Mavrik Marine floats second ferry for San Francisco system


November 8, 2023

Boat rolling onto barge with people watching closely.

Nancy Crowell

ALMOST THERE -The ferry Delphinus rolls slowly onto the barge that will transport it to Anacortes. It returned to La Conner today to undergo its final testing before delivery.

After a weeklong wait for the right tide and weather conditions, the aluminum ferry M.V. Delphinus left Monday night in a tricky operation conducted under rented klieg lights.

No crane in La Conner is big enough to lower the 130-foot long, 36-foot wide, 30-foot tall aluminum catamaran into the water. Dunlap Towing barged it to Dakota Industries in Anacortes, where a Syncrolift will place it in the water.

After transferring sister ferry M.V. Dorado to a barge in February 2022, Mavrik Marine staff changed some equipment and procedures. This week's transfer went smoothly. At 6:57 p.m., with...

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