Tuesday, May 12, 2009

All Hail the Napa

The Golden Gate Ferry has finally taken a new boat. The Napa, formerly Seattle's Snohomish, arrived in port this week from it's North Pacific journey. The great story about this is that the boats were purchased for $2 million a piece...after failing to sell on eBay. Yes, eBay.

The boats are in need of serious retrofit, as is most of GGF's fleet. each of these will cost about $10 million to retrofit, but GGF can't wait. They are pressing the Napa into service next month, allowing the much beleagured Del Norte to head in for a retrofit, coming back by the end of the year.

In the meantime, the Napa will operate with her old Seattle colors, and without much accommodation for the ever-growing bike population. I did speak to the head of the ferry service, and he seemed to think they could weld some bike hooks on the back, so stay tuned...

Of course, the Napa DID go full bow underwater, causing her ceiling to cave in...but that won't matter...right? Should be a ragged 6 months.

1 comment:

EricS said...

The comment in the linked article just cracked me up:

To me she is like Bill Clinton campaigning for Hillary. The more he talks the more he hurts her.