Old 12-08-18, 06:28 PM
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
Hmmm.... Thinking more about ferries. There are some places that would be quite natural for a ferry. How are the waves?

For example in Tillamook, a short ferry ride across the west side of the bay, and one could stay off of the main highway from the bay down to Pacific City, about 30+ miles.

Could one get enough bicyclists, pedestrians, fishermen, etc to support a micro ferry during the summer? Say a 30 foot boat just shuttling a few people at a time back and forth? Keep the costs low, $2 per person, $6 per family? Fill the boat with a half dozen people for a 10 minute ride.

North Bend / Coos Bay / Bandon might have a similar configuration that would benefit from short ferry hop.

It looks like one could do something similar in Washington, say in North Bay and Willapa bay, although wider there, without feeding as much secondary road.

Maybe see if the Coast Guard or the Navy had a suitable boat to donate. Or, a fishing boat buy-back program?

Docks could be pretty simple.

Augment it with shore based solar and wind power? Water current power? SAIL?
I was thinking it could sort of be catch as catch can sort of things. Get volunteers to do it. If they are there, you get the shuttle. Otherwise you take the bridge. Marinas have maintenance boats that could be used as ferries. . They might be interested in lending a hand. Not sure how that would shake out for a liability.
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