The Miss Barnegat Light is 90 feet long and 32 feet wide. She was designed by Captain John Larson with an eye towards comfort and stability. She was built in 1974 by Breaux's Brothers in Loreauville, LA. She was one of the first catamarans on the east coast. She is on her 4th set of engines which are Caterpillar C32 ACERTS with a combined horsepower rating of 2800. To our knowledge she is the only party fishing boat with variable pitch propellers. The system was researched in Norway by Captain John, and he had the hull near the stern modified and the new Servo Gear transmissions installed in the winter of 1992. They are extremely efficient and smooth. There are 2 John Deere generators to provide all our electrical needs.
She has a huge cabin. The cabin has a galley, heads and cushioned bench sitting and tables. The cabin is air conditioned in the summer and heated in the fall months. The galley has snacks and beverages available on most of our trips. The cushioned benches easily convert to bunks for our offshore canyon trips. There are separate heads (restrooms for you landlubbers) for men and women. They are both INSIDE the main cabin so you never have to go outside to use them on the colder and rougher days. The men's room has a urinal, toilet and freshwater sink. The women's room has a toilet, freshwater sink and shower, primarily for use on our offshore canyon trips.
On the deck we have an enormous amount of space around the entire boat. The boat has bench seating around the outside of the cabin to relax. There are rod holders for the rod you are using. Our top deck contains 64 rod holders for any rods not in use. We have a filet table near the stern where all fish cleaning takes place. There are multiple spigots that allow access to saltwater for washing hands, clearing the decks and supplying livewells with a constant supply or saltwater. The top deck allows a wonderful elevated view while fishing, underway or watching the sunset.
The wheelhouse has a full compliment of the latest electronics. There are 3 chart plotters and two GPS units for navigation, 2 radars, 4 VHF radios for communication, a SSB Radio for long distance communication, 1 color sonar and 1 ELAC (IYKYK) both for fish finding, sea surface temperature gauge and a Automated Identification System (AIS) for navigation.
The boat gets a steady dose of TLC from the captains and crew in the off-season. Lots of little projects, some big and always some sanding and painting. Many passengers find it hard to believe she is 50 years old. We like to think that Captain John would be happy and proud with the way we have kept her up since his passing in 2009.