Rhode Island Fast Ferry gets new cat Ava Pearl

BOSTON HARBOR – The 34m catamaran passenger ferry Ava Pearl, designed by Incat Crowther and built by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, has been delivered to Rhode Island Fast Ferry.

Ava Pearl has entered service, replacing the former Boston Harbor Cruises vessel Millennium (also designed by Incat Crowther) on the ferry run between Quonset Point and Martha’s Vineyard. This has freed up Millennium to increase its sightseeing cruise operation, which will now run daily, according to the press release.

The new ferry features 130 seats on the main deck, configured at tables. A large bar is situated aft, with ample luggage racks and toilet spaces. The upper deck features 81 seats in forward-facing configuration, with further seats located outdoors on the aft deck.

The vessel features both trim-tab ride control and a resilient mounted superstructure. Combined with an SBow hull form, these features were designed afford Ava Pearl’s passengers a smooth and comfortable ride.

Ava Pearl is powered by two MTU 12V4000 M53 main engines, each producing 1,850hp. In recent trials, she achieved a loaded speed of 31.5 knots and has a top speed of 33 knots.


Length, o.a.

108.6 ft.

Length, w.l.

106.6 ft.

Beam, o.a.

31.6 ft.

Draft (hull)

5 ft.

Draft (prop)

6.6 ft.


12.5 ft.





Speed (Service)

31.5 knots

Speed (Max)

33 knots

Main Engines

2 x MTU 12V4000 M53


2 x 1380kW (1850hp) @ 1800rpm


2 x Propellers


2 x Cummins/Onan 55MDDCB 55kW


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