Mavrik Marine’s MV Dorado has left the building


February 23, 2022

HEADING OUT TO SEA – It is complicated. Thursday, Feb. 17, the 100 foot ferry built at Mavrik Marine for California’s Water Emergency Transportation Authority went into the Swinomish Channel on a barge for a trip to Dakota Creek Industries in Anacortes, where it was launched. The MV Dorado came back to La Conner under its own power. Following testing to ensure all systems are a go, it will sail on its own down to San Francisco in March. – Photo by Ken Stern

The 320-passenger jet ferry MV Dorado rolled out of Mavrik Marine last week for a brief excursion to Anacortes.

The La Conner boat builder is contracted by California’s Water Emergency Transportation Authority to build four, and possibly five, aluminum ferries for its 15-vessel San Francisco Bay fleet. The MV Dorado is the first.

On Wednesday evening, Feb. 16, the 130-foot long, 36-foot wide and 30-foot tall vessel was lifted onto a custom-fabricated, 18-wheel, remote-controlled hydraulic dolly that fit between the catamaran’s two hulls.

Thursday morning about 11 a.m. Mavrik employee...

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