The Carlisle II, which has been out since spring when rotted beams were discovered during annual maintenance, is repaired and back in the water in Port Townsend. It’ll undergo a Coast Guard inspection Thursday or Friday and Kitsap Transit hopes to return it to service between Port Orchard and Bremerton late next week, said Steffani Lillie, planning and capital programs director.
The low-wake Rich Passage 1, which was damaged when a warming blanket that covered its foil caught fire in Port Townsend, has been repaired and passed its Coast Guard inspection. It’ll be brought down from Bellingham this week and moored at the new A Float in Bremerton. It could be leased to King County to help with the West Seattle and Vashon routes. It’s too much of a boat to operate across Sinclair Inlet, and Kitsap Transit has no use for it until/unless it can start operating cross-Sound service.