(HAT ISLAND, Wash.) — The 45-by-18.4-foot Hat Island Ferry recently entered service for the community of Hat Island, Wash. The passenger vessel carries a U.S. Coast Guard certificate of inspection for 49 passengers plus crew and is utilized to transport people and goods as part of a weekly ferry schedule to and from the Port of Everett. Brix Marine (formerly Armstrong Marine USA) of Port Angeles, Wash., was selected to design and build the vessel.
Hat Island Ferry is built on the second generation of Brix’s highly efficient semi-displacement passenger hull, the 4519-DCT. The vessel is powered by twin Cummins QSL9 405-hp engines and shaft and wheel propulsion, delivering a cruise speed of 14 to 17 knots with 0.8 mpg fuel economy. The design includes bow thrusters in each hull, which ensure that this stable platform is also highly maneuverable. Two passenger gates at the bow, plus a side door aft, expedite the boarding process. Additional exterior customizations include 12 deck tie-down points and an aluminum davit (500-pound SWL) for cargo transport.
The 4519-DCT’s full-width main cabin with forward-leaning raised pilothouse allows for flexible interior layout options. The cabin is designed to accommodate 43 passengers and includes multiple lockers as well as overhead storage bins for luggage and cargo. The cushioned bench seats include more storage underneath.
The aft deck has additional seating for four passengers as well as two 1,500-watt infrared electric heaters to ensure passenger comfort. The aft cabin includes a counter for ticket sales and concession stand, complete with additional storage shelving, microwave and refrigerator. The head is accessed from the aft deck.
“She’s the most stable, seaworthy and safe boat I’ve had the pleasure to work on,” said Capt. Shane Dunn of Hat Island.
Hat Island is a small, private island community in Snohomish County. The island is nestled in Possession Sound between Everett, Whidbey and Camano islands and operates a weekly ferry schedule to and from the Port of Everett. Its residents’ requirements are reflected in the ferry design, which received widespread community approval.
– Brix Marine