If you can find a better built boat… Buy it
Bill Munson designed and built his first 40’ welded aluminum landing craft in 1984 for the US Army Corps of Engineers. That boat is still in operation today. It has successfully transported backhoes, tractors and heavy equipment for decades. Its Caterpillar engines have been rebuilt twice. Simply put, a Munson will outlast any boat built today.
The finest craftsmanship, the heaviest construction, and the best reputation. Bill Munson did more than just invent the modified V-hull and catamaran landing craft, he set a standard of engineering and manufacturing excellence that continues to this day. Today’s Munson Boats are a product of over 2,500,000 man hours of striving to design & build the world’s finest welded aluminum boats. That’s why our customers will tell you that no other boat is built like a Munson.
Our clients say it best…
“This year I had the Landing Craft out in 10 foot waves and some 14 foot. Not swells like the ocean but steep 10 foot waves. I was amazed at how well it preformed. “
Model: 40-11 OSR
El Segundo, CA: The Chevron El Segundo Refinery is the largest refinery on the West Coast. Its Offshore Marine Terminal is located 1.5 miles from land and is connected via underwater pipelines. The M/V J. Skara is a dedicated oil spill response vessel responsible for protecting beaches and wildlife. A Lamor LPP6 HA/75C diesel power pack provides power for running oil skimmers and equipment. Two 4’ x 6’ under deck holds are installed on the foredeck for storage of equipment. The elevated cabin is outfitted with seating for 4 passengers. Additional outfitting includes a MaxiLift 110 telescoping boom crane and port & starboard side dive doors.
Model: 40-10 OSR
Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia: Saudi Aramco's Ras Tanura Terminal is one of the world's largest crude oil terminals with a complex of four man-made Sea Islands interconnected by walkways. Their 40' landing craft is used as an offshore pipeline and elevated trestle workboat. Outfitting includes a 1.5-ton capacity hydraulic A-frame and two 2-ton capacity boom cranes. The elevated control station provides visibility over large cargo loads.
Model: 40-9 Utility
Bridgeport, CT: The city of Bridgeport operates two Munson Boats to service the Long Beach spit in Bridgeport harbor. The Gustave Whitehead was designed to transport a 14,000 pound utility tractor and trailer. The Gustave Whitehead was delivered with a COI for use is semi protected waters and 18 passengers. Special outfitting includes a Fireboy automatic fire suppression system complete with main engine shutdown and 30 Amp Shore power.
Model: 40-8 Utility
Gabon, West Africa: Oil Integrated Services Group provides river and maritime transport of material and personnel for the Gabon oilfields. This 40' is the flagship of their fleet of four Munson boats. An air conditioned passenger pod with head compartment and seating for 26 people can be fixed to the deck for crew transport. The elevated T-top provides unobstructed visibility while the pod is in use and is removable for shipping.
Model: 40-7 Research
Arlington, VA: Leidos maritime tests and develops their advanced maritime data collection systems using a Munson Research model. The expansive wheelhouse offers an enclosed head compartment and workstations for four technicians. AC power for the 60,000 BTU air conditioning systems is provided by a Cummins Onan 19 kW genset. A hydraulic sonar derrick and a sealed bow deck moon hole allow experimental sonar systems to be tested. The wave breaker encapsulates the sonar head while stowed.
Model: 40-2 Utility
Luanda, Angola: Ilha de Luanda is a spit separated from the city of Luanda by Luanda Bay. While it is possible to drive to homes on the spit, some residents choose to avoid the severe traffic of Luanda. M/V Emirais transports its owners and their vehicles back and forth between their home on the spit and the mainland. Special features include a bow-mounted dual anchor system, underwater transom lighting and heavy duty bow door ramps.
Model: 40-1 Utility
Smartsville, CA: Englebright Lake is nestled in the scenic Sierra foothills. It was constructed for the storage of hydraulic gold mining debris during the California gold rush. The US Army Corps of Engineers oversee the upkeep of the lake's campsites, and other attractions. Typically, the vessel transports an 18,000lb sewage pump-out trailer. A Darley 360 GPM fire pump and monitor were installed to assist fire crews.
Our clients say it best…
“We have used a 40 foot Packman Landing Craft here at Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore for four seasons now. The hull has been great. A super package. I worked for 20 years in the Pacific on small boats in the Navy and Lake Michigan is very different. The waves are steeper and much closer together. You can easily have two waves hitting you at once in a 30 foot boat. This year I had the Landing Craft out in 10 foot waves and some 14 foot. Not swells like the ocean but steep 10 foot waves. I was amazed at how well it preformed. The power she had kept us out of trouble. I would not recommend anyone try doing it but the boat did great. Everyone who rode the boat that day is a big fan of her now.
We ran the craft from May until last week when we put her up for the winter. The boat performed better than hoped for. It is great. Normally we haul 8′ x 12′ dump trailers and put them as far aft as possible. We have had a few trailers at 8000 lbs. She had no trouble getting up on step at about 2500 rpms. I normally run at 3000 rpms at 32 mph. The Volvo D6’s and the outdrives have worked great. The only thing we did all year was tighten some loose fittings on both engines. We love them. You and your boat made our operation better. Thank you.”
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore