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Utility is defined as “the state of being useful”. This makes the category of “useful boats” our largest and most diverse category. After all, what boat is more useful than a Munson?
We recognize that it’s impossible for a particular utility boat to be the best for all applications. For this reason, every Munson Utility Boat is built to order. We offer a huge list of optional features and equipment, along with our extensive expertise to help ensure that your Munson Utility Boat is absolutely the best workboat for your demanding tasks.
Our clients say it best…
“The design of the vessel from the hull and wheelhouse to the subtle and beautiful lines throughout is absolutely superb and the construction is second to none.”
Model: 23-5 Utility
Don Pedro Lake, CA: The Turlock and Modesto irrigation districts completed construction of the original Don Pedro Dam in 1923. More than 14 million people have visited Don Pedro Lake since 1971. With 160 miles of shoreline and nearly 13,000 acre-feet of surface area (at maximum lake level), visitors can enjoy boating, fishing, water sports, swimming and camping. The Don Pedro Recreation Agency operates this 23' Packman as a general purpose maintenance workboat.
Model: 24-10 Utility
Vancouver, BC: Crosby Marine provides a wide range of marine services for film, television, commercial and video projects. M/V Mini Me was custom built for the film industry and is used as a multifunctional support vessel such as crew shuttle, fog, safety, or camera boat. The landing craft bow door and two side doors make this vessel almost indispensable on set. A tilting console windshield keeps the operator cool while underway.
Model: 24-29 Utility
Orcas Island, WA: Located on the northwest tip of Orcas Island, YMCA Camp Orkila has been connecting youth and families to the outdoors with more than 280 acres of private beach, preserved forest and open fields. The M/V Whale Fish landing craft is outfitted with perimeter deck seating, hydraulic transom jack for shallow water operations, and Yakima kayak racks for transporting 2 tandem kayaks.
Model: 24-35 Utility
Sacramento, CA: The US Army Corps of Engineers operates this 24’ as a crew boat and for aids to navigation maintenance. Outfitting includes a walk-through cabin with seating for six, cabin heater, 1000 lb lifting davit with 12V windlass, wash down pump, Furuno radar, plotter, sounder, VHF radio, and triple axle trailer. A folding radar mast minimizes the height overall to 10 feet when on the trailer.
Model: 26-26 Utility
Panama City, Panama: The Panama Canal Authority Munson performs aquatic vegetation control activities within shallow rivers and emergency response support during oil spill incidents. Equipment includes a 12v bow door winch, walk-around wheelhouse, suspension pilot seat and 8 recessed cargo tie downs on forward deck.
Model: 26-40 Utility
Orcas Island, WA: Orcas Power and Light Cooperative provides electricity to 20 islands in San Juan County by way of submarine cables. Their 26’ workboat incorporates a 10’ wide beam and large offset cabin for transporting crewmen and equipment in stormy conditions. Other options include a side boarding door, two suspension seats, cabin heater, 1000 lb. lifting davit, Garmin radar/plotter/sounder, tow post and engine guard.
Model: 26-51 Utility
Anacortes, WA: Washington State DNR operates several Munson Boats including the 26’ M/V Perpetuity used to service DNR land in the San Juan Islands. Outfitting includes a full width cabin with seating for six, diesel cabin heater, tow post, engine guard, lifting davit and 12V anchor windlass. A large radar arch allows stowage of a dinghy on the cabin roof. Twin 150 HP outboards are installed on hydraulic jack plates for shallow operations.
Model: 28-56 Utility
Naples, FL: Collier County is known for its Paradise Coast of Naples, Marco Island & the Everglades. Collier County Coastal Zone Management serves to protect, preserve and enhance its pristine coastal ecosystem and facilities. Their 28’ Munson is used for for servicing aids to navigation, diving, and environmental response. Outfitting includes removable bow scaffolding, port & starboard dive doors, dive bottle rack, MaxiLift 1100 lb telescoping crane, tow post, motor guard and trailer.
Model: 28-61 Utility
Seattle, WA: The Lake Washington Ship Canal was completed in 1934 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It runs through the city of Seattle, connecting Lake Union and Lake Washington to Puget Sound via the Ballard Locks. The U. S Army Corps of Engineers still maintains this vital waterway, and their 28’ Munson is used for servicing the locks and maintaining the canal. Outfitting includes a fully enclosed wheelhouse, forced air heat, Garmin navigation package, D-rubber fendering, push knees, tow post, outboard motor guard, an Auto Crane 5500E telescoping crane, and 12v bow thruster.
Model: 30-26 Utility
Sanford, FL: Encore Construction Company operates in the St. Johns River near Sanford transporting equipment and fuel to county raw water pump stations on a canal. They also make their vessel available to the local Fire Department for search and rescue. Special features include a roof-mount solar battery charger, hydraulic transom jacks, and a control console bimini top. Tilting T-top windows provide plenty of ventilation on hot days.
Model: 30-35 Utility
Marina del Rey, CA: Los Angeles County Department of Beaches & Harbors is responsible for keeping its world-renowned coastline clean and safe, particularly during inclement weather, flooding, fires, tsunamis, earthquakes, oil spills and other emergencies. Their 30’ Packcat is outfitted with a MaxiLift 110 knuckle boom crane, Warn 2000-S deck winch, Furuno NavNet radar/plotter/sounder, VHF & 800 Mhz radios, tow light mast, amber strobe lights, LED flood lights, solar battery charger, and trailer. Customized push knees were installed for landing on rock jetties and breakwaters.
Model: 32-7 Utility
Grand Coulee, WA: The Grand Coulee Dam is a gravity dam on the Columbia River in Washington state that provides hydroelectric power irrigation. The dam supplies four power stations with a capacity of 6,809 MW. There is a floating boom on the lake side of the dam that protects the power stations from floating debris. When it breaks, dam personnel retrieve the loose ends with the dual bow davits and reconnect the ends using the hydraulic deck winch.
Model: 32-29 Utility
Sitka, AK: The City of Sitka Harbor Department operates and maintains 5 boat harbors and is responsible for emergency response and environmental cleanup operations. Their 32’ Packcat is outfitted with a 1-ton telescoping boom crane, removable hinging fish totes, port & starboard side doors, push knees, tow post, engine guard and triple axle trailer.
Model: 34-35 Utility
Houston, TX: ACCP specializes in transporting USDA and MARPOL regulated waste from cruise ships, Navy vessels and other maritime port waste needs. Their 34’ Munson is outfitted with a MaxiLift telescoping boom crane, air conditioned cabin with seating for four passengers, push knees, tow post, engine guard, lifting eyes, soft fendering system, generator, and triple axle trailer.
Model: 34-42 Utility
Haiti: World Vision has supported long-term programs focused on community development since 1959. The organization has also provided relief supplies and assisted with the recovery from major natural disasters. Their 34’ Munson is used to support their relief efforts as well as transport personnel and supplies. Outfitting includes flip up deck seating for 12 passengers, outboard motor guard, integrated anchor storage, and a canvas enclosure to protect the pilot station.
Model: 38-2 Utility
Wilmington, NC: The M/V Zulu Chief was built to transport large cargo and crews to remote worksites on the Carolina Coast. During the 2010 Gulf Coast oil spill it established itself as the "go to" vessel in the region by transporting cleanup crews and containment booms to near shore and offshore spill zones. The walk-thru wheelhouse features a galley cabinet with sink, stove and refrigerator. A convertible settee offers sleeping for two and a concealed porti potti.
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: 44-4 Utility
Santa Barbara, CA: Twenty-five miles off the coast of California lies Santa Cruz Island. This 44’ Munson provides freight service to Santa Cruz Island and is an extremely capable vessel. With a payload capacity of 14,000 lbs. and a 22’ long cargo deck, she can used to transport heavy equipment, palletized cargo and large fuel totes. The cabin includes seating for six persons, head compartment, and galley with sink, stove and microwave. Other features include bow & stern hydraulic anchor winches, side boarding door, dive ladder, push knees, rooftop sighting station, solar battery charger, SOLAS 12-man life raft and Furuno MFD12 radar/plotter/sounder with class B AIS.
Model: 44-5 Utility
Columbia River, WA: To mitigate the flooding of wildlife habitat caused by the construction of Chief Joseph Dam, the Army Corps of Engineers was mandated to reconstruct the lost habitat. Heavy machinery needs to be transported uplake and wildlife habitat maintained. The Corps selected a Munson high speed landing craft with elevated cabin, 9' bow door and 20,000 lb payload capacity. Hydraulic spuds were installed on the bow to stabilize the vessel when loading heavy equipment.
Model: 48-6 Utility
Lake Superior, WI: The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore consists of 21 islands and are considered the jewels of Lake Superior. The National Park Service uses their 48’ Munson landing craft to service these remote islands, transporting vehicles, materials and heavy equipment weighing up to 30,000 lbs. Outfitting includes 16 heavy duty tie down pockets on the main deck, bow & stern anchoring systems, Raymarine radar/plotter/sounder, and Maxilift 270.3 telescoping deck crane.
Model: 52-2 Utility
Lovango Island, USVI: The Lovango Homeowner's Association operates the M/V Jac as an island ferry between ST Thomas USVI and their island community. Hydraulic outriggers and a loading ramp are installed at the transom. This system allows for roll on/roll off loading of Association member vehicles and wheeled construction equipment. Special strengthening was incorporated into the cargo deck to accommodate a 30,000 lb. cement mixer.
Model: 65-2 Utility
Dubai, UAE: Dubai is a global city and business hub of the Middle East. It is also a major global transport hub for passengers and cargo. This 65' Munson is the second for this customer and was designed to transport heavy equipment, fuel and crew to develop Palm Jebel Ali near Dubai. Along with its 45,000-pound payload, outfitting includes quad Mercury 350 Verado outboards, 4 auxiliary tanks for up to 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel, flip up locking deck seats port and starboard for 12 people, head, and hydraulic extended bow door. Deck space to transport heavy equipment is maximized by the elevated, air-conditioned superstructure which has seating for 8 and includes a 360-degree exterior breezeway. Bow and stern thrusters are included for enhanced maneuverability
Our clients say it best…
“I am writing this letter to you, almost a year after I first received my 30 foot Munson Packcat, to tell you how totally impressed I am with your boat. It has consistently met or exceeded all the expectations of both me and my clientele while performing a variety of tasks in often challenging conditions. The design of the vessel from the hull and wheelhouse to the subtle and beautiful lines throughout is absolutely superb and the construction is second to none. It is clear that your design team are artists and your construction team are craftsmen. Even from our first inquiry it was obvious how professional and committed Munson Boats is to what you do as it was a pleasure dealing with your frontline team and the treatment I received was the same as the vessels you produce – top quality.
I’ve owned my Packcat for long enough now, and worked her hard enough, to truly be able to say – the honeymoon’s over, the rose colored glasses are off and the tests have all been done – this is simply one of the best boats I have had the pleasure to own or operate in my entire professional career. From the design table to the build yard to the water – the team at Munson Boats have mastered it all. Thank you for building such an awesome boat.”
Danny, Highlander Marine Services
Haida Gwaii, British Columbia