Featured in the Mount Desert Islander!
January 05, 2017
Meet the Schoodic Ferry - a community-driven passenger and bicycle ferry service that integrates marine science and education into its service!
During its inaugurual 2016 season, the Schoodic Ferry:
- transported 6,606 one-way passengers between Bar Harbor and Winter Harbor, Maine
- transported 1,286 one-way bicycles
- provided a first-in-a-lifetime boat ride for over 100 local 4th grade students as part of Acadia's 4th graders in the park Centennial program
- connected 9 local middle school students with marine scientists as mentors, and helped them conduct research
- began twice weekly marine mammal surveys
- reduced the average price per passenger by 35% (*compared to 2015 Bar Harbor Ferry service published fares)
All in one season!
In order to continue operating safely, and to make this new service accessible to as many passengers as possible, the Schoodic Ferry needs new dock floats! The used float/ramp extension we used in 2016 regularly washed under during sustained winds of 15+ knots from the NW, NE or SW; reducing our ability to land passengers safely in Bar Harbor (watch the video to see the dock go under water, and check out the photos to show how much stress our used ramp/float system is under!)). In addition, despite doubling the small float's original flotation, all passengers were required to board using at least 3 steps - a huge obstacle for many of our mobility-limited passengers.
We need your help to build two new 25 foot dock floats, elmintating those pesky stairs and allowing us to keep passengers' and the crew's feet dry while landing! The additional dock space will increase service reliability in windy conditions, passenger accessibility, passenger and crew safety as well as compliance with Americans with Disability Act (ADA). This one time cost of $50,000 for dock floats will sustain us for 8 to 12 years of service based on similar dock floats currently in use!!