Future ferry designs for Washington - your ideas Oct 5, 2013 21:42:02 GMT -8
Post by SolDuc on Oct 5, 2013 21:42:02 GMT -8
Yes, that's what needs to happen. Along with the Mukilteo rebuild that would be awesome
Samish enters service. She is sent to the San Juans, replacing Elwha, which would go to Vashon Island, replacing Sealth, which would go to the San Juans, replacing Tillikum, which would go to into Standby. Evergreen State retired. Also, a tie-up slip is built at Clinton. 3-vessel service in ensued at Clinton.
Now, let's actually be realistic:
We assume the Samish goes to San Juans, and that's where it belongs. But the Elwha at Vashon? No. The narrow lanes would just make keeping the schedule an impossible task. I'd rather see the Elwha go back to the summer international and the Chelan go down to Vashon.
3-boat service at Clinton? Not impossible but remember that when that last happened the capacities of the boats were half what they are now, which makes them way faster to load. With Issaquahs/Olympics it'd be impossible to even have a written schedule. I'd rather see a third Olympic built to serve at Clinton as well as to replace the Tillikum. A place where a third ferry would be good, and would be able to be in service without any major impacts would be Edmonds-Kingston.
Yes, but instead of using a new design why not just reuse the Jumbo design? I understand that you love the upper gallery decks but the Jumbos have more than enough passenger space for any route (except Sea-Bi, of course). Plus the Jumbos are really handsome Spaulding-designed vessels. The best in the fleet if you asked me.
Yes. In order to reach a 3500 pax capacity you'd need to lengthen the boats about 40' (two cars). That would make a LOT more passenger space while still increasing vehicle capacity by 24 cars to 226 cars. Also I wonder why you wanted to replace the two Jumbos by three ferries? Perhaps to officialy replace the Hiyu? I totally agree with that decision but I'm wondering why you made it.
And btw its Kaleetan not Kalletain. You never know what that might mean in Chinook Jargon