Bowen Island Express & English Bay Launch Feb 5, 2012 19:54:16 GMT -8
Post by perseverance on Feb 5, 2012 19:54:16 GMT -8
Thanks guys. Although EBL is currently closed for the season I am still very involved in boats and marine transportation. My other company Old School Marine is still operating successfully and consists of crew boats that service the logging and commercial tugboat industry. It also does marine assistance and salvage. Before that I owned and operated a boatyard in Richmond before selling it last year. The boatyard and marine repair experience has been invaluable in keeping a hard working water taxi fleet running. Repairs and maintainance are the single most expensive aspect of running a business like this next to fuel and don't let anyone tell you different. English Bay Launch and Old School Marine both involve moving small groups of people by boat but are very different types of businesses, mainly because most crew boats are hired hourly and EBL sold by the seat. The boat kept its schedule whether full or not. We have learned alot through EBL and selling by the seat and are currently working towards getting EBL subsidized as pointed out in the posts above. I really enjoy this business and offering routes that aren't offered by larger ferries. I have received alot of help towards once again making passenger only ferries successful again and am very grateful. I feel it just shows how many mariners have the passion to see this transportation option work. There certainly is alot of hurdles to jump over!! Some of you ferry fans might recognize our boat Perseverance. She was formerly the Bruno Gerussi that was made to do the Gibsons to Downtown route in 2002 but her service was discontinued after only one month of service. I was not involved with any of that venture. I bought the boat from the creditor a year ago. I feel her new name suits her.