Passenger Ferry Study

I read last week that the washington state department of transportation is looking for new passenger ferries. Typically they will want to pay $5 million for each one. And each one will need a thousand horsepower on each side to go 25 knots. And they will look like autonomous units, designed by fishboat designers.

In the spirit of my friend Larry’s ferry, A single yes, but a nice friendly looking boat. I propose a new Mosquito Fleet looking catamaran. Friendly and traditional, but built with infused composites and epoxy plywood/core/plywood sandwich cabin.
Last saturday I did a quick study model of the vessel.  65′ x 30′.  100 passengers. 27 knots with 500 hp per side.  About 1.5 miles per gallon. Cost should be under a million.


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