The high-speed ferry M.V. Mendocino has been in dry dock for almost a year, but it should be back in San Francisco Bay next month.
"It looks like, by mid-December, it should be back on the water," said Mary Currie, spokeswoman for the Golden Gate Bridge District, which runs the ferries.
The ferry was delivered to the district in September 2001. It joined the M.V. Del Norte in the district's high-speed ferry fleet.
The boats make the trip from Larkspur to San Francisco in a half-hour.