Chappaquiddick ferry owner Peter Wells plans to haul On Time III, the larger of the two operating ferries that carry passengers and vehicles to and from Chappaquiddick, on September 3 for necessary maintenance and repairs.
The 64 foot vessell is due for new paint, replacement of its propellers, and a required U.S. Coast Guard inspection.
Mr. Wells said he hopes to have the ferry back in service by September 13, but advises that it could be out of service for a longer period, if unexpected repairs are needed.
He chose the week after Labor Day because the traffic to and from Chappaquiddick is historically very light. The smaller of the two ferries, On Time II, will run as usual.
“I hope it won’t be a big problem,” Mr. Wells said. “Last year it was absolutely dead that week. The year before it was pretty quiet, too. I want to get this boat painted, inspected, and back to work.”
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