MV Golden Gate

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MV Golden Gate on SF Bay
Name: MV Golden Gate
Owner: Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District
Operator: Golden Gate Ferry
Port of registry: Larkspur, California,  United States
Completed: 1999
Acquired: 2009
Notes: Previously MV Chinook
General characteristics
Type: Catamaran, passenger-only ferry
Length: 143 ft 3 in (43.7 m)
Beam: 39 ft 4 in (12.0 m)
Draft: 5 ft (1.5 m).
Installed power: Total 7,200 hp from 4 diesel engines
Propulsion: Waterjet
Speed: 38 kn (70 km/h; 44 mph)
Capacity: 350 passengers[2]

MV Golden Gate (previously MV Chinook) is a passenger-only fast ferry operated by Golden Gate Ferries.

The vessel is the second passenger ferry to hold the name and was purchased from Washington State Ferries by the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (along with MV Snohomish) and entered service with Golden Gate Transit in May 2011 after a complete refit that began in late 2009.[3]

In 1999 the vessel was built to offer 30 minute ferry service from Bremerton to Seattle, a few years later service ended because of beach possible erosion along Puget sound's Rich Passage. As the Chinook, the ferry had previously been mothballed at the WSF Shipyard at Eagle Harbor, Bainbridge Island for four years when she was placed on eBay for auction on February 20, 2008 with an asking price of $4.5 million (USD).[4]


  1. ^ Passenger only fast fleet,
  2. ^ Vessel information - M/V Chinook, WSF, WSDOT
  3. ^ MV Napa Arrives, Golden Gate Transportation District
  4. ^ The state ferry Chinook is for sale on eBay Archived 2011-05-24 at the Wayback Machine., Seattle Times, retrieved February 15, 2008