New ferry coming this summer, reduced capacity for FH

From the San Juan Islander:

“Ferries: Good news and bad news

“The San Juans/Anacortes ferry route will have the Samish, Washington State ferries newest boat, beginning on the summer schedule. The boat could begin service earlier depending on when it finishes up its sea trials.

“Tentatively scheduled for May 20 is an opportunity for the public to tour the Samish while it is tied up at the Anacortes terminal. More information will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

“Now the bad news. The Sealth, which carries 50 fewer passengers than a Super Class ferry, is now in service on the Friday Harbor to Anacortes route and will remain so until June 13. This means 200 less spaces from Anacortes to Friday Harbor each day (6:20, 9:30 a.m. and 2:40, 6 p.m. sailings) during the spring schedule which includes six weeks of the peak season May 1-June 13.

“Capacity is also reduced 200 spaces on sailings from Friday Harbor to Anacortes (8:05, 11:05 a.m. and 4:15, 7:45 p.m.)”

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