What’s with the big wide turn, Bremerton ferry?

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Many of you have pointed out the Bremerton ferry has been sailing slightly strangely lately. The vessels running to Seattle are slowing down more than their usual wake-restricted amounts through Rich Passage, and they’re hugging the coastline toward Illahee as they come and go from Sinclair Inlet.

So what gives?

My sources in the ferry system say that the Coast Guard has asked the ferries slow down and steer clear of the Port of Waterman dock along the shores of South Kitsap, until at least mid-October. The dock, once used as a port of call for the Mosquito Fleet of foot ferries, is being replaced, and the Coast Guard has issued a “no wake” zone around it for ferries, according to ferry spokeswoman Broch Bender.

She estimates the delay is adding between two and seven minutes or so to each sailing.

The pier has been a part of the Port of Waterman since 1923. Kitsap Sun Reporter Chris Henry wrote that it’s been “a gathering place for fishermen and crabbers,” for years, and is now a popular place to jig for squid.

Replacement for the aging dock is being funded by a state grant.

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