Riding on a Hot Rod FerryMay 7th, 2008 by ed friedrich
I’ll be traveling to a forum on passenger-only ferries Thursday
in Seattle aboard a brand-new 70-passenger boat that goes 55 mph.
It was built at All American Marine in Bellingham for the Tennessee
Aquarium. The company will be building a similar but bigger boat
for Kitsap Transit pretty soon, and could eventually an 80- to
100-seat one for a Kingston-Seattle route.
The forum sounds like it’ll have some new wrinkles, like pairing passenger-only ferries with Puget Sound cleanup, and trying to come up with a common funding source for a whole network of Puget Sound passenger ferries. Twelve different guys will be speaking, including Bremerton mayor Cary Bozeman and Mike Bookey of the Port of Kingston.
After that they’ll be taking a jaunt on the boat, complete with wine and cheese, but I have to pass it up to grab the big Bremerton boat and come back and write. Look for the story.