NY Times – Facing Gators and Detours, Ferry heads North

ON THE OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY, Fla. — The captain and crew of the New York City-bound ferryboat known simply as Hull 200 spotted their first big alligator just before noon on Friday. And, eagerly anticipated as it was, it turned out to be a bad omen.

Their delight at seeing the reptilian menace slide into the canal they were navigating had barely subsided when the boat jerked to a stop. Three and a half days into its maiden voyage, Hull 200 was stuck in the Central Florida mud with no help in sight.

Boats get trapped in muck all the time, of course. But this sudden halt interrupted a crucial test for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s ambitious plan to start a citywide ferry service this summer.

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My husband Patrick and I have just purchased Gale Force (N47).  We can’t say enough good about Ken and Becky Fickett and all the assistance we’ve received during our search and purchase.  The Zavelsons’, from whom we purchased the boat, have also been terrific.  We have renamed the boat to JOURNEY and have so many hopes and dreams about where this new life journey will take us.  We are looking forward to meeting others from the GHTA.