After reading the article, it sounds like they basically encountered everything that the Port Townsend - Keystone ferry would encounter during bad weather.
She is a pretty boat and would be a great addition to the WSF fleet!
Sorry I wasn't totally clear in the first post.. this should clear it up on why I put something on the Martha Vineyard boat on a Seattle blog =)
The Island Home ferry design is what would replace the Steilacoom II ferry which is on the Port Townsend to Keystone ferry route.
WSF would be replacing the Steilacoom II boat with two Island Home class boats that would hold 76 cars and a little over 1,200 passengers.
The reason for the Island Home design is because the boat can withstand the rough seas of that is common to that route.
Here is a quote from the Everett Herald
"They are weighing whether to reject the bid and instead pursue building two to three larger ferries of the Island Home design, which carry about 75 vehicles."