 

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