We invest a lot of sweat and time and money in keeping our vessel as beautiful as the day she was first launched. But as anyone who set foot aboard Monhegan can attest, she's worth it! We want to maintain M/V Monhegan in as close to perfect condition as we can while also ensuring the highest degree of functionality, safety, and comfort. This means we utilize a marriage of old and new equipment, materials, and techniques. We are not afraid of modern contrivances like GPS, composting toilets, and solar panels. Nor do we shy away from modern coatings and epoxies. However, we also use old-fashioned cotton to keep the seams between the planks tight, and we refuse to wash the boat with anything other than seawater. We want to make sure that no matter what we do, we maintain Monhegan's utilitarian simplicity, ruggedness, and mystique. We call it functional preservation.