Captain Jack II

58ft x 16.67ft x 5.25ft Steel Passenger Ferry, 100 Passengers

New Vessel for Pirate Water Taxi in Tampa


Captain Jack II, a 55’ water taxi, was recently delivered to Capt. Troy Manthey, Pirate Water Taxi, Tampa, FL. The vessel has a beam of 16’ and a draft of 3’-6”. The vessel was designed by DeJong & Lebet, Inc., Naval Architects, Jacksonville, FL and was built by Newcastle Shipyards, Palatka, FL.  The vessel is USCG certificated under Subchapter T and has a capacity of 105 passengers plus 2 crew on partially protected waters.


The vessel was designed for minimum air draft to be able to get under bridges on the Hillsborough River and measures less than 100 gross tons. The vessel features include a main deck enclosed seating area with AC (6 tons) and heat, ADA head, and forward open deck area with a bar. The pilothouse and boarding area are located forward on the main deck.

The vessel is constructed of welded aluminum.

The vessel is powered by a pair of Volvo diesel engines developing 175 HP each. The engines are coupled to ZF gear boxes driving 30” Ahoy stainless steel propellers. Engines and gears are electronically controlled using Volvo controls. Engines and gensets are keel-cooled.


Electrical power is provided by (2) Northern Lights 20 kW gensets. The main switchboard was furnished by Power Panels, Inc.


Captain Jack II carries 500 gallons of fuel, 300 gallons of water, and 300 gallons of waste water.

For more information on DeJong & Lebet, Inc., please visit our website, www. Dejongandlebet.com


Major Suppliers:

Main Engines: Volvo, Florida Detroit Diesel

Generators: Northern Lights

Marine Gears: ZF Marine

Steering: Kobelt

Switchboard: Power Panels, Inc.

HVAC: Daikin Mini-split, 6 tons

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