If you could change any WSF/BCF/AMH ferry to any route and why?
You have to change her to a different system.
I would think that your proposition leaves the entire BCFS fleet out of the running to be 're-purposed' to either WSF or AMH as none of our fleet was built in America. At this point in time, I think the U.S Federal and State governments have enough on their plates to get into re-jigging the Jones Act to accommodate hustling any of the BCFS fleet into their state systems in either Washington or Alaska. That said, IF such a crazy idea did get legs at any point, I'd offer up the Northern Adventure, alias the 'vomit comet' for re-deployment but in doing so, I realize that should that ever come to pass, our relationship with the jurisdiction that took her on would take a severe hit, that probably wouldn't be in our best interests.
I would say, tangential to what this thread was going for, I would like to see BCFS designs to draw from other classes of ships out there. WSF has a utilitarian, but easily modifiable design in the Olympic Class that I think would have been well suited to replacing the B-Class here. I’m also a fan of the Osprey 2000 on Kootenay Lake, having ample lounge space and food services with an aesthetically pleasing design, that could be applied to routes currently with demand for a 70-80 AEQ vessel (rather than attempting to operate two small Island-class ferries). All of this is hindsight now, but I’m sure BCF will have the opportunity again in the not-too-distant future to think about future ship designs.
Any of the Olympic class would be beneficial on the Earl's Cove - Saltery Bay run, especially in summer.
Seems like a Salish Class vessel would be a better fit than an Olympic, mainly because of the smaller passenger cabin. The Olympic boats were designed with a passenger capacity suited for the commuter crossings of Puget Sound. I don't think Route 7 sees those kinds of passenger numbers. They need the auto capacity more than the seating capacity.