GOLDEN GATE FERRY WELCOMES BACK THE M.S. MARIN

 

Golden Gate Ferry hosted a Community Open House to preview the newly refurbished M.S. Marin on Friday, June 22, 2007, at the Sausalito Ferry Landing in Sausalito, California.

The M.S. Marin entered into service on December 11, 1976, as the first of Golden Gate Ferry's Spaulding vessels. After 30 successful years of providing service between Marin and San Francisco counties, the vessel underwent a major rehabilitation of all customer amenities. The vessel returns to service in July 2007.

Enjoy the following photographs of the M.S. Marin:

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GOLDEN GATE FERRY FACT SHEET - JUNE 22, 2007

Golden Gate Sausalito Ferry

June 1970: The M.V. (Motor Vessel) Point Loma was purchased by Golden Gate Ferry. The twin-engine, diesel-powered ferry was built and operated as an excursion boat in San Diego and carried 575 passengers at a speed of 15 knots (17 mph).

August 15, 1970: After the vessel was reconditioned and rechristened the M.V. Golden Gate it was launched into service between Sausalito and San Francisco

March 15, 2004: The M.V. Golden Gate was retired from service and a Spaulding class vessel is now used on this route. Over its many years of service, the M.V. Golden Gate made about 432,108 round trips, traveled about 1,296,384 nautical miles and carried 21,129,850 passengers.

 

Golden Gate Larkspur Ferry

By 1977, the construction of three high-capacity Spaulding class ferry vessels had been completed for service between Larkspur and San Francisco. Each Spaulding is capable of carrying 715 passengers.

December 11, 1976: The first of the new ferries, the G.T. (Gas Turbine) Marin, went into service between Larkspur and San Francisco on. At the same time, the new Larkspur Ferry Terminal was dedicated.

March 7, 1977: The second vessel, G.T. Sonoma, was added to Larkspur service.

September 12, 1977: The third boat, the G.T. San Francisco, arrived. At this time, just two of the three ferries were kept in daily service, with the third as an alternate.

June 17, 1978: the San Francisco Ferry Terminal facility was dedicated.

December 1983: The first of the G.T. vessels was sent to San Diego for conversion to diesel power. To provide more frequent service and lower maintenance and fuel costs, all three Spaulding vessels were converted from a gas turbine water jet propulsion system to twin diesel engines and twin propellers.

By November 17, 1985: All three Larkspur ferries had returned and were rechristened with the designation M.S. (Motor Ship), and for the first time, all three vessels provided service between Larkspur and San Francisco. The commute, midday and weekend schedules were expanded and by the following year, ridership increased over 34%.

September 8, 1998: Golden Gate Larkspur Ferry expanded services between San Francisco and Larkspur with the launch of a new high-speed catamaran, Motor Vessel (M.V.) Del Norte. This significant milestone offered customers new commute options, including more frequent trips, better departure times, and faster crossings. The addition of the M.V. Del Norte to the Larkspur Ferry fleet nearly doubled the number of daily round trips available to customers —to 40 trips per day up from 26. The high-speed catamaran was an instant hit, increasing ridership by 11% overall.

July 20, 2001: On it way to Larkspur from the shipbuilder in Washington, Golden Gate Ferry’s second high-speed catamaran, M.V. Mendocino made a stop to be christened in her home county at Noyo Harbor near Fort Bragg.

September 10, 2001: The M.V. Mendocino was placed into service between Larkspur and San Francisco.

December 2002 to December 2003: To ensure its long-term viability as substantial warranty work was required on the M.V. Mendocino, the vessel was taken out of service and sent back to the original builder who made the necessary repairs at no cost to the District. It had been determined that the aluminum used for hull was constructed using a process that did not meet stringent marine engineering and U.S. Coast Guard regulations.

2001 to 2002: All Spaulding vessels had new more modern and efficient diesel engines installed.

November 2006 to July 2007: M.S. Marin underwent a complete refurbishment including all new seating, paint, deck covering and carpeting, ceilings and wall paneling, lighting, PA system, restrooms, refreshment stand, security cameras, windows, bicycle racks (accommodate at least 70 bicycles), modern handicap lift; generator and electrical systems.

The cost of the project was approximately $6 million, with 80% funded by Federal Transit Administration grant funds and 20% Bridge tolls. The project team included Naval Architect: Elliott Bay Design Group, Seattle, WA; Vessel Refurbisher: Bay Ship and Yacht Company, Alameda, CA; Interior Designer: Directions in Design, St. Louis, MI; Interior Furnishing: Maritime Services, Hood River, OR; and Seating: Beurteaux Seating, Australia

 

Fares

The one-way adult cash fare for Larkspur and Sausalito is currently $6.75 (and rises to $7.10 on July 1, 2007). The one-way discount Larkspur commuter fare with ticket book purchase or TransLink card is currently $4.25 per ride ($4.45 July 1) and for Sausalito it is $3.60 ($3.80 July 1) per ride. Discount programs offering 50% off of the adult cash fare are also available for youth, seniors, and persons with disabilities.

 

Ridership Summary 2000 to 2006

Golden Gate Ferry Ridership by

Fiscal Year (ending June 30)

FY 2006
FY 2005
FY 2004
FY 2003
FY 2002
FY 2001
FY 2000
Annual Larkspur & Sausalito
1,870,169
1,749,608
1,660,771
1,596,121
1,652,420
1,885,618
1,857,355
Annual Larkspur
1,402,668
1,334,644
1,276,373
1,269,643
1,311,782
1,451,237
1,408,340
Annual Sausalito
467,501
414,964
384,398
326,478
340,638
434,381
453,811

Average Weekday

Larkspur & Sausalito
6,148
5,696
5,349
4,984
5,538
6,232
6,173

Average Weekday

Sausalito
1,242
1,077
1,000
886
958
1,239
1,286

Average Weekday

Larkspur
4,906
4,619
4,349
4,338
4,581
4,993
4,887

Average Weekend/Holiday

Larkspur & Sausalito
2,918
2,763
2,741
2,517
2,305
3,356
Data not available
NOTE: Larkspur ridership figures include special services such as service to Giants baseball stadium.

 

Vessel Particulars

 
Spauldings *
M.V. Del Norte
M.V. Mendocino
Designer
Philip Spaulding & Associates

Advanced

Multi-Hull
In-Cat
Shipbuilder
Built in San Diego
Dakota Creek
Nichols Bros.
Number of Vessels
3
1
1
Year Delivered
1976 and 1977
1998
2001
Service Speed (knots)
20.5
36
36
Service Speed (mph)
23.6
41.4
41.4
Passenger Decks
3
2
3
Passenger Capacity
715
390
450
One-way Crossing Time
45 to 50 minutes
30 minutes
30 minutes
Bike Storage
25**
15
15
Length, overall
169'-1"
135'-4"
141'-1"
Beam, extreme
34'-3"
39'-4"
34'
Type of Hull
Aluminum
Aluminum
Aluminum
Number of Propellers
2
0
0
Number of Water Jets
0
4
4
Type of Engine
Replaced by 2003 with Detroit/MTU Diesel
Detroit
Cummins K50
Number of Engines
2
4
4
Draft, loaded
6'
5'
4'-9"
Gross Tonnage
99.89
99
87
Diesel Fuel Type
#2
#2
#2
Fuel Capacity
(U.S. Gallons)
10,375
3,400
4,000
Potable Water Capacity
(U.S. Gallons)
1,668
600
1,000

* Spaulding vessels are the Motor Ship (M.S.) Marin, M.S. San Francisco, and M.S. Sonoma.
** The newly refurbished M.S. Marin has bicycle storage capacity of 70 plus bicycles on the Main Deck.