State Boat Builder Bidders Hard to Come By

It’s admirable that we want to keep as much work in-state as we can, especially they way the economy is today. But the requirement that state ferries be built by in-state shipyards isn’t working.

Each of the past two times the state put a ferry out for bid, only Todd Shipyards made one. And each time they were way, way over what the state figured they’d be.

Rep. Larry Seaquist, D-Gig Harbor, just left me a message, saying he’s opposed to building the ferries out of state. “We’ve got plenty of shipbuilding capacity and a lot of very fine workers in Washington state who are ready to build those boats.”

If that’s the case, and I believe him, it’d be nice if they’d step up.