The Ursa Major

Ursa Major was launched in 1972 at the Malahide shipyards in Dublin, Ireland.  Her solid wooden hull was built in Norway.   With her classic “Old World” charm, solid North Sea construction, and warm European ambiance, she is the perfect “little ship” for  charter cruising.  She epitomizes the True Trawler Yacht as described by Bob Lane in Passagemaker Magazine, (February 2002, and September 2003).

Ursa Major is 65 ft. long, 20 ft. wide, displaces over 100 tons, and is powered by a heavy-duty Caterpillar Diesel engine with two diesel auxiliary generators.  She was built to the rugged “Det Norske Veritas” construction standards, certifying her to operate year round in the extreme conditions of the North Sea.  All of this guarantees Ursa Major’s guests a comfortable and safe cruise while in Alaska’s Inside Passage.

Additional Specs

Yard Time:

  • Merrill Stevens, Miami 1977-1992
  • Seaview East, Seattle, 1994-1995
  • Brower Boat Inc., Seattle, 1999-2011
  • Fisherman’s Terminal, Seattle, 2011-Present


Pacific Fishermen Shipyard, Seattle, 1999-2015
Fishing Vessel Owners Marine Ways, Seattle, 2016-Present


  • Main Engine: Caterpillar Diesel D-353-TA In line 6 375 hp; 9 knots at 800 rpm
  • Generators: Two Northern Lights 16 kW and 6 kW
  • Power: 220/110 AC, 24, 12 DC; Inverter: Heart 2000
  • Propeller: Four blade brass 55” x 46” on 4 inch stainless steal tailshaft
  • Interior Environment: Marine Air Systems Heat and Air conditioning with individual stateroom electrical.
  • Rudder: 1/2 inch steel plate, 6 foot height
  • Primary & Backup Autopilot: Simrad
  • Water Heater(s): 10 and 30 gallon in series for continuous hot water output
  • Watermaker: HRO, 25 gallons per hour

Accommodations (Optimal 6, maximum 12)

  • Large salon and separate galley/dinette.
  • Master stateroom: queen sized innerspring mattress with private head and shower, wardrobe, desk, and overhead skylight.
  • Port forward stateroom: double berth below and single upper berth, overhead skylight and wardrobe.
  • Starboard forward stateroom: double berth below and single berth above, plus settee and/or child’s bunk, wardrobe, and overhead skylight.
  • Main hallway head: Full stand up shower with custom wood porthole.
  • Forecastle crews’ quarters: Two bunks, settee, and private head and shower.
  • Navigation station and captain’s birth in pilothouse.


  • Length: 65 ft
  • Beam: 20 ft
  • Draft: 9 ft
  • Displacement: 109 tons
  • Diesel: 2,500 gallons
  • Water: 475 gallons


  • Radar (2): Furuno Model 1835-36 nm, and Nobeltec radar and navigation system.
  • Toshiba flat screen computer with electronic charting and CD recorder; redundant GPS systems linked to Toshiba laptop with electronic charting.
  • Garmin depthfinder and Interphase forward and side-scanning sonar.
  • VHF Radios: multiple
  • Skymate satellite text email
  • Photo quality Inkjet printer

Recreation/Safety Gear

  • 12 foot aluminum skiff with 10 hp outboard
  • Seven single ruddered Dagger, Necky, and Perception Sea Kayaks
  • One double Perception fiberglass full rudder kayak
  • Extensive fishing gear
  • Switlik  (10 person offshore SOLAS A) liferaft, and nine survival suits with strobes.
  • EPIRB ACR Global Fix 406 Cat 1 and personal EPIRB
  • Fioretino 24 foot Sea anchor
  • Skymate weather link


  • Frames: 5.5 x 6.5 laminated pine on 24 inch centers
  • Deck Beams: 6 x 6.5 inch laminated oak on 18 inch centers
  • Stringers 3.25 x 4.5 doublers
  • Planking: 2.5 x 6.5 inch pitch pine
  • Decks: 13/ 4 x 4.5 inch Iroko overlaid with teak decking
  • Fasteners: 1.25 inch locus trunnels (treenails) (dowels)
  • House & Cabin: fabricated high grade aluminum
  • Masts: 6 x 8 inch; booms: 6 inch spruce
  • Interior Woodwork: mahogany
  • Ballast: 8 inch diameter iron ingot between frames secured with 40 tons of  concrete


  • Refrigerator, freezer, and ice maker.   Additional large in-wall refrigerator/freezer in galley, and extensive dry storage area for long term storage.
  • Propane stove and oven.
  • Breville convection oven.
  • Barbeque.


  • TV/DVD player.
  • Book library.
  • Stereo speakers to sun deck.