The Steel Electrics Dec 17, 2007 18:20:06 GMT -8
Post by EGfleet on Dec 17, 2007 18:20:06 GMT -8
Thanks for the information, I appreciate it.
So, for all effective purposes the three 54-car ferries will be replacing the Quinalut, Klickitat, and Illahee. The three 144s; are they additional capacity or replacing the Rhoddy, and/or Evergreen class?
Sorry, one more question! With three 54-car ferries the presumably can sail in open channels, will this also spell the end of the Hiyu. I have always found it odd WSF held on to her, but here we have been in the last year or so with requirements to see her in service! Good thing I don't run WSF <G>
I still find it hard to believe that these fools would actually use this 54-car design to replace the Steel Electrics on the Port Townsend/Keystone route. One can easily see that they need strong tough weather boats. Also the 54-car limit would be too small for this route unless they plan to use all three vessels on the route on busy summer week-ends.
I am never quite certain what a 54-car design would be? Is that 54 standard passenger cars or would in include space for 2 or 3 large truck trailers in the total?
One might work in the Islands during the slack winter season, but the WSF Plan has an Evergreen State class vessel assigned to this route. From what I could observe this last summer, MV Evergreen State was filled to about 85% capacity on a mid-week trip from Friday Harbor to Orcas. Included in her load were several large and likely heavy pieces of farm equipment.
I would hope that the 144s will be used to promote good will, increase current fleet capacity, and allow for (according to WSF Plan) adding the 3rd vessel to several mid-sound routes during the busy summer months.
Okay...you are aware that the current capacity of the Steel Electrics is 59, correct?
The Klick could hold 64, and that was only because she had no elevator.