Old 12-10-18, 01:51 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?
Bike ferry
There's a 7 mile long railroad causeway across Lake Champlain, converted to a cool bike path. One bridge had been removed, so there's a bike ferry in the middle. The path is a popular route near Burlington VT.

It's a large, covered pontoon boat. The ferry is operated by a bike advocacy group! The ride is only 200 feet long, from dock to dock. $8 round trip, $5 one way.
Their site says the fares only cover half the approx $150,000 yearly cost. That's for just 100 days in the summer and fall.

Here it is on the Strava Heat Map of cyclist ride recordings. You can see the various paths the ferry boat takes across the gap.

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