Converted Tug Historic 78 Foot Workboat Liveaboard / Yacht Conversion

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Underwater profile

Sleeping berths

1 x diesel 110hp, Atlas Imperial (1940)

Olympic Peninsula

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Extra Details

Designer Astoria Shipwright
Builder Astoria Shipwrights
Lying Olympic Peninsula
Fuel capacity 3,200.0 USG Total - 3 Tanks
Water capacity 1,000.0 USG Total - 1 Tanks
Holding tank capacity 40.0 USG Total - 1 Tanks
Last survey 04/07/2012


Engine 1 x diesel 110hp
Engine make and model Atlas Imperial (1940)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering Wheel
Drive Shaft
Prop(s) Four blade
Fuel consumption (approx) 8.0 USG /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 8 knots
Max speed (approx) 10 knots
Engine spares tick
Water-maker tick

The engine is fresh water cooled via a keel cooler.

The current engine, an historic piece of equipment in its own right, was installed in 1992 after an extensive re-build / remanufacture. It runs at maximum 300 rpm. The engine has an air and manual clutch for shifting, forward neutral and reverse. This Atlas Imperial was built in 1940 and initially installed in a commercial fishing vessel which was conscripted during WWII for daily mail transportation in Alaska. This engine continues to provide safe and reliable propulsion and is ready to cruise.

There are numerous spare engine parts including four new heads.

The prop is a four blade 50" by 38"
The steering is either wheel or "jog stick" compressed air.

The watermaker is a 600 gal per day system that feeds the 1,000 water tank.

She has multiple electrical systems. The 32V DC is required for the radar, autopilot and emergency lighting for the engine room. The 12V DC is required for the diesel powered generator starter and the communication radios. The 120V AC is for the normal lighting, all wall heaters but one, head flush and domestic water supply. The 220V AC single phase is for the backup air compressor, engine room exhaust fan and the anchor windless. The main generator is 20KW Isuzu with both 32V and 12V alternator powered Isuzu diesel. There is also a 5KW 120V diesel generator for quieter periods when less power is required.


Length 78'0"
LWL 75'0"
Beam 20'0"
Draft Min 10'0"
Draft Max 10'0"
Displacement 300,052.0lbs
Headroom 6'4"
Storage In water

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 6 batteries charged by: generator


Construction Wood
Underwater profile Full-Displacement
Finish Paint finish

This boat was constructed by shipwrights in Astoria, Oregon and launched in 1890. She was built as a steam vessel to carry passengers and freight between Astoria and Tillamook. She has had many conversions but has been in commercial service her entire life. Following a fire in 1922 she was re-built from the waterline up and the hull was lengthened to 78 feet. At that time the steam engine was removed and a three cylinder 110 hp engine was installed. She has been owned and operated as tug in continual service until 1982.

The last major work was completed following a stormy accident caused by a "breakaway" vessel in 2010. The forward bulkhead and down to the waterline and forward to the stem had to be replaced or repaired. That work was done by Haven Boat Works in Port Townsend.


Total # of berths 6
No. of double berths 2
No. of single berths 4
Cabin(s) 4
Sink 2
Shower 1
Heads 1 heads (Electric)
Stove tick
Oven tick
Sink tick
Cooler tick
Fridge tick
Freezer tick
Carpet tick
Drapes tick
Cabin heating tick
Manual water system tick
Pressurised water system tick
Hot water system tick
Fresh water wash tick
Raw water wash tick
Non-Smokers tick
Microwave tick
Washing Machine tick
Dryer tick

You will find this boat clean and very well appointed. It is a most comfortable liveaboard and a ready long-distance traveler.

Entering by way of the saloon deck house through the double dutch door you are in the large galley saloon. Appointed by a folding dining table with a settee, pantry, The starboard settee converts to double sleeping which provides sleeping for a total of eight.
galley counters, sink and stove. The cook stove is a diesel flat top with oven.

To starboard is a passageway to the head, shower, two forward cabins, the stairway to the pilot house and the stairway to the lower deck. The lower deck includes the spacious well-lighted engine room with access to the forward double double stateroom . The pilot house includes a large chart table with storage below, the helm and doors both port and starboard for access to the upper boat deck. The upper deck includes a crane for lifting the shore boat and controls for docking and a forward stairs to the lower deck.

4 burner diesel Stove

Nav Equipment

Compass tick
Speed tick
Log tick
Radar tick
VHF tick
VHF DSC radio tick
GPS tick
Chart plotter tick
Clock tick
Barometer tick
Navigation lights tick
AIS Receiver tick
Depth sounder tick

Air control for rudder and shifting from the pilot house or the upper boat deck. Compressed air is also used for engine start.
Currently the radar is not functioning but seller will either repair or replace.

Deck Gear

Electric windlass
3 anchors
(500 lb. Navy)
404'10" of chain
Boston Whaler dinghy (unknown year)
(Hard Dinghy)
There are three anchors. One 500 lb. navy on a 5/8" 400 ft. all chair rode, a spare forward on the scuttle hatch and one on the aft of the wall of the main cabin.

Safety Equipment

Carbon Monoxide detector tick
Life jackets tick
Life buoys tick
Searchlight tick
Horn tick

2 bilge pumps (1 manual / 1 electric)

Broker's Comments

This Tug Boat represents a significant piece of history in the development of the marine industry of the Pacific Northwest. She was initially built for commerce carrying passengers and freight between Astoria and Tillamook, Oregon. After roads were completed and water transport was no longer the only option this boat began providing transit of passengers and freight between Seattle and the Alaska gold fields. . Then followed a long career of general tug services from 1902 through 1982 until she was converted to a wonderful and unique live-aboard. This boat has recently completed trips to Alaska and a circumnavigation of Vancouver Island. There currently is 3,000 gal. of fuel on board and she is ready for another trip. She has been hauled and serviced every three years and show every sign of loving and continuous care. Of special note is that this boat still carries her status as a commercial vessel.

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Converted Tug Historic 78 Foot Workboat Liveaboard / Yacht Conversion has been personally photographed and viewed by David Carleson CPYB of Boatshed Seattle. Click here for contact details.
The particulars herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but are not guaranteed as accurate. They shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel. The prospective purchaser is recommended to independently check the particulars. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. Personal property is excluded from the sale of the vessel unless specifically included in the listing specifications above or in a Purchase Contract. Personal property may be equipment or gear not permanently attached to the vessel including but not limited to: artwork, entertainment equipment, fishing equipment, TV receivers, recreational equipment, kayaks, tools, and personal appliances. Photos that may incidentally depict owners' personal property do not convey that such items are included in the sale of the vessel unless specifically listed herein.

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