Wednesday, April 2, 2008

The Island Home Ferry


A few people asked me via e-mail on what the Island Home ferry looks like and after some quick searching, I found a picture of the M/V Island Home during Sea Trials.

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!

Update:

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."

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April 2, 2008 6:32 PM

6 comments:

nickb said...

Sorry, for those of us who don't follow WSF really closely why is the Island Home Ferry relevant to Seattle/WSF?

Ben Schiendelman said...

I think that vessel is to be on the Martha's Vineyard run? Yeah, not exactly local transit.

serial catowner said...

Color me confused too. The $32 million for the Island Home is $7 million over the current bid for a 55-car boat that WSF thinks is way too high.

Brian Bundridge said...

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."

http://heraldnet.com/article/20080402/NEWS01/436311064#Next.move.on.new.ferry.unclear.

Ben Schiendelman said...

Put that in the post! :)

serial catowner said...

So, let's see, the WSF would reject a $26 million bid and instead buy two $32 million boats, for a grand total of $64 million.

I'll admit, it does sound kind of like how things get done around here.